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Mike Yon - Some History and (a ton of his) Hysteria

Over here at Chromed Curses is the explanation/history of Michael Yon's fascination with CJ Grisham.

...Yon put on his Drama Panties and declared (and still declares to this day), that CJ threatened him and has homicidal ideations...

So read that to get an idea of where the Yon- Grisham thing started.  It is really the best blow-by-blow explanation of the duel between the two of them and worth your time to read.

And go read this post to get a history of his issues with Soldiers' Angels

...For me, it was just the (then) latest example of someone turning to me with behind-the-scenes trouble with Mike Yon.

It wouldn't be the last...

And, in the interests of making up your own mind, please see this Facebook post of his to see how off the rails he has gotten by calling Soldiers' Angels members "Soldiers' Demons" and calling me "the Godfather" . In his latest post, I'm not sure if he's cheering on the IED planting Taliban kid or not.  It's so convoluted, I can't tell his main point - even paragraph to paragraph.  One commentary on it:

It's a veritable jambalaya of dopey Army MEDEVAC (aka Crusader Copters), Mendard, T.G.I.F. on KAF, SSG Bales and his West Coast lawyer, CJ, Special Forces on bicycles, PAOs disguised as jackasses (or was that the other way around?), and something about Nazis with scars. Interspersed with commentary from some shrink who could very well be MAJ Hasan.

And recently, he has been accusing me of attacking his reputation.  All of my posts (whether they were about his fight with Professional Soldiers or about Medevacs) had to do with his posts and the issues at hand.  Don't take my word for it, go read the links and judge for yourself.  And on his Facebook page, I told him that he was only hurting himself by continuing to attack me.  I think that history will bear that one out.

Mike accused me on Facebook of using my SA Board membership to hurt him.  That is patently false.  I have never linked the two and always do my best when working for SA to support the troops.  SA members bought his latest book in order to help him support SA. 

Mike also posted accusations about the financials of SA.  The entire board and I also have our reputations staked to Soldiers' Angels.  SA maintains the highest ratings for transparency and scores extremely high with the Better Business Bureau.  But don't take it from me (and please don't take it from Mike Yon), go check the website where seven years of financials are posted (along with auditor reports). And, you can see that Board members are not compensated.  We are all volunteers.  Just like the other 250,000 people around the world who call themselves Angels.  In fact, two board members that haven't raised the ire of Mike Yon (yet) and doing a separate report on his accusations in order to assure everyone that SA is operating in the best and most fiscally responsible manner. 

However, the two people Mike Yon attacks - MaryAnn of SA Germany and Patti Patton-Bader - are two of the best people that I have ever had the honor of knowing.  PERIOD.  Those are the two people who do more for our wounded and our military than anyone I have ever heard of.  I'm not going to call anyone names here, but I think you can draw a conclusion about what I think of the kind of man throws vague accusations and innuendo ("where there's smoke, there's fire") around hoping to discover secrets (like he did with the generals that he claims he got fired).  He should immediately apologize to SA and especially to Patti and MaryAnn, admit his wronging of a great organization, and go do what he does best - report from places where journalists don't tend to go - like Thailand.

Soldiers' Angels continues to be one of the best, most responsive, fiscally responsible, and biggest volunteer driven organizations dedicated to taking care of our military men and women and their families.

I am humbled and honored to continue to support them in their mission, and I sincerely hope you do too.

Thank you!


"The Godfather"