Trinity Advocates is a veteran-owned, not for profit corporation dedicated to providing support and assistance to military members and disabled veterans who are facing legal and administrative issues in civil court systems whether they are on active duty, transitioning out of the military, or no longer serving.
We are committed to upholding the rule of law in honor of the Constitution and the laws of this Nation that we ourselves swore to uphold and to defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. We understand our constituency because they, like us, believe in the promise of that Great Charter to protect our rights to choose our representatives, to petition our government for a redress of our grievances, to expressions of speech and thought, to be free from established state religions and unlawful and unwarranted intrusions into our private lives and effects; to be free to exercise of our own beliefs, and to pursue our natural and constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, so that we may ensure to ourselves and to our posterity happiness and freedom from tyranny and usurpation of the common faith and good will of our citizenry.
Veterans hold a very special place in this amalgam that comprises our Constitutional Republic because they are a direct, if not the direct, line of defense between the freedoms we enjoy and the tyranny that we have been blessed by God to have avoided. The last 3 decades have seen an unprecedented level of servicemembers returning home to us often with severe injuries and disabling injuries that are both seen and unseen. There are nearly 5 million disabled veterans in the United States. Seventy percent of that population is greater than 70 percent disabled. Most of that group is 100 percent disabled.
Trinity Advocate’s mission is to react and respond with overwhelming force and unequaled power to the needs of those who call upon us in their hour of great need and despair. Facing administrative hurdles and legal issues in a bureaucracy such as our own is hard enough for the ordinary civilian; imagine what it is like when our mentally and emotionally scarred and physically wounded and disabled veterans return home to find themselves helplessly tangled within and trying to navigate through the impenetrable haze of the legal system; a feat which seems nearly impossible to almost anyone.
Our “Boots on the Ground” initiative takes a structured and organizational military approach to mission planning, execution and accomplishment whereby we provide top-level personnel and resources and deploy those assets on a moment’s notice to locations anywhere in the country to fix the issues and find solutions to problems our veterans are facing.
Trinity Advocates would like to take this opportunity to express our great admiration and gratitude to our nation’s warriors and to reflect upon the true focus of our mission, which is to protect and honor our nation’s uniformed service members and the veterans who have left their families during their best years and stood guard over all that we hold dear and appreciate in our great nation. We honor those who are still with us by passionately dedicating ourselves to this great and noble cause, and we mourn the loss of those who gave everything so that we may enjoy peace and prosperity.
To all of our great warriors in need, we want them to know that it is not just on Memorial Day or the Fourth of July or Veteran’s Day that we understand and appreciate your great sacrifice. Our goal and our mission is to defend those who have given their all to defend us during every waking hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are operational day and night, just like our men and women serving in uniform across the globe.
We are not alone in this fight. Laws providing for disabled veterans predate the founding of the United States by over 150 years. A 1636 Plymouth Colony declaration provided that “if any that shall goe returneth maimed and hurt he shall be mayntayned competently by the colony during his life.” The Compact with the Charter and Laws of the Colony of New Plymouth 44 (William Brigham ed., Dutton & Wentworth 1836). The very first Continental Congress passed the first laws concerning wounded soldiers on August 26, 1776. They provided that these soldiers would “receive such monthly sum toward his subsistence as shall be judged adequate by the assembly or other representative body of the state where he belongs or resides, upon application to them for that purpose, provided the same doth not exceed his half pay.”
On March 14, 1865, during his second inaugural address, with the ashes and bloodshed of the American Civil War laid out at his feet, Abraham Lincoln challenged a divided nation “to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”
Indeed, “[t]he solicitude of Congress for veterans is of long standing.” United States v Oregon, 366 US 643, 647 (1961). “A veteran, after all, has performed an especially important service for the Nation, often at the risk of his or her own life.” United States v. Haggar Apparel Co., 526 US 380, 394 (1999). Therefore, “all provisions for veterans’ benefits are construed in his or her favor to protect funds granted by the Congress for their maintenance and support” and the Court has said “that these benefits ‘should remain inviolate’ and thus diversion by ‘any legal or equitable process‘ is forbidden.” Fishgold v Sullivan Drydock & Repair Corp, 328 US 275, 285 (1946). There, the Court said that “legislation is to be liberally construed for the benefit of those who left private life to serve their country in its hour of great need”. In Boone v Lightner, 319 US 561, 575 (1943), the Court said that federal statutes protecting servicemembers from discrimination by employers is to be “liberally construed to protect those who have been obliged to drop their own affairs to take up the burdens of the nation”.
Thus, it is no surprise that the very source of protecting veterans’ benefits is the enumerated Military Powers of Congress enshrined in our Great Charter, the Constitution. As such, these benefits are protected by the absolute preemptive effect of the Supremacy Clause of the National Constitution and the laws that provide them are fortified against any encroachment by state law or judicial decision.
The respective states surrendered this sovereign power when they signed onto our Great Charter and delegated it to Congress “fully, completely, [and] unconditionally.” “It is not a power to raise armies if State authorities consent; nor if the men to compose the armies are entirely willing; but it is a power to raise and support armies given to Congress by the Constitution, without an ‘if.'” 9 Nicolay and Hay, Works of Abraham Lincoln 75-77 (1894). See also Lichter v United States, 334 US 742, 756 n 4; 68 S Ct 1294; 92 L Ed 1694, 1711 (1948). “It must also be remembered that it is of the essence of national power that where it exists, it dominates.” Charles Evans Hughes, War Powers Under the Constitution, Marquette Law Review, volume 2 , issue 1, p. 10 (1917). “There is no room in our scheme of government for the assertion of state power in hostility to the authorized exercise of federal power.” Id. “The power…is explicit and supreme….” Id. First uttered in defense of the exercise by Congress of the War Powers as justification to route the insidious institution of slavery from within the very bowels of the country itself, John Quincy Adams stated: “This power is tremendous; it is strictly constitutional; but it breaks down every barrier so anxiously erected for the protection of liberty, property and of life.” To the same extent, these great powers are the same powers that Congress exercises when it makes provisions for those who have sacrificed themselves for the greater good of the Nation.” Modern Eloquence, POLITICAL ORATORY (vol. IX, 1903), p. 17 (taken from speech of the Hon. J.Q. Adams in the House of Representatives, on the State of the Union, May 25, 1836).
Calvin Coolidge said that “[a] nation which forgets its defenders, will itself be forgotten.“
We want every military servicemember and veteran out there to know we have NOT forgotten you, and we will not leave you behind. As the top line motto of our organization says: “We’ve got your six!”
Thank you to all servicemembers and veterans, and to their families. God Bless You and God Bless the United States of America!
Very well said Carson. Thank you taking the time to detail the historical background regarding our nation caring for their Vets. It seems these family law court judges forget this important context from our Nation’s heritage. Very impressed and it’s so greatly appreciated your genuine care and effort for our Vets and Active Duty service members. You’re a true gentleman and a patriot. Thanks for having my six!