March 1, 2021

Department Of Veterans Affairs

Evidence Intake Center
P.O. Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444

Dear Veterans Affairs (no name given in attached letter from the VA.)

I received the attached envelope from the USPO today that read “Undeliverable / Damaged Mail.”  The letter inside had come from your office NINE MONTHS AGO and was dated to my son May 15, 2020.

The letter was sent to MY home address at xxxx.  My son does not live here. I do.

My son is Matthew T. Kallback who went through Parris Island and served in the U.S. Marines from 2003 to 2006, when he was sent home to us.

I had received a similar letter a few months after the one enclosed.  I sent that letter and its envelope to Ms. Rosalind Sargent-Burns, Acting Pardon Attorney for the U.S. Justice Department.  I was trying to stop all this nonsense, where my son while serving and moved up to Corporal in Afghanistan was beat up and called a “shithead” by privates.  I believe they were put up to it by the base commander at the time, N.L. Cooling.

I had talked on the phone with the commander back in 2006, where he had just put my son in chains in prison for 30 days and then sent him home.  A few years ago an article appeared in the newspaper that Cooling had been fired for creating a hostile training environment for troops under him.

The other attachment is a five-page letter to Ms. Rosalind and explains everything about why I wanted assistance.  The Web URL is in the letter so she could go to all the information I had collected after Matthew was sent home, broken.  He had been a special needs student in public schools. The Marines should have never accepted him.  But my son wanted to serve, completing early entry before being accepted on November 10, 2003.

This continues to be a difficult journey for all of us.  And it only got worse when Ms. Rosalind never responded to the attached letter.

My son in recent years had been homeless in Northern New Jersey, sleeping in a car for over a year we were paying for.  He used the car for delivering food and then parked it near a large hotel at night for bathroom facilities. 

I wish everyone would get their acts together, as I don’t know when he may be homeless again.  He needs that less-than-honorable removed, Cooling probably looking for an excuse to get rid of him. 

Matthew at the time had written to me, complaining that some of the recruits that were with him in Afghanistan had thrown hard candy from a truck to try to purposely hurt children looking for some food.  At night he would then sometimes get together with the Afghan freedom fighters, who would teach him their language.  The same bros were upset he spent time with these heroes.

Matthew was caught with codeine in him one night after being with other musicians while in Hawaii.  It is what my son did in high school in music centers that rented out space so he could play his guitar when depressed

Now in 2021 these new letters, coming from a “no-name” VA are annoying, like Matthew’s service wasn’t worth more than gum on one's shoe. This useless correspondence from the VA that came almost a year late, along with no response from the Pardon attorney in December, is salt in the wound.

While I am almost 80 years old with my father serving in WWII buried at Arlington, I will continue to defend my son to remove this blight Cooling put on our name.

So please do something about this, going on for 15 years and have no idea who to communicate with anymore.

Best regards,