ABOUT THE ALASKA TERRITORIAL GUARD ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

The Alaska Territorial Guard Organization Inc. (ATGO) is a non-profit organization established by Bob Goodman on April 25, 2006.

The purpose of the organization is to identify all members of the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) who served during WWII from January 1942 - March 31, 1947 and document their service. The organization's staff verifies the periods of service of each member through the research of documents, conducting personal interviews, handing out flyers, sending direct mail, attending AFN conferences and gatherings, and any other means necessary.

This data is used to provide completed application forms and other documentation necessary for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Army to certify each ATG member for federal recognition and to issue a discharge certificate and a transcript of military service.

ATGO staff members also provide each ATG member or the surviving family of a deceased ATG member with the names of federal and state agencies to contact to receive any entitlements due as a result of federal service. The staff will assist in the communication with these agencies when necessary.

The ATGO will also collect photographs and other information of a historical nature to archive for present and future generations to know about and appreciate the selfless service the ATG members provided this country.

This non-profit organization is supported by donations from individuals, businesses, corporations, and other agencies. If you would like to help with this very worthwhile effort to gain recognition for these deserving service members, you can make a tax deductible contribution to:

Alaska Territorial Guard Organization, Inc.,
200 W. 34th Ave, Suite 333
Anchorage, AK 99503-3969

These monies will be used for travel, per diem, supplies, equipment and other expenses necessary to conduct interviews and perform the research needed to document each member's service.

Army Letter

 

Sent: 3/23/2007 7:45:02 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Facts to support Budget Request for 2007 - ATG

Gen Campbell, I am forwarding to you a Fact Sheet that was provided to Rep. Bob Lynn to explain our needs and our plans for his consideration in providing a grant to ATGO Inc. to support the ATG program.  Our plans are to drastically increase our services for the next year to reach the maximum number of surviving ATG members and are reflected in the following categories.  An estimate for funds for this year is as follows:

       1.  Employees                     $172,500.
       2.  Office space                      19,500.
       3.  Equipment and Supplies     10,700.
       4.  Computer services             12,000.
       5.  Travel & perdiem           __38,000._
                                  TOTAL    $252,750.

When you talk with Rep. Lynn on this matter, you both will have the same info.  Please make this one of your priorities in order for us to promptly prepare to set up the program and get these applications to your department.
Jim O'Rear, ATGO Inc.

 

From: craig.campbell2
To: jim_orear
Sent: 3/23/2007 7:45:15 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: RE: ATGO Funding

 

Jim:

Thanks for the email.  I am going to Juneau this evening and will be
meeting with House Finance tomorrow.  As I understand it, money has been
earmarked in our budget for ATG.  Final amounts of course will not be known until the budget is complete. 

You ask if there can be a point of contact in the Governor's office to
administer any funds.  If that is your desire, you need to raise that
with Mike Nizich in the Governor's office.  As the budget is set today, the
monies come to DMVA for administering. 

I signed a new letter yesterday under Governor Palin's letterhead.

Good hearing from you.

Craig

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim ORear
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 9:48 AM
To: Campbell, Craig AK TAG NGAK
Cc: Bob Lynn; Bob Goodman
Subject: ATGO Funding

1.  Bob Goodman has been in Juneau with information packets for the
legislators to consider for the funding of our efforts to reach the
maximun number of Alaska Territorial Guard members possible this year.

2.  Would you support our efforts to establish as a point of contact, a
person in the Governor's office who would be willing to administer any
funds earmarked for ATGO, Inc. in our efforts to perform this task?  We would
present any proposals, bids, and invoices through that person for approval
and possible payment.  This would eliminate some of the workload on
your staff.

3.  Since the General Budget may not be available until mid-summer, is
there any way to apply for "emergency" or "supplemental funding" through any
agency that might provide approximately $50,000.00 earlier than the General
Budget?
These funds would be deducted from the amount approved in the General Budget.
The idea is to expand our operation in early spring and be able to fly
into the villages as soon as weather permits.

4.  We also need a new letter of introduction like the one you signed last
summer.  This would be on the current letterhead and very important to our
efforts.  If your secretary doesn't have her file copy, I will be happy to
fax a copy to your office.

I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you.  Jim O'Rear, ATGO, Inc.

 

From: craig.campbell2
To: jrorear
Sent: 3/30/2007 2:35:11 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Funding for ATG

Jim:

Good hearing from you.  Your questions are very timely, as Bob Goodman and I were in Juneau last week discussing these same issues with the legislature. I am sure that you can gain a lot of insight on what Bob learned by also talking to him.  

