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New Obama policy prevented a decorated U.S. Army Green Beret sergeant from speaking at a Catch a Dream Foundation fund raising event-Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor:  
A forwarded email from someone who says he works with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation where a decorated Green Beret,  U.S. Army Sergeant Greg Stube, was scheduled to speak as an inspirational speaker for a fund raising event.  The email said that Stube had to cancel his appearance because President Obama instituted a policy which prevents  U.S. Servicemen from speaking at faith-based public events.
 

The Truth:  
There is no new policy by the Obama Administration forbidding U.S. Servicemen from appearing at faith-based fund raising events.

We have found Department of Defense (DOD) ethics polices dating back as far as 1997 that prohibited DOD employees from officially endorsing or appearing to endorse membership drives or fundraising activities for non-federal entities.

Dr. Marty Brunson, the executive director of the Catch-A Dream Foundation, told TruthorFiction.com that Sergeant First Class Greg Stube was a scheduled guest speaker for the 8th Annual Catch the Vision  event hosted on May 16, 2009 by the Starkville Gun Club, about 120 miles North East of Jackson, Mississippi. Stube's permission to speak was revoked by his commanding officer although this was not because of any new policy of the Obama administration, as the email implied.  

Sergeant Stube is with U.S. Army Special Forces and was seriously injured in 2006 while serving in Afghanistan.  An improvised explosive device (IED) set off by the Taliban detonated and sent a one-pound piece of shrapnel through his hip and his intestines.   He also lost part of his leg from the fire blast of the explosion but miraculously survived the ordeal.

The Catch-A Dream Foundation is a non profit organization that provides outdoor experiences to children with life-threatening illness.   

The originator of the email was not an employee at Catch-A-Dream but a volunteer who sent out his complaint to a few friends and it eventually avalanched on World Wide Web.

There is another version of this eRumor, allegedly written by retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Robert Scarborough. The text is basically the similar to that of the volunteer's original email.  Admiral Scarborough would well be aware of the ethics policies by which members of the military are bound. Therefore, it is doubtful that the Admiral would have sent it.

updated 07/09/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

I wanted to give ya'll some disturbing information on our wonderful president. I work with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation
(www.catchadream.org <http://www.catchadream.org/) which provides hunting and fishing trips to children with life-threatening illnesses.

It is a great program needless to say. This past weekend we had our annual banquet/fundraiser event in Starkville. As part of the program, we had scheduled Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube, a highly decorated U.S. Army Green Beret and inspirational speaker who was severely injured while deployed overseas and didn't have much of a chance for survival.

 Greg is stationed at Ft. Bragg and received permission from his commanding officer to come speak at our function. **Everything was on go until Obama made a policy that NO U.S. SERVICEMAN CAN SPEAK AT ANY FAITH-BASED PUBLIC EVENTS ANYMORE.** Needless to say, Greg had to cancel his speaking event with us. Didn't know if anyone else was aware of this new policy. Wonder what kind of news we all will receive next?

Another version:

 Sent by Retired Vice Admiral Bob  Scarborough, of Arlington , Va.

 "I wanted to give you all some disturbing information on our wonderful president. I work with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation which provides hunting and fishing trips to children with life-threatening illnesses. This past weekend we had our annual banquet / fundraiser event in Starkville . "As a part of our program, we had scheduled  Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube, a highly decorated U.S. Army Green Beret and inspirational speaker who was severely injured while deployed overseas and didn't have much of a chance for survival to come. Greg is stationed at Ft. Bragg , NC and received permission from his commanding officer to come speak at our function... Everything was  on go until Obama made a policy that NO U.S. SERVICEMAN CAN SPEAK AT  ANY FAITH-BASED PUBLIC EVENTS ANYMORE. Needless to say, Greg had to cancel his speaking event with us... Didn't know if anyone else was aware of this new policy. Wonder what kind of news we all will receive next. You're just starting to see the Obama nation. Your religion is on the list next. I don't know about you, but this makes me furious.

 This is just how the Nazis did it in the  30's, slowly, one step at a time.

 If you don't see the similarities you are truly blind.

 Put it out there folks!!!!!!

 


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