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    BLACK CONFEDERATE ACTIVIST SUPPORTS VETERAN IN VA FLAG BAN

     

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    Kirk D. Lyons 828-712-2115

    VA Memphis UPDATE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact Kirk D. Lyons 828-712-2115
    BLACK CONFEDERATE ACTIVIST SUPPORTS VETERAN IN VA FLAG BAN
    Black Confederate activist, H. K. Edgerton visited paralyzed Korean War veteran Perry Allen Thrasher in his VA  hospital room, where he presented the  75 year old veteran with a Confederate Battleflag.  In early April,  Memphis VA officials forced Thrasher to take down a small Confederate  Battleflag in his VA hospital room in violation of the VA Patient Bill  of Rights. 
    "It's disgraceful that a veteran who defended his country should be treated in this manner in a Veterans Administration Hospital where the protections of the Bill of  Rights should theoretically apply," said Edgerton, himself a Vietnam era veteran.
    Members of the Memphis N. B. Forrest Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans were present  with Edgerton to wish Mr. Thrasher well and inform him that the Camp  voted him a Life membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. "Mr.  Thrasher displayed his flag to honor the memory of his Great  Grandfather, Sgt. Gilbert Thrasher, Co I, 44th Alabama Infantry Regiment  who died of wounds received in action at the Siege of Petersburg. We support Mr. Thrashers stand to honor his ancestor's sacrifice." said Forrest Camp member Karl Amelang.
    The Southern Legal Resource Center (SLRC)  and Memphis attorney, T. Tarry Beasley II sent a letter on behalf of  Thrasher to Memphis VA Hospital director Jay Robinson, requesting an  explanation for their acts in violation of the Patient Bill of Rights, and a request to cite any legal authority they rely on for such a ban. The  letter also requests an explanation for a recent incident where VA  Police forbid the taking of family photographs in the facility.
    "This type of outrageous  infringement should not happen to a veteran, in America, in a federal  facility," said Beasley. "When this story broke 3 weeks ago, there was  widespread support and sympathy for Mr. Thrasher - the VA needs to do  the right thing and let him display his flag," said Kirk D. Lyons, the  SLRC's Chief Trial Counsel. Thrasher has received dozens of cards and  small Confederate flags from well-wishers across the country," Lyons added.
    The Southern Legal Resource Center is a non-profit public law firm that advocates on behalf of the Confederate community.
    NOTE:  After this press release was prepared, SLRC staff were informed Mr.  Thrasher's visitors and family members were threatened and harassed by  VA hospital police, seizing their cameras and removing photographs,  pursuant to a "VA policy" they cited but would not produce when  requested.


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