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Veteran EOD Brian Sullivan tells his story to President Obama

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on October 21, 2011

What he did not realize is that he had something much worse than a bad leg: post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It was just the way they describe it,” he said of his state after leaving the Army. “Your world is spinning out of control. You’re going out of your mind. And you don’t know why.”`

Foxboro veteran tells his story to President Obama  October 21, 2011

U.S. Army veteran Brian Sullivan has a story to tell, and Wednesday he had the chance to tell it directly to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama over lunch at a pizzeria in Virginia.

“I was there to advocate for veterans’ benefits and rights,” said the Foxboro native who served two tours in Afghanistan as part of an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit. “I was glad to be able to voice my concerns, and that my voice might be heard for veterans nationwide and worldwide.”

Sullivan, who lives with his wife, Michele, and four children in Virginia and works for defense contractor BAE Systems, was one of four veterans chosen to meet with the Obamas on Wednesday. They got together in a casual setting at Anna’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen in Hampton, Va., after the First Couple spoke on jobs for veterans at nearby Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

“It was totally unexpected,” Sullivan said, adding that there were regular patrons in the restaurant at the time as well. “I was just expecting to meet with some White House staffers for about an hour.”

He was selected by the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for what he thought would be some sort of roundtable discussion. Instead, he found himself conversing with the President of the United States about his dangerous Army career, his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how, after a seven-month struggle, he was able to not only find work to support his family, but eventually landed a job where he can help other Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

“He asked everyone to tell something about themselves but, when he came to me, he said, ‘Brian, I see you were an EOD guy,’” Sullivan recalled, impressed that President Obama knew his name and background as an Army Staff Sergeant who disarmed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in a warzone.

“I had a compelling job and some true stories to tell about my life,” Sullivan said. “I told my story.”

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2 Responses to “Veteran EOD Brian Sullivan tells his story to President Obama”

  1. I do not believe Obama will take action and stop the criminal destruction of soliders and contractors lives.

    I do greatly appreciate U.S. Army veteran Brian Sullivan’s service and discussion with Obama.

    I feel certain this was a photo op and campaign stop for Obama.

    I pray God will help Obama see the Hell on earth he is enabling by protecting the insurance company crimes and intentional ignoring of so many injuries and PTSD.

    I believe it will take a miracle from God or a grand jury indicting Obama, Solis, Holder and Borzi to stop these evil crimes.

    Bush and his Director’s are guilty of the same.

    In the article immediately before this one this Defense Base Act website wrote about Obama’s DOL holding DBA claims hostage by failing to provide required meetings and this website administrator asked how many PTSD patients might commit suicide because of this.

    Obama’s DOL Director’s read my own Psychologists reports that are seen at

    They know MetLife ignored my LTD claim for eye cancer for six years. They know I often had no money for medical, surgery, food or shelter. Obama’s Directors sent me a letter from Washington saying that stopping violations is their top priority, but they did nothing even after seeing my Psychologist write these quotes :

    “His intense emotional misery is a daily struggle. His concentration and sleep are impaired. His thoughts and emotions are so troubled he describes feeling “like my brain is on fire. In light of the violations Metlife has committed against Mr. Schmittou and Metlife’s awareness of the additional harm caused him, Metlife’s actions seem irresponsible, inhumane, dangerous, and reckless.

    ProPublica proves we can have no faith in the Obama/Bush DOL. ProPublica wrote :

    “Workers fought long battles for medical care, including such things as prosthetic devices and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Labor officials can recommend cases for prosecution to the Justice Department–but have only done so once in the past two decades, according to Labor officials.”

    Joseph Belth, Professor Emeritus for Indiana University wrote this about the governments lack of enforcement of U.S. Title 29 health care laws :

    “They’ve turned Erisa on its head,” “It was supposed to protect employees, and it’s being used to protect insurers.”

    You can see much more evidence of Obama regulators complete failure to uphold the laws by pasting and and clicking on the links. You can also click on my name to see the last link.

    I have had surgery on both eyes but I’m working on more succinct versions. The Court recently denied my request for a Special prosecutor that is seen by pasting :

    I pray people will forward this evidence to everyone you know and hopefully someday a local or Federal Grand jury will indict all the government officials (in both political parties) who protect deadly crimes committed repeatedly by huge corporations !

    • defensebaseactcomp said

      Thank you Barry for your support.
      It’s very true that the President and his appointee Hilda Solis could give a damn about the lives they are allowing to be ruined.
      They have been purchased and care only for their own gains.

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