Veteran’s scathing letter to Paul Ryan over budget deal, ‘stolen’ benefits goes viral

A retired veteran, already up in arms over a budget deal cutting veterans’ retirement benefits, couldn’t believe what he got in his email inbox — a fundraising appeal from one of the deal’s architects.

Chuck Wooten, a retired chief master sergeant of the U.S. Air Force, exploded on U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.,in a scathing letter posted on his Facebook page.

“[Congressman Ryan] had the audacity to send me an email after he had just gotten done picking my pocket on the budget deal and had his hand out looking for a cash donation,” Wooten told Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Friday.

Wooten explained his position on “The Kelly File”:

Read Wooten’s entire letter here:

FB Friends,

I’m still mulling this Paul Ryan budget deal that stole money from every military retiree (past, present and future). This morning, upon opening my email, I noticed I had a letter from Congressman Paul Ryan…and it was begging me for an “emergency end of the year donation.” It only proves what we already know. The folks in Washington are indeed clueless. Instead of hitting the delete button, I decided to call Congressman Ryan out on his audacity and lack of self-awareness. I sent the following to him. I’m also posting it on the FB USAF Chiefs page as an open letter to the Congressman. If you’re a retiree, I will tell you we may have lost the battle, but not the war. If you’re inclined and find it worthy, let’s flood social media with this letter and see if we can get some traction. Thanks.

To Congressman Paul Ryan

Today at 8:19 AM

Congressman Ryan,

Please note that this request by you for a cash donation from me is extremely unfortunate and very ill-timed. You see sir, I am one of the military retirees your “bipartisan” budget just impacted. You and every Republican (both in the House and Senate that voted to pass this travesty betrayed and broke trust with me and everyone like me. You may not know us by name, but we’re the people, Congressman, who answered our Nation’s call, some of us at a very early age to willingly serve YOU and others LIKE YOU so you could safely attend college and pursue your personal ambitions without fear of harm.

You might also want to note that for at least 20 years, my brothers-in-arms answered that call of duty EVERY SINGLE DAY, without fail, without complaint, without enough money to sustain our loved ones we had to leave behind while we DID OUR JOB in every corner of the Earth. And for that service, we were given absolute assurance our so-called retirement benefits would be protected by law. The very law you shattered in your zeal to impress your Democratic cohorts in your back room deal–with the enemy. Yes, I said it. The liberal Democrats are an enemy to the American people and our Nation. Your lack of judgement and eagerness to compromise on the backs of us who protected you is sickening. Congressman, you and every Republican that voted for injuring military retirees have engaged in a complicit, sordid affair with the Democrats who’s objective has always been to dismantle the military. By climbing into their bed on this issue, you have confirmed you are absolutely no better than they and have proven it with your vote.

Congressman Ryan, the audacity which you display is noteworthy, but to unceremoniously snatch earned money from a small group that has added so much more value than the paltry $6B you looked to “save” (which is all smoke and mirrors and you know it), is reprehensible and insulting.

We have, despite the hardships, meager salaries and harsh conditions, have performed with honor and excellence…in silence, which is something most members of Congress have no idea about doing. Our job approval was, is and always be better than yours. We knew our mission and we got it done, then handed it off to a new generation in better shape than we found it.

Your ability to look us in the eye, take money from us (apparently there was ZERO, other source of waste within the federal government that you could have recovered this money from…right, got it), while simultaneously holding your hand out to beg (with passion) for our cash is stunning. Your actions have proven you do not have the tremendous intellect you’ve sold the American people on. I say, with all seriousness, Congressman, what you lack in intellect and spinal rigidity, you make up for in cajones.

I hope you and your cowardly, Republican “colleagues” hear a message from me loud and clear. You will NEVER receive another cent of financial support from me. Further, if you happen to be at a Capitol Hill dinner or at a K Street cocktail party with RNC Chair Reince Priebus, Rep. Ron Barber, Sen. Jeff Flake or Sen. John McCain, I would be honored if you communicate with them that I am launching an effort to ensure NONE of you traitorous “representatives of the people” ever receive another vote from a military retiree. Remove me from your contact lists.

Chuck Wooten,

Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)

Obama reduces 2014 troop pay raise to 1%

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


  • Leftbehind

    Paul Ryan is a Traitor .

    • brucefl56

      Yea, and Obama is what.

      • smknnjoe

        The soft steamy middle!!

      • IHateLibs


        • Thommy Berlin

          the only honest nazi/conservative on this page.

