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Old 06-27-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Shame on you Castillo




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Iraq war veteran and double amputee Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., angrily heaped scorn Wednesday onto an IRS contractor who used a military prep school injury from 27 years ago to qualify for disabled veteran status, accusing him of misrepresenting his injury to game the VA system and obtain preferential treatment for his company's bidding on IRS contracts.

The contractor, Braulio Castillo, is the president and CEO of Strong Castle Inc., which has recently drawn scrutiny over hundreds of millions of dollars worth of questionable IRS contracts it has received. Investigators with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have said that Castilllo claimed the injury and intentionally located the company in a government-designated "hubzone" to make his company's bids for IRS contracts more competitive.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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Yep. Businessmen massage the rules.
They can make an example of this guy, but it will not deter the any cutthroat businessman from making similar decisions. It's just what they do.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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Did this guy even serve in the military? If so, how did the VA examine his medical records from service?

If he didn't serve, how did the VA even allow him to get benefits without a DD214?

Now that he's been caught, I hope he pays back the VA and writes a check for money he obtained for preferential status.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #4
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Did this guy even serve in the military? If so, how did the VA examine his medical records from service?

If he didn't serve, how did the VA even allow him to get benefits without a DD214?

Now that he's been caught, I hope he pays back the VA and writes a check for money he obtained for preferential status.
I wonder if he gets it on a technicality because it occurred at a military prep school.
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I wonder if he gets it on a technicality because it occurred at a military prep school.
military prep school does not constitute military service unless it was something like NAPS. That would be like being at a regular public high school or private school and doing Junior ROTC.

If it was a formal military service school like West Point, Naval Academy, etc, then yes since they are considered in military service. Same goes with being in boot camp.

So I wonder which school type he attended.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #6
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It looks like she conceded that he hadn't broken any laws.

I'm not a fan of the idea of the "spirit of the law." The law is either broken or it's not. If a person's behavior produces a result that people find distasteful, then that's a fault of the law. It's sort of like when Congress was trying to paint Apple as a bad corporate citizen for refusing to repatriate international funds so that they could be taxed.
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It looks like she conceded that he hadn't broken any laws.
true, but I'm curious as to the nature of his "service"
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:15 PM   #8
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true, but I'm curious as to the nature of his "service"
I think the much more unfortunate part of this fiasco is that apparently he had a friend within the IRS who appears to have funneled work to his company. I agree that he seems like kind of a douchebag for talking about his "sacrifice" for the country, though.
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At one point, Duckworth read aloud from a letter that Castillo had sent to the VA as his company sought set-aside contract status, quoting him as saying, "These are crosses that I bear due to my service to our great country and I would do it again to protect this great country."
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Congresswoman Duckworth Scolds Contractor Over Phony "War Wound"

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So you say your foot hurts, huh? Well, Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s feet hurt, too -- and she doesn’t even have feet.

That’s what Duckworth told a man who was using a nearly 30-year-old football injury to win a federal contract as a disabled veteran.


In 1984, Braulio Castillo was attending the U.S. Military Academy Prep School, where he injured his ankle during an orienteering exercise. Castillo left the prep school after nine months, then played football the next year at the University of San Diego.

Still, 27 years later, soon after Castillo purchased a government contracting company, he filed a claim with the Veterans Affairs Department seeking compensation for a service-related disability, investigators found.
Once approved, the disability enabled Castillo’s company access to government set-asides through VA’s Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program.
Castillo told a VA examiner weighing the company’s application for entry into the set-aside program about the “crosses I bear due to my service to our great country,” according to the report.

He later told congressional investigators that his injury was debilitating over the years and that he’d had three foot fusions. Had Castillo completed his year at the preparatory school without injury, he wouldn’t have been considered a veteran, but a VA official told House investigators that cadets injured at school become veterans due to service-connected disability, the report said.

On Wednesday, Castillo was called to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as the result of an investigation into his company’s contract.

When it was Duckworth’s turn to question Castillo, she let him know what a real war wound feels like. Duckworth lost both legs after her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq.

"Does your foot hurt?" Duckworth asked Castillo.

Castillo said it did.

"My feet hurt too," said Duckworth. "In fact, the balls of my feet burn continuously, and I feel like there's a nail being hammered into my heel right now. So I can understand pain and suffering, and how service connection can actually cause long-term, unremitting, unyielding, unstoppable pain."

Then she added, "I'm sorry that twisting your ankle in high school has now come back to hurt you in such a painful way, if also opportune for you to gain this status for your business."

Here’s the video so you can watch the entire encounter, which was probably more painful to Castillo than his foot.
How many other non combat wounds are being compensated?
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Congresswoman Duckworth Scolds Contractor Over Phony "War Wound"

How many injured and disabled veterans aren't getting treated?

Guy is a sad sack, no doubt.


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Congresswoman Duckworth Scolds Contractor Over Phony "War Wound"

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How many other non combat wounds are being compensated?

I have service connected injuries sustained while not deployed and receive benefits/compensation. Though my case is unique.

So that isn't the issue. The issue is the nature of his service and likely mischaracterization of his "injury" to the VA.


In terms of combat. The US code defines combat injuries as:

-direct result of armed conflict
-conditions simulating war (eg training exercise)
-or by an instrumentality of war


I forget the fourth one.


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I don't see how this is not fraud
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I don't see how this is not fraud
He's technically a medically-retired veteran, just like my friend who never graduated basic training due to injury.

He never claimed to be a combat-wounded veteran, at least not in this story.


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Congresswoman Duckworth Scolds Contractor Over Phony "War Wound"

The only fraudulent part is probably him not mentioning to the VA that he went on to play football.


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a letter Castillo sent to a government official in which he claimed he and his family "made considerable sacrifices" for their country, including that his "service-connected" disability "should serve as a testimony to that end." The considerable hardship he claimed are "crosses I bear due to my service to our country and I would do it again to protect this great country."


Unequivocally false statement. Injury was not "due" to service to our County and he did not sustain said "injury" while "protect[ing]" this country
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a letter Castillo sent to a government official in which he claimed he and his family "made considerable sacrifices" for their country, including that his "service-connected" disability "should serve as a testimony to that end." The considerable hardship he claimed are "crosses I bear due to my service to our country and I would do it again to protect this great country."


Unequivocally false statement. Injury was not "due" to service to our County and he did not sustain said "injury" while "protect[ing]" this country
Not unequivocally. He could make the argument that he was in service to his country (very tenuous) and he said he would do it "again" to protect the country, not that his original injury was sustained while protecting the country.

Anyway: the guy's clearly a douchebag.
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Not unequivocally. He could make the argument that he was in service to his country (very tenuous) and he said he would do it "again" to protect the country, not that his original injury was sustained while protecting the country.

Anyway: the guy's clearly a douchebag.
I don't believe that prep school counts are service to your country under any circumstances, but I would defer to our military guys to answer that question
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I don't believe that prep school counts are service to your country under any circumstances, but I would defer to our military guys to answer that question
Neither would I, personally. But apparently his injury qualified under whatever regulations cover such things.

Didn't we already have a thread about this? Where did it go?
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