Here is what I know as of today:

1.  The House has moved to include $50,000 in the DMVA operating budget to support ATG certification.
2.  The House has not directed that the funds be administered as a grant to ATGO, but rather expects the funds to be used to increase the number of discharge certificates obtained for former ATG members.  I have told them that it is my intention to secure the services of ATG Inc to supplement our efforts.
3.  The House expects that DMVA will provide additional support, such as office space, equipment, and administrative support to ATGO, if we secure ATGO services (which I plan to do).
4.  The Senate military subcommittee has agreed with the house in the amount to be added to the DMVA budget on this issue.
5.  Neither the full House or Senate has taken final action on the DMVA budget and/or the ATG increased funding request.

Let me know if there is any additional information you require.

Maj Gen Craig E. Campbell

-----Original Message-----
From: jrorear
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 1:29 PM
To: Campbell, Craig AK TAG NGAK
Subject: Funding for ATG

I am writing to ask for an update on your efforts to obtain funding for ATGO to pursue efforts to obtain ATG applications for discharge for your office.
In our January correspondence you stated your office was pursuing a legislative grant for up to $250,000.00 in your budget submissions.  Please update me on where this request stands and who is working on this.  Is this being handled by John Cramer?
Also, in our March correspondence, you indicated that funds in your budget had been earmarked for the ATG and would be coming to your office.  Do you know at this time the amount of this funding?
I am concerned that we are approaching spring and need this year to be an extremely successful year in the total number of ATG members we can contact and submit to your office.  With all of the bad news recently on the treatment of veterans by various Veteran's organizations, I truly believe that, with your help, we can make history on the treatment of veterans by obtaining the maximum number of discharges possible for these ATG members.
Those of us who have enjoyed the Alaska lifestyle should not be selfish but should be honored to assist the ATG volunteers.  Most of them are not able to do it themselves but were quick to volunteer to guard Alaska.  I would hate to think what the Alaska lifestyle would be like today if the Japanese had established settlements in Alaska and there had not been anyone to prevent this.
Are you in a position to ask the other commissioners if they have any funds left over in last years budget that could be transferred to your office and earmarked for ATG?  These funds could be used to get an early spring start on funding work on the ATG program.
ATGO has a plan and a willing spirit to make tremendous progress on this program.  I feel that you have confidence in our abilities to provide you with documentation to be successful in recognizing these veterans.

Respectfully,

Jim O’Rear, ATGO, Inc



From: craig.campbell2
To: jrorearSent: 3/30/2007 2:40:54 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: RE: DMVA Assistance to ATGO, Inc .


Jim:

Thanks for the email.  At this time the State of Alaska does not have a contract with ATGO for services.  I would certainly entertain discussions on the services that ATGO intends to provide and the support that ATGO would need to be successful in obtaining the discharge certificates so important to our Alaskans.  Since the process is advancing on a potential appropriation to DMVA to address this issue, it would be timely for us to start the discussions on how best to use these funds and what services ATGO may be able to provide to supplement DMVA efforts.

Please contact Mr. Jerry Beale to initiate these discussions.

Maj Gen Craig E. Campbell

-----Original Message-----
From: jrorear
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 1:18 PM
To: Campbell, Craig AK TAG NGAK
Subject: DMVA Assistance to ATGO, Inc .

If I remember correctly, your office has offered to provide whatever assistance we need to make the efforts of ATGO, Inc. successful in obtaining federal recognition of the Alaska Territorial Guard members at the earliest possible date.

I would like to ask your consideration for the following assistance.
1.  The loan of a computer system, including an ink jet printer, for my use in my office and for use on the ATG program.
2.  Providing a small compact work station for the computer.
3.  Furnishing supplies such as printer ink, computer paper, file folders, and CD's.
4.  Providing military airlift to and from the major Alaska villages for ATGO staff to conduct interviews, complete applications, and collect documentation of service of ATG members.
5.  Provide an easy access to copies of death certificates to deceased members of the ATG.

Your assistance in these areas, and possibly others, would allow us to use any funds allocated by the state for per diem, other travel expenses, salaries, and miscellaneous expenses. This will also allow you to be more active in the ATG process.
In addition, it will allow us to get an early start in the spring collecting and processing applications for your office.
Please inform me of what you think of this idea and if you can provide this assistance.

Respectfully,

Jim O'Rear, ATGO, Inc.