          • Dusty Thompson

            Nazis (national SOCIALISTS) are on the American LEFT moron… SOCIALIST doesn’t clue you in at all? Libidiot indoctrination is a disgusting disease that can only be cured with a Civil War..

            You probably believe the Democrats wanted to free the Blacks and Abe Lincoln and MLK are Democrats..

            Tick TOCK Libtards your days are numbered…

          • Thommy Berlin

            are ALL arch conservatives. ie as far to the right as you can get.
            If you don’t understand that, you’re the moron. Stop believing that horse manure feed you by the propaganda distribution wing of the Republican party. It makes you look stupider than you actually ARE.

          • Dusty Thompson

            Stupid Libtard, go back into the closet you make yourself look even more foolish and dumb with every word. Your “projection” failed miserably against reality. Typical Libidiot.
            The FARTHEST right you can go is anarchy. The farthest left is communism. Youre using the Libtardian Political Spectrum vended by all leftist morons.

        • nycplayboy78


      • Goon’s ND Redneck

        We don’t want to swear in a public forum.

      • charles17121

        Well bruce fl56 , you asked for it so I’ll give it to you ! We The People have a fraud and usurper sitting in the White House going by the name of barack hussein obama using a stolen social security number , forged birth certificate and forged selective service registration card to prove he is a legal sitting US President .

        We The People demand that the US Congress honor their oath to the US Constitution and remove this fraud and usurper barack hussein obama from office under Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution .

        The fraud and usurper barack hussein obama can not be impeached because he is not a legal sitting US President . The removal of this fraud and usurper barack hussein obama from office must come under US Constitutional law Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution .

        US Constitutional law must be enforced if We The People are to remain a Free and Constitutional Republic .

        • annette

          I couldn’t have said it better myself charles17121.


        a Mulatto

        • DixieAngel_76

          I don’t care what race he is, only that he’s evil through and through, and he’s rapidly destroying this country. Don’t think he has plans to stop there either. He’s already trying to spread his pernicious influence all over the world.

          • pat ange

            American libersals are the only ones fooled by obamanation. Most of the world despises the thing. The liberal media covers up this, but hate for obama is Real all over the world. Most of the world knows BOs mission is to destroy America. The left wing is either brain-dead or anti-American. they refuse to see the truth, tho it is evident. You could rub obama’s crap in their faces and they would swear it was rose pedals. Sad for them, he wants to and will destroy them too. Face it liberals, if you are not a radical muslim; obama don’t love you, not even if you are homosexual.

      • DixieAngel_76

        The same.

      • Eric

        Obama is a communist.

      • Dusty Thompson

        To be a TRAITOR means you must have once been an AMERICAN…

      • pat ange

        the son of satan

    • matism

      Paul Ryan is a Rove Republican. As are many of the REST of the Republican “leadership”. The two parties are nothing more than opposite ends of the same steaming turd.

      • DixieAngel_76

        Hate to say it, but for the most part I agree with you. There are a few good people in Congress who are trying to do the right thing, but they’re far too outnumbered to get anywhere.

      • not a liberal

        Best description of the American 2 party system I have ever heard!

    • IHateLibs


    • Goon’s ND Redneck

      And a RINO…

  • Jim S.

    The Cost of War, All Costs, the Responsibility of Those Served

    The Abandoning of the missions and the purposes of, along with the once
    again promises to the Afghan people, first time was after the
    Afghan/Soviet long war, quickly after 9/11, with the Lives still being lost, those serving still being wounded!!!

    “12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility
    to a generation of service members, veterans and their families.” Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: ‘With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility’

    There’s only one branch of Government, Federal and States, consistently
    doing for not only us Veterans’ but also the Military personal and their
    Families and without the control of the Countries purse strings and combining
    the Cabinet agencies abilities to help where possible with their
    budgets. That’s the whole Executive branch under President Obama. Doing
    what Congress, and State legislatures in passing feel patriotic support bills that are unfunded, and the people represented by them and served by the
    Military refuse to do, Sacrifice, especially the wealthy!

    Decades, and wars of, of under funding the VA. With these two recent
    wars little was done for the Veterans of as well as the Military
    personal, i.e. Walter Reed as one example, and their Families, in the
    first years of both under the previous executive branch and those
    congresses. Rubber stamped war costs, off the books and on the countries
    credit card with no bid private contracts, including building an
    expensive private merc army! That’s not adding in all the other rubber
    stamped costs of the bush administration policy wants, especially in the
    first six years of!

