Veterans House Committee Says Pay Up to Former Vet’s Hall Managers
The Veterans‘ House Committee recently issued a formal Notice of Intent to Collect funds from an account associated with the Veterans’ Memorial Building House Committee. The recipients of this notice are Bill and Peggy Long, who were involved in managing the Veterans House Committee Fundraising Account. The Committee is seeking the return of $34,839.30 in funds, and their intention is made clear through the detailed notice sent to the Longs.
The notice, dated September 5, 2023, was sent by the Eureka Veterans House Committee and signed by Blaine O’Shaughnessy, Roy Hess, and Michal Hous. It emphasizes the importance of resolving the matter amicably without resorting to legal action, which could lead to public scrutiny and potential criminal charges for misappropriation of funds collected for a non-profit organization.
The letter acknowledges Bill Long’s honorable service as the hall manager and expresses the Committee’s reluctance to see his reputation tarnished. However, it sets forth a clear course of action if the funds are not returned within the stipulated time frame.
The Notice of Intent outlines the following steps:
- Notice of Intent Draft: The first step involves sending a notice of intent to collect, as outlined in the letter, which the Veterans House Committee has already drafted. This serves as the initial warning to the Longs regarding the Committee’s intent to recover the funds.
- Demand Letter from Lawyer: If the funds are not returned, the Committee will send a demand letter seeking payment in full from a lawyer. This step emphasizes the seriousness of the matter and the Committee’s commitment to reclaiming the funds.
- Civil Suit: In the event that the Longs fail to respond within the given timeframe, the Committee will initiate a civil suit against Bill and Peggy Long. Legal action will be taken to ensure the recovery of the funds.
- Lien and Additional Costs: The Committee will place a lien on Bill and Peggy Long’s property once a civil suit is completed. Furthermore, all legal fees and court costs will be added to the amount to be collected per annum, in accordance with legally prescribed interest rates.
The Veterans House Committee is committed to resolving this issue in the best interest of the veteran community and to preserving the reputation of the Veterans Memorial Building House Committee and the Longs. However, it underscores that public scrutiny and potential criminal charges could follow if an amicable resolution is not reached.
With the local VA clinic recently installing a hypodermic needle vending machine in its lobby filled with safer snorting tubes, cooking spoons with cotton, wound care kits, and more – the last thing the local veteran community needs is a persistent scandal.
Opportunity to Solve the Issue
It is crucial to understand that these steps are not taken lightly, and the Committee is giving Bill and Peggy Long an opportunity to respond and resolve the matter without resorting to legal action. The Notice of Intent sets a deadline of 10 days from the date of receipt for the Longs to return the specified amount.
Blaine O’Shaughnessy, one of the signatories of the letter, commented, “We respect Bill Long’s respectable service as hall manager, and we hope this matter can be resolved amicably to the benefit of the entire veteran community. However, if the funds are not returned as per the notice, we will have no choice but to proceed with the outlined steps.” Blaine was honored as a “Humboldt Hero” recently as covered by kymkemp.com.
Blaine also graduated from Eureka High School, in 2003. At 17 he enlisted in the Army National Guard and served honorably there for twelve years. In early 2004, he spent a cold winter in boot camp at Ford Leonard Wood, Missouri. In April 2004, he graduated as a Combat Engineer.KymKemp.com – HUMBOLDT HERO: SERGEANT BLAINE O’SHAUGHNESSY CELEBRATED THIS FRIDAY
The Veterans House Committee has a longstanding commitment to supporting the veteran community and its associated programs. It is their hope that Bill and Peggy Long will see the wisdom of complying with the Notice of Intent, ensuring a resolution that aligns with the organization’s goals.
The public statement by the Veterans Memorial Building House Committee will be made if a civil suit is filed and the matter becomes public. It is a step the Committee would prefer to avoid, given its potential impact on the reputations of the Longs and the organization.
A Resolution is Desired, for the Betterment of All Involved
In conclusion, the Notice of Intent to Collect funds sent by the Veterans House Committee represents a critical step in resolving an issue involving the misappropriation of funds earmarked for what appears to be a bogus non-profit organization. The Committee’s objective appears by all accounts to settle this matter amicably and protect the interests of the veteran community, with the hope that Bill and Peggy Long will heed the warning and take the necessary steps to comply with the Committee’s request within the stipulated timeframe.
At any rate we at Lost Coast Populist hope they find a solution to this soon and we support the Veterans House Committee in their future endeavors. We’ve reached out to Blaine O’Shaugnessy for comment and hope to have him on our LIVE stream Monday to dive deeper into what led up to this discovery.
We’ve taken the liberty to comb through Bill and Peggy Long’s Facebook accounts and the Veterans Memorial Hall Facebook, which came back with some information that seems to corroborate the claims made in the documents below we obtained from the Treasure.