Hon. Sarah Palin

Alaska State Capitol, 3rd Floor
Juneau, AK  99801-1182

 

Friday, 27 April 2007

Dear Governor Palin,

Thank you for your support for Alaska’s veterans and for me personally.  I’m writing to let you know that the Anchorage Assembly has thrown its support behind the Alaska Territorial Guard Organization (ATGO) by passing Resolution 2007-107.  It supports our request for a grant of State funds.  The grant request is the one I made to Sen. Huggins when I was down there the 18th of February.  I gave copies of it to Russell Kelly and John Bitney with your office.  A copy of the Resolution is attached.

As you may know, the sole purpose of the ATGO (a 501(c)3 non-profit) is to find every Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) member from World War II, and see them or their heirs personally receive their long overdue Honorable Discharge and veterans’ benefits.  Benefits include retirement pay and medical care, which these Alaskans need now more than ever.  Governor, I’ll just come right out and ask you to make this one of your top priorities.

Take note, on the attached map, how many ATG veterans protected the communities in your district.  Have you met a few ATG members along the way?  Getting them their benefits could really ease the burden for a lot of them.  It does me good to see them finally rewarded for the service they gave their best years to.

Thanks to Rep. Richard Foster and his staff, the State’s DMVA budget was increased by $50,000 a year to do this work.  Sadly, no matter how they use that money, it’s not nearly enough to take on such a big and such an urgent job.  Governor, I’ve learned, by years of experience, that it costs about $1,000 each to find, interview, process, and award each ATG member.  Things that screw up the work include:  The age of the members, the loss of records, difficulty many have with paperwork, and just getting them to trust us after all these years.  Up to now, less than 200 out of a total 6,600 ATG members have completed this process.

At the rate DMVA is able to do this work, final completion will take at least 12 years.  That is time these former ATG members just don’t have.  Since October 2004, over 60 of these heroes have died without receiving their discharge papers because this project has not been adequately funded.

Governor, the ATGO is ready to see this challenge through to completion.  We have the experience:  We have taken over 120 ATG members through this process.  We have the support of our two US senators and the Anchorage Assembly.  And I’m personally counting on yours.

Let us partner with you in making Alaska a state that keeps its promises.  These are special circumstances that require special consideration.  Fight with me for Alaska’s senior veterans, and see if it doesn’t just do you a whole lot more good too.  We need funding now, because time is running out, for all of them.

I am out of state right now for my granddaughter’s wedding.  In my absence Jay Griffin, formerly on Rep. Bob Lynn’s staff, has agreed to send you this letter for me.  I return to Alaska the 1st of May.  You can reach me at the phone number above or by email at: ragent@gci.net.  If you want to learn more, I invite you to visit my web site at:  www.goodmanforatg.com<.  Please contact me at your first opportunity.

Robert A. Goodman

President, ATGO, Inc.

 

 

 

From: craig.campbell2
To: jrorear
Sent: 5/8/2007 11:07:58 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Good Morning Gen. Campbell

Jim:

Thanks for the email.  Glad you were able to attend the COC, it really was a historic day for the Alaska Army National Guard.

As of now, our budget has passed through the Senate and House, but there are some differences that referred it to conference.  Not yet voted out for Governor signature. 

Both the House and Senate included $50,000 to DMVA for ATG work.  Pending any changes from Juneau, that money will be available 1 July 07 for use in the project.  I recommend you contact Jerry Beale to start developing the contract paperwork we will need to execute the money. For your guidance, I
will be expecting that the money will be paid for certificate package deliverables, terms to be worked out between you and Mr. Beale.

This is really good news that our legislature has elected to provide this funding for the ATG project.  I am optimistic that the work product will demonstrate confidence to the legislature that additional funds would be a good investment, should additional funds be needed.  Now is the time to produce.

Craig 

-----Original Message-----
From: jrorear

Sent: Monday, May 07, 2007 8:03 AM
To: Campbell, Craig AK TAG NGAK
Subject: Good Morning Gen. Campbell

I am in the area and setting up a workspace to continue on the ATG project. I attended the change of command function yesterday but didn't get to say "hi" to you.
I will be in touch with Jerry soon and see what it is going to take to aggressively pursue getting operational to maximize efforts to recognize members of the ATG.
What is the latest on any grant or funds coming in for ATGO to become involved again?  We have expenses and invoices from providing applications previously to the state we need to pay on in order to stay operational.
I will attempt to get on your schedule in the near future so we can discuss what needs to be done.
Be safe.  Jim O'Rear, ATGO, Inc

 

From: craig.campbell2
To: jrorear
Sent: 5/8/2007 11:07:58 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Good Morning Gen. Campbell

Jim:

Thanks for the email.  Glad you were able to attend the COC, it really was a historic day for the Alaska Army National Guard.