    Rachel Maddow: “We got a huge round of tax cuts in
    this country a few weeks before 9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded
    Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway.
    How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was

    Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we
    gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war
    started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about
    it, civilians. Go about your business.” 23 May 2013

    “If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth
    our treasure, too” “not just in the abstract, but in the form of a
    specific ante by every American.” -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    David (CBS News) Martin: “Then there’s the financial cost. To date,
    the Pentagon has spent more than $500 billion on the war in Afghanistan.
    A defense spending bill the Senate is expected to pass this week would
    add another $80 billion to that.” 17 December 2013

    That’s not counting those decades to come results from costs and the once again ignored, by those served, issues!

    The wars, neither Afghanistan nor Iraq, have yet been paid for. Nor
    especially the now decades to come, DeJa-Vu all over again, the of
    results for those sent, over and over, and the continuing under funding
    the Peoples Responsibility, the Veterans Administration charged with
    much more then just caring for the wounded, as those served ignore most
    of those results from!!

    ‘Cost of War’ site {real and estimated costs}: “Total
    US federal spending associated with the Iraq war has been $1.7 trillion
    through FY2013. In addition, future health and disability payments for
    veterans will total $590 billion and interest accrued to pay for the war
    will add up to $3.9 trillion.” 19 March 2013 © 2011 Watson Institute, Brown University

    USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71

    • Jim S.

      Army Times Oct. 16, 2008 – VA claims found in piles to be shredded

      CNN iReport October 25, 2008 – House Vets’ Committee To Probe VA Shredder Scandal

      Tampa Bay Times Oct 27, 2008 – Hundreds of VA documents improperly shredded, review finds {Tampa Bay Times search page and series of articles}

      CBS News February 11, 2009 – Veterans’ Claims Found in Shredder Bins

      And more disturbing in relation to even before and through the early years of the Afghanistan, quickly abandoned missions of, and Iraq occupations, this:

      ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 – Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
      “DeLara’s case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War.”

      Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

      The War On Military Records
      “12/10/2013 – The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.”

      • pat ange

        Just think how far the money spent the obama’s unearned vacations, plastic surgery, and thousands of other personal expences would go to help our Vets..this entire Administration of Lies and dishonor are not worth 1 drop of blood spilled by any one of our Vets. May God send them home to hell with their father the devil.

  • armyvet706

    All politicians are mentally retarded. Liars in spades.

    • Goon’s ND Redneck

      I think they’re a bunch of buffoons.

      • creeper

        I don’t see buffoonery. I see unbridled greed and ambition. The system they’ve created promotes both.

        • pen44

          Exactly, creeper! This was not what the founders had in mind…..this is what our government has grown into when socialism gets involved. Wilson started it, FDR, with all of his “work” projects & manipulations, grew it to horrendous proportions, and it’s been all downhill since. It’s all about controlling ideologies & money & power. obama has tipped the scale to the breaking point.

        • DixieAngel_76

          Well, except for the likes of Shiela Jackson Lee. Nothing but buffoonery there, I’m afraid.

      • Dusty Thompson

        Hardly. Buffoons couldn’t have passed 0bamacare…

  • Teresa

    The so called Republican leadership is killing the Republican Party.

    • IHateLibs

      WHAT Leadership !!! ???

    • Goon’s ND Redneck

      Yeah, the country club establishment RINO’s are doing a lot of damage to the Republican party.

    • Dusty Thompson

      Libtards light…

  • quillerm

    Excellent response to the blood sucking politicians in Washington.

  • Larry Linn

    Well said Mr. Wooten.,

    • George

      ,..and then some!

      CMSgt of the USAF Chuck Wooten is a REAL man — in every sense of the word — who speaks his mind, and ours.
      God Bless CMSgt of the USAF Chuck Wooten!

  • Joseph Kiesznoski

    But give the illegals free passes and rights

    • BearNJ

      Jeff Sessions in the Senate offered a bill to replace this cut to military retirees by replacing it with a cutting a program that provides child tax credits to illegal immigrants who do not pay taxes. Democratic leader in the Senate Harry Reid refused to let it come up for a vote. Pathetic.

      • pen44

        I know, BearNJ, giving tax credits to people who do not pay taxes, like illegals & welfare people who don’t/won’t work, is just plain stealing from tax paying workers….period!!

      • Karen

        This was Paul Ryan’s bill. It is not the democrats fault.

        • SWohio

          Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) pushed through the “bipartisan” budget deal, which includes cuts to veterans’ retirement benefits.

          Please do your own research before you post incorrect information.

