Man Claims He was a Vet, Cuts off His Hand to Get a role

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‘Better Call Saul’ Actor Cut Off His Own Arm So He Could Pass As A Wounded Vet And Land Roles

There’s a lot of “out there” news these days, but this one takes the MRE pound cake for being straight-up bonkers.

Actor Todd Lawson LaTourrette — whose credits include brief roles on TV shows Better Call Saul and Longmire plus a bit part in The Men Who Stare At Goats — publicly outed himself as faking military service to get his big break during an Oct. 29 interview with KOB4 news.

But the story gets more bizarre, because of the lengths he went to do it: LaTourrette said that 17 years ago, he cut off his own arm, cauterized the wound, then made his own prosthetic, all so he could pass himself off as a war-wounded veteran.

Here’s how he explained it to KOB4:

“I severed my hand with a skill saw,” Latourette, who said he is bipolar and was off his medication at the time, told the local Albuquerque, New Mexico outlet. “The state of my mind was a psychotic episode.”

Following the DIY operation, Latourette began landing several television roles, including his recent part in Season 4 of Better Call Saul in September, after claiming he was wounded overseas.

“The film industry obviously took a different angle,” Latourette said in the interview. “That I was different. And they liked that.”

But Latourette said the lie has been hard to live with and hinted that it’s because he stole the limelight by claiming to be a veteran, when he wasn’t. He decided to come forward to make amends.

“I was dishonorable. I’m killing my career by doing this, if anyone thinks this was for personal edification, that’s not the case,” Latourette said. “I’m ousting myself from the New Mexico Film Industry. And gladly so, just to say what I’ve said.”

The actor told KOB4 that he’s not seeking forgiveness, just a chance to close this chapter in his life, and hopes his, uh, experience, may help others dealing with mental health challenges.

If nothing else, it’s a cautionary tale that there are limits to what you should do to land your big break in a cut-throat industry — like cutting off a limb to score a role that may have gone to a wounded military veteran looking for his or her big break.

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Military Retirees And VA Disability Recipients Are Getting Their Biggest Pay Raise Since 2012

Military retirees and those who receive disability checks and some other types of pay from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see a 2% pay raise in their monthly paychecks in 2018.

It is the biggest cost of living (COLA) increase since 2012, equaling as much as $310 a month for those at the top of the retirement pay charts.

Many monthly benefits going up

Thanks to the increase, the average military retirement check for an E-7 with 20 years of service will go up by $46 a month, while an O-5 with the same time in uniform will see an $88 monthly increase.

Disabled veterans will also see a bump, with the average VA disability check going up about $3 per month for those with a 10 percent rating, and $58 for those rated at 100 percent.
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Rioters Beat Policeman With a Bat

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Hot very hot!! It is in the 90’s here now. Time for a cold one, and turning the air conditioner up!

War Zones in our own country.

We are having a war in the streets of our own country. Now the rioters have pipes and bats. This morning a police officer in NYC, was blindsided with bat. He was bleeding a lot and was knock unconscious. One reporter saw a man pull four bats out of his trunk.

The mayor of New York city is a nothing. He won’t do any the help the police. He even pulled many off of the street. Crime has sky rocketed since doing that. He also is cutting the budget for the police down by 5 Billion dollars. Yes, that is Billions!

Is this man insane? Does he have a motive for doing this?

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Now that got my rants out of the way, I have some military news for you.

  1. Veterans of Foreign Wars pushes Congress to pass Agent Orange Conditions Bill.

Some 35 senators introduced a bill that would add new conditions to the Agent Orange conditions list. They are:

  • Bladder infections
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Parkinson-like-symptoms-or Parkinsonism Hypertension

2. GI-Bill to continue through COVID-19 pandemic.

Student veterans using the GI Bill don’t have to worry about housing pay through the uncertainly brought by the COVID-19 virus.

3. VA repeals Service Officer review period.

VA is changing a long-standing policy that could affect the accuracy of disability ratings for veterans.

Start April 30th, VA eliminated the 48 hour disability rating review period for veterans service officers, a period VFW believes is vital to ensure to accuracy of VA decisions.

4. Air Force Tech Sergeant sets record for weight lifting.

Tech Sergeant Kenneth Cook lifted 551 pounds to set a record for the 198-220 weight class, on September 19th, 2019 at Travis Air Force Base. He placed first in the U.S. Pro Powerlifting Competition.

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Checking in on you my friend. How are you doing? There is so much madness in our country right now. It can tear down the best of us.

Do you have depression chasing you around. Do you want to hide in the basement because the PTSD is nipping at your heels? Do you shake with anxiety when it is the fourth of July?

There are many just like you my friend. Just to let you know there are 8,556 fellow veterans that follow this site and many have been where you have been. If want to share your feelings in the comments section below they can share with you how they have survived.

I will not share you comments if you don’t want me to. I make sure you are OK with it before I publish it.

I also highly urge you to seek help if your are overwhelmed with what is going on in your life. I have a toll free number to call that is 24/7.

1-800273-8255

Call it now if you feel you need it!!

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You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

The American Legion is Reaching Out to Help

The American Legion, which I am a member of, does a lot of things that do not make the news. Here are some things I found about some Legion posts across our country.

  1. 5,300 diapers distributed by Post 760 in Oceanside California.
  2. 10,000 pairs of latex gloves and 1,000 masks. They also sent gallons of hand sanitizers and many surgical gowns at Post 1.
  3. Post 405 in Philadelphia set up a Zoom meeting for many veterans to connect and share their worries, and just having someone to talk to who cares.
  4. 100 pounds of food collected by children of Legionnaires to give to those in need.
  5. $5,000 dollars donated to the food bank in Pennsylvania, by post 104.
  6. 1,600 Buddy Checks made by Post 83 in Merced, California. This is a way to check on your veterans friends to make sure they are OK. Here is a link to see how it works. www.legion.org/publications.

I will be sharing more as I compile them from reading and searching the internet.

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Active Older Veterans Fall More, Get Hurt Less.

Physically active veterans are more likely to fall, but less likely to get hurt, compared to inactive older people.

The take away from this is when you are more active you have less chances of getting hurt.

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Joke of the day:

With High-Definition TV everything looks wider and bigger. Kind of like my 62nd class reunion. (My actual reunion time for me. Yes I am old, but I am good!)

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How are you doing brother/sister? Everything going OK? I have heard from some that are not doing well. PTSD, has raised its ugly head, and trying to control some of you.

DO NOT let that happen.

Get help! You are not a sissy if you get help. I know, people think you need to be tough if you are a veteran. That is not true! I needed help and I got it. I WOULD NOT be here today if I didn’t get help! I was a breath away from checking out of this hotel called earth, and I was saved.

I am sure you have many other demons chasing you like, depression, anxiety, fear, self-doubt, etc.

Stop the madness and call for help. Here is the connection line to get that much needed help.

1-800-273-8255. call now if you need it!

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken,

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!