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  1. #1
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    Mar 2008
    Georgia, USA

    Wounded veterans work to put away child predators

    A good news topic:

    A children's lobbying group, PROTECT, pitched the idea of incorporating wounded veterans in the fight against child pornography. ICE Special Agent Patrick Redling said the agency, where veterans account for 30 percent of the workforce, ran with the idea.
    "They built their career upon fighting for this country and keeping citizens of this country safe," Redling said. "What better to get somebody already with that mindset into a program where it's another battlefield, very similar, but you're keeping our children safe. You're taking predators off the street."
    The agency relied on the U.S. Special Operations Command to get the word out to wounded service members transitioning out of the military or already separated. The veterans were given about 11 weeks of intensive computer and legal training before being assigned to an ICE field office.
    Even though they're not getting paid by ICE, the majority of those on the team are receiving disability compensation. Many also get a monthly stipend from the Department of Veterans Affairs for educational expenses.
    In exchange, they're gaining expertise in computer forensics, a skill that's in high demand with law enforcement agencies, and one that should lend itself to job offers once the internship is completed.

  2. #2
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    Jan 2004
    I read about this this morning, great program. A win-win situation for the veterans and the children they are working to save!

    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

  3. #3
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    Aug 2003
    San Diego
    I just found an article about these veterans but you all beat me to it!

    I think this is great.


  4. #4
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    Dec 2011
    Detroit Metro
    Wow! Great program, and the veterans must find it so gratifying to be making a difference!
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  5. #5
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    Sep 2008
    This is a FANTASTIC idea!

  6. #6
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    Oct 2012
    On the sunny shores of I-65
    What a wonderful idea!
    Six-year-old Shannon Sherrill disappeared from her front yard in Thorntown, Indiana in October, 1986. Someone knows where she is......


  7. #7
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    Jun 2012
    Such a fantastic idea! Thanks for the thread, noZme, it's so nice to hear stories like these when we usually face cases far more horrible. It reminds me that there ARE still good people in the world.

    Although, the people at Websleuths remind me of that on a daily basis.
    Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.
    Emily Dickinson

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