James "Sneaky" White Home for Chistmas

National Veterans Foundation President & Founder Shad Meshad has been working for decades on a pardon case here in California, the 44-year imprisonment of James “Sneaky” White, one of the most decorated chopper pilots of the Vietnam War. The Jewish News of Northern California recently published a terrific and thorough article on James White and…

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James "Sneaky" White Home for Chistmas

National Veterans Foundation President & Founder Shad Meshad has been working for decades on a pardon case here in California, the 44-year imprisonment of James “Sneaky” White, one of the most decorated chopper pilots of the Vietnam War. The Jewish News of Northern California recently published a terrific and thorough article on James White and…

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Justice for Veterans

Last month, CBS Sunday Morning ran a story by Lee Cowen about public defenders and their caseloads.  Cowen interviewed Rhonda Covington, the only public defender in her judicial district of a thousand square miles.  Covington’s case load is 500-600 cases a year. The American Bar Association’s standard is 150 per year. My ears perked up…

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Home for Christmas. Three simple words that hold both memory and promise for most of us. Jim White, War Hero, Incarcerated for 40 Years James “Sneaky” White is a decorated Vietnam veteran. He dreams of a Christmas at home with his wife. Fellow soldiers named James “Sneaky” because of his daring as a helicopter pilot, providing support…

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assistance for veterans

While there are many organizations that offer assistance for veterans there are some critical areas that are not adequately addressed in spite of this. Mental illness treatment, trauma and injury, and suicide prevention are all important topics in the veteran community, and problems that many veterans either have faced or are currently facing now. Homelessness…

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Late in April, Shad Meshad returned to Ironwood State Prison at the request of James “Sneaky” White, a decorated Marine combat veteran. The two met at Tehachapi Prison in 1978 when Meshad spoke to a group of incarcerated veterans.  White went on to establish ongoing veterans groups wherever he was transferred in the system. In…

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Sneaky White—decorated combat Vietnam Vet, veteran advocate and fundraiser from inside California’s Ironwood Prison—sent me an article about two inmates at Soledad who run a Veteran Services Office. Michael “Doc” Piper and Ed Munis have run the office for ten years.  They’ve helped over 1000 vets in prison access their VA benefits. Many veterans don’t…

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My career working with vets started when I got home from Vietnam in 197­1.  Initially I was hired to find out why vets were not using the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles.  Finding the answer meant I had to find vets where they were living and talk to them. LA is a big, sprawling…

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