Friday, March 28, 2008


~~~A LOCAL STORY HERE In IDAHO,NAVY BLOCKS KNIFE GIVEAWAYS!SOME DIRTBAGZ STOP US FROM GIVING TOKEN OF APPRECIATION!=^.^= ~~~~~~ RULE PLACES A $20 LIMIT ON GIFTS!!!! COEUR d'ALENE -- As far as the U.S. Navy is concerned, the Buck stops here. Veterans of the Iraq War are being told they can't receive a commemorative Buck knife as a "thank you" for their service and sacrifice. "Someone put up a red flag and said we can't do it," said Lt. Troy Gilbert, a member of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion based out of Hayden. "There's a $20 limit in value that a service member can accept as a gift. These knives are valued at $103." Gilbert said roughly 40 reservists were going to each receive a special knife made by Buck Knives during an April 5 ceremony. "I am trying to see what can be done," Gilbert said. "I know the Navy JAG is looking at the legality of it. We might be able to get around this rule." Graham Crutchfield, a retired Marine, organized the commemorative knife program by raising money for the knives and is incensed with the Navy's edict. "It makes no sense and it defies logic," Crutchfield said. "A private citizen can't give one of our troops a gift for putting their lives at risk because of some bureaucratic nonsense. It's an insult to the American people." The problem began when Gilbert was trying to get some positive publicity from the Navy on the program. His efforts backfired when a senior officer said the gifts violated Navy regulations. "A lot of people have the 'Can't do attitude,'" Gilbert said. More than 500 Inland Northwest veterans, including those wounded in combat, have received special knives since the program's inception in 2005. "We haven't had any problems with any of the services until now," Crutchfield said. "All of the funds are contributed from folks who live in the area. We've had individuals, businesses, and service clubs make donations so that we as a people can express our appreciation for what these youngsters are going through on behalf of our children and grandchildren." CJ Buck, president and CEO of Buck Knives, said he was amazed by the Navy's decision to forbid its personnel from receiving the special knives. "I had no idea it would be a problem," Buck said. "Here's an individual trying to honor soldiers. It seems to be a shame." PLEASE RESPECT,THANK,HONOR,SUPPORT & PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS,VETS,FIRST RESPONDERS and THEIR FAMILIES ;-)

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