As of now, our budget has passed through the Senate and House, but there are some differences that referred it to conference.  Not yet voted out for Governor signature. 

Both the House and Senate included $50,000 to DMVA for ATG work.  Pending any changes from Juneau, that money will be available 1 July 07 for use in the project.  I recommend you contact Jerry Beale to start developing the contract paperwork we will need to execute the money. For your guidance, I
will be expecting that the money will be paid for certificate package deliverables, terms to be worked out between you and Mr. Beale.

This is really good news that our legislature has elected to provide this funding for the ATG project.  I am optimistic that the work product will demonstrate confidence to the legislature that additional funds would be a good investment, should additional funds be needed.  Now is the time to produce.

Craig 

-----Original Message-----
From: jrorear

Sent: Monday, May 07, 2007 8:03 AM
To: Campbell, Craig AK TAG NGAK
Subject: Good Morning Gen. Campbell

I am in the area and setting up a workspace to continue on the ATG project. I attended the change of command function yesterday but didn't get to say "hi" to you.
I will be in touch with Jerry soon and see what it is going to take to aggressively pursue getting operational to maximize efforts to recognize members of the ATG.
What is the latest on any grant or funds coming in for ATGO to become involved again?  We have expenses and invoices from providing applications previously to the state we need to pay on in order to stay operational.
I will attempt to get on your schedule in the near future so we can discuss what needs to be done.
Be safe.  Jim O'Rear, ATGO, Inc

 


 

SARAH PALIN IGNORES ALASKA’S ELDERLY WOMEN AS THEY DIE ONE BY ONE
15 September 2008

There are between 700 and 900 surviving widows of members of the Alaska Territorial Guard who served during WW II that have been due federal benefits from the Veteran’s Administration
since August 2000.  It is the responsibility of the State of Alaska to apply to the U.S. Army for a discharge certificate, on behalf of these women in, which is necessary to apply for benefits due. 

These benefits could range from $7,000.00 to $9,000.00 a year due the neediest of Alaska’s citizens.  All of these women are over 75 years old and many are poor and subsist off the land by fishing and hunting.  They have already lost thousands of dollars which would make such a difference in their lifestyle.  The state is losing about  $500,000.00 a year to the economy.

In addition, there are about 600 surviving veterans who are due a discharge certificate.  The Alaska National Guard’s goal for completing this goal under Gen. Craig Campbell was January 1, 2005 as verified by a Department of the Army letter dated 7 October 2004.  Gen. Campbell is currently a part of the Palin Administration and has made the statement that this was not one of his priorities.

During her campaign for governor, Sarah Palin promised that she would make this one of priorities if elected.  She failed to do that but chose instead to ignore the needs of these women.
She has no compassion for the lower or middle class, the poor, the elderly, or veterans who are due benefits as shown by her actions.  She had rather request funding for the mating habits of the seals.

At the Governor’s Picnic in 2007, she was asked for an appointment to discuss what she could do to expedite the discharge process since these survivors were dying rapidly.  We also wanted to discuss the lack of desire of her Adjutant General, Gen. Craig Campbell, to set any priority on the discharge process.  She said to contact her office and make an appointment.  I personally stopped by her office along with Colonel Robert Goodman, USAF Retired, who was the founder of the ATG recognition program, and her staff refused to give us an appointment.  We sat in that lobby for several hours on different days trying to see her and she ignored us.

Sarah Palin was approached again at the Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River in July 2007 and asked again for an appointment.  She said to contact her scheduler, Janice Mason, and she would set up an appointment.  An email was sent to Janice on 16 July 2007 requesting an appointment at the governor’s request and we never got a reply.

Letters and documents were hand delivered to her office outlining her Administration’s lack of concern for these deserving people.  Copies were given to her mother and father who were asked to see that Sarah received them.  Her husband got into an elevator with me and was asked to see if he could get us an appointment with his wife.  Sarah can’t say that she hasn’t been made aware of the benefits due these Alaskans by law.

After much effort to expose the inactivity of DMVA in 2007, the department finally prepared a written plan and hired additional people to work on the ATG program.  Unfortunately, many ATG veterans and spouses have died since 2004 without the recognition.

.After establishing the program for the state in 2003, they did not extend Col Goodman’s employment.  The first 23 discharges were obtained in 2004 due to the continued efforts of Col. Goodman using his own resources.  He also assisted greatly in arranging the presentations to the veterans.  Since that time, the State of Alaska has completed only 33 discharges through 2006.

I am a retired Major and have personally worked  as a volunteer with Col. Goodman, during the summers of 2004 through 2007,  to obtain applications on behalf of the ATG to be used by the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs . 


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