        • BearNJ

          Its a joint House and Senate bill. Sessions did try to reinstate vet cuts. He wasn’t even consulted. Ryan is at fault but this was a Democratic cut and they refused to correct it. They’ll rather protect illegals benefits than our vets. It shows how radical the Left has become.

        • pat ange

          STUPID!!!! Ryan’s mistakenly trying to unite th country. He needs to know; you can’t negociate with demons.

    • bigscar

      and EBT Cards, free Health Care, Free Higher Education, etc., etc,….WE DEMAND BETTER !!! KICK THEM ALL OUT OF CONGRESS !!

      • Leon Welch

        Watching the news I see that Rand Paul’s name is already being excluded from the news when ever they speak of front runners for the next election. They did it to his dad and now they are doing it to him. He is the only one up there that is worth a grain of salt. The Republican party will can him just like they did his dad. Just you watch. And people will once again suck it up. We will never learn.

        • DixieAngel_76

          Rand Paul is a man I would vote for, however I would not have voted for his father. I agree with you, though, the republican party seems stuck on stupid when it comes to backing the wrong horses. Once again we will probably have some lukewarm, no-chance-at-winning RINO foisted on us, and he/she will probably be going up agains ‘Killary’ Clinton. This is what happens to the gene pool when you institutionalize unwed motherhood, you get millions of voters who can’t see the light of day, and probably wouldn’t care even if they could. God help us.

    • DixieAngel_76

      And by all means, let’s give their offspring free college educations, and push them to the front of the admission line.

      • Dusty Thompson

        Then give them all Govt jobs. Yea this is going to work out well for Americans…

        • pacman925

          Did anyone hear about the fact that 20,000 muslims was hired by our federal government, many of the jobs was over $100,000 / yr ?? Is anyone aware of any decent job’s in the past 5 yrs from Americans ?

  • Gregory Lesniewski

    I stand and applaud the CMS for the courage to write & send that letter to Ryan! Ryan is a moron, a traitor!

    • Richard Erwin

      i agree Greg

    • DixieAngel_76

      And he probably doesn’t realize that he’s just signed the death warrant for his political career. Oh wait, I forgot that the average voter these days is too apathetic to even care.

  • homer1057

    This man came off as someone who would work w/this nation and its military members as well as the rest of the people of this nation and yet, he has done the exact opposite! he has sided w/the establishment and taken their position! the ONLY reason would be for the “LOVE” of money! Of this I am sure! I also will NOT, EVER donate to any other Political campaign or fundraiser etc to support any other candidate for their political agenda, because as Mr. Ryan did so also will the majority of Repubs and Dems do and as they have and will continue to do! I am appaulled at this and will make my thoughts know to them! I am ashamed of this Senate and Congress! Lastly: my first paycheck in the Military was $157, AND YET I was happy to do service to my country…however even taking a pay cut is NOT enough for these &^%$#@#$% politicians, they want it all and they wany it NOW! they want total control of this nation! I hate them for that, and I am damned ashamed of the vast majority of them!

    • creeper

      It doesn’t take them long to “go Washington”. The corruption there is so wide and deep hardly anyone escapes it. I saw this with my own representative…a populist who, within three months of his election, started sending out massive mailings at our expense promoting himself. The stench permeates everything.

      The political structure is broken. It’s time to sweep the pieces aside and return to the bedrock foundation of our government…the United States Constitution.

  • What_no_change???

    I bet they will vote themselves a NICE raise!!! PIGS all of them! Oh and if you happen to be conservative…you are now the enemy of BOTH parties!!! Time for a third fourth and fifth party…I think if we put many, many, many parties in the races there will be no room for the special interests and the people will again be represented! A special interest can only support so many candidates. Lately they have been supporting them ALL that is why we are in the mess we are in.

    • brucefl56

      Well maybe when the let the 11 million + illegals in they can start one.

      • DixieAngel_76

        Don’t look now, they’re already here, and they don’t need to ‘start one’ they’ve got the dems and rinos in their pockets. There goes the nation. So long America, it was nice while it lasted.


      Obobo just gave all federal employees a raise. A 1% raise which accounts for the approximate deduction from vet’s. EVERYONE else that is not associated with politics has either lost their job, their health insurance or has received a reduction in pay/hours.

    • babbott

      “I bet they will vote themselves a NICE raise!!!”
      They don’t need to because the raise is automatic every year. They took care of that several years ago. The only thing they can do is vote NOT to receive the raise one year.

      • DixieAngel_76

        And I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for *that* to happen.

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