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
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,
permission to speak was revoked by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
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
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.