Copera’s Corner (Episode #3), with hosts Rebecca L. Mahan and Hallie Neill, unwrap the horrors both Gwen Caldwell and Fred Galvin, Major USMC Retired, are battling today. When combing the two stories, you will hear how bringing awareness can make a drastic impact on the lives of the innocent.
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“A Horror story in South Dakota”
By: Hallie Neill
So, just what’s happening at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the tiny town of Rapid City, South Dakota – and is it unique? Sadly, not by a long shot. Gwen Caldwell, Founder and CEO of Medicine Horse Village sheds light on a dark, little known horror story with staggeringly high statistics of poverty, neglect, homelessness, unemployment, infant mortality, rape, seniors literally dying from the winter cold, including 3 US Veterans just last year. Yes, that’s our Vets who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, and now left homeless and literally freezing to death in the streets.
Natives who do have homes are living packed as sardines, up to 30 people per tiny 3 bedroom substandard home – without water, electricity or sewage. Tragically, teen suicide is at an epidemic rate – more than 300% higher than the national average (over 30 suicides this year alone!). Most alarming? This very same scenario is playing out in Indian reservations across the US and Canada. Caldwell is on a mission to provide the Natives their very basic needs such as winter coats, blankets, pillows, personal care items such as razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, underwear, and socks. 10% of Native Americans living in South Dakota are Veterans – and many do not have even their most essential survival needs. Living in a prison like décor at the Veteran’s Homeless Shelter, Vets are painting murals on the dreary walls, but need acrylic paints and brushes to continue their therapeutic expression.
Financial donations or any of the above supplies are most needed and welcome. www.medicinehorsevillage.com
During the interview with Gwen, Rebecca brought to light a program implemented by Medicaid that many American’s may not even know exist. Essentially, Medicaid has mandated and joint ventured with states individually requiring them to recover expenses paid those who have utilized Medicaid services.
The recovery from individuals can come from their estate/trust upon death or while alive if institutionalized. The only exceptions to this are if the decedent is “survived by a spouse, child under age 21, or blind or disabled child of any age” or (when institutionalized) “except when one of the following individuals resides in the home: the spouse, child under age 21, blind or disabled child of any age, or sibling who has an equity interest in the home.
The states must remove the lien when the Medicaid enrollee is discharged from the facility and returns home.” States are also required to have procedures in place that allows exceptions for an undue hardship. http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Eligibility/Estate-Recovery.html
By: Rebecca L. Mahan
The second half of the show brings a call to action by Major USMC Retired, Fred Galvin. Fred is known by many as the first Commander of MARSOC 7 (Marine Corps Special Operations Command) to have been deployed to Afghanistan on specific assignment. Fred exposes the facts of how he and his team were ambushed twice, ultimately leading to having been accused and tried in the alleged killing of 19 Afghan civilians and wounding of 50 others. He also unmasks the abuse of authority made by members of the investigation and those involved with the legal proceedings.
While all members of the MARSOC 7 team were exonerated, there was no official statement declaring them as “not guilty.” Fred indicates the comments released were “The Marines acted appropriately….”.
There are many repercussions these Marines face due to the lack of a clear “not guilty” statement. The fact is there was no killing or wounding inflicted on Afgan civilians by these Marines, nor was there evidence indicating otherwise. The investigation proved quite the opposite. What remains for our hero’s, after a clouded verdict, leads people to believe they had killed and wounded the innocent but got away with it. This assumption affects potential employment and business opportunities, personal relationships, and health issues, among countless other areas of their lives. Most importantly, it mars their name. These Marines need to have their name restored.
We have come to a point in our society whereby a handshake is no longer valued as a man’s promise. We can not let the erosion of values affect who we are…our name.
We invite you to call your Senators and Congressmen to act on behalf of these United States MARSOC Marines for a public issuance of a definitive and clear “not guilty” final exoneration statement, as well as, action taken to address the “abuse of authority” made by members involved in this investigation and its legal proceedings.
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COPERA’S Corner hosts:
“Soprano Hallie Neill is a rapturous singing actress…” (The New York Times)
Beginning her career as a singing waitress and singing telegram performer, Hallie left sunny San Diego for the wilds of Alaska working for the Alyeska Pipeline to support her dream of singing on the operatic stage.
Professional light opera and musical theatre roles led to her grand opera debut in New York City in the leading role in “La Traviata” for an audience of 20,000 in Central Park with the New York Grand Opera.
Hallie has since appeared in over 35 countries from Hong Kong to Dubai, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and with regional opera companies throughout the US.
Hallie created leading roles in two operatic world premieres: Anton Coppola’s “Sacco and Vanzetti” for Opera Tampa and Philip Glass’s "La Belle et la Bete" throughout Europe, and has toured extensively in leading operatic roles with Teatro Lirico d’Europa throughout Spain, Portugal, Germany and the US. Recorded for Nonesuch Records with the Philip Glass Opera Ensemble and appeared as the opera singer voice over artist in the feature film “Doggie Boogie”.
A noted playwright, Hallie was featured on the 50th Annual Grammy Awards Entry List for “Best Musical Show Album” for her first script, starring opposite her husband, Metropolitan Opera baritone Theodore Lambrinos in “A Scandalous Affair” throughout the US including Lincoln Center and the Players Club in New York City.
As a humanitarian and spokesperson, Hallie has appeared on FOX News with Kelly Wright’s Beyond the Dream Series for the Coats 4 Kurdistan relief efforts, on NBC with Chuck Scarborough, News 4 New York, for a disease awareness campaign, as professional ambassador for victims of human trafficking for WAR, International and serves on the board of Change for Hope, a non profit creating coalitions of care to help refugees in Kurdistan.
Rebecca was employed for over 10 years as a law enforcement officer and was a Field Training Officer, as well as, Background Investigator. She has spent over20 years studying domestic violence and working with victims of various traumatic events. She has spent many years working directly with others to be successful in their independent business goals and a successful recruiter. She is an author and host of several radio shows. Rebecca was a columnist for over 7 years at a community college and is currently a columnist, “Becca’s Brief’s” with Communities Digital News.
Her education includes: Associates degrees in Christian Studies, General Education, General Business Management, and Law Enforcement. Bachelor’s degrees in Church Ministry and Occupational Studies Vocational Arts. Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. Currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Philosophy of Theology program.
Rebecca has combined her knowledge and experience to create the successful program, V.O.T.E., Victims Overcoming Traumatic Events, Program for those exposed to domestic violence and other traumatic events. Her goal is to assist law enforcement, first responders, and others to save lives, reduce injury, and help others to move forward to a healthier life.