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U.S. Army Veteran Harassed by Collection Agency

Have you heard this story?  At http://rt.com/usa/news/us-debt-collector-disabled-veteran-372/ they tell the horror of Michael Collier and his wife who have been harassed by a Minnesota Collection Agency as they try to collect on a $6000.00 student loan that is in default.   According to the couple, the collection agency and its lawyers continued to bombard them with repeated threats and verbal curses after they were given an exemption from a court.

  “If you would have served our country better you would not be a disabled veteran living off Social Security while the rest of us honest Americans work our a–es off,” one of the agency’s debt collectors allegedly told the vet. “Too bad, you should have died.”

According to the article, “The couple is now seeking compensation for actual damages, statutory damages, and punitive damages for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), privacy invasion, malicious infliction of emotional distress and conversion.”

What really makes me angry is that this veteran, Michael Collier, received disability after having permanent spine and head injuries while in the Army.  His service to our country should afford him respectful treatment from all Americans including debt collectors.  I question the reason Mr. Collier even has a student loan debt.  Shouldn’t he receive schooling as part of his service? Moreover, if collection agencies are allowed to treat a disabled veteran and his wife this way, how can any other citizen in this country expect to be treated any better?

What do you think?

Sources Cited

‘You should’ve served US better and died!’ Debt collector berates disabled veteran. (2012, October 14). Retrieved from RT: http://rt.com/usa/news/us-debt-collector-disabled-veteran-372/

ROSS, J. (2012, October 12). The Worst Debt Collector in the World? Retrieved from Courthouse News Service: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/10/12/51225.htm

 

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Ciuis sum of America (I am a citizen of America)

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The word “Citizenship” seems to be a buzz word for both political parties and their speech writers. The point they are desperately trying to make is that Americans need to be good citizens if they wish to “change” the world.  I fear that neither party really knows what good citizenship looks like, nor do they practice the principles of citizenship.

What are the characteristics of Citizenship?  Every quarter, in the school where I teach, students who exemplify good citizenship receive an award.  Here is the scale that is followed when choosing a student:

COURAGE — Student must exhibit bravery, valor and guts.  It takes courage to stand up for what is right, when the crowd is going in the opposite direction,

HONOR – Student exhibits loyalty, respect, and trust towards others.

LEADERSHIP—Promotes respect for authority, school policies, and property.  Leads others to do the same.

SERVICE—Accepts responsibility; shows initiative.  Does things without being asked, that benefit others and not just self.

PATRIOTISM – Exhibits love of country, city/town, school, and neighborhood.

RESPECT – Does unto others as he/she would have done to them. Conscientious and thoughtful of others.

If I had to award our politicians, leaders, political parties, CEO’s, Bankers, and others who run our country with a Citizenship Award, I wonder if any of them could meet the criteria.  When November rolls around and it is time for Americans to vote, I hope they will consider whether the person they will vote in for the job of president, senator, representative, etc. can meet the criteria elementary students must meet in order to be a good citizen.  Our leaders should be the model that the citizens of the country follow.  It will be interesting to see if they can live up to these high standards and “change” the world.

 

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