He says his high school sports injury makes him a disabled military veteran


HERE‘s how a real hero shamed a phony hero:

An IRS contractor who has been using a minor, possibly non-existent injury from his prep school days 27 years ago to secure government contracts for his company was publicly shamed by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in such a magnificent way that it almost made his fraud worthwhile.

Braulio Castillo, CEO of Strong Castle Inc., claims he broke his foot playing sports at a military prep school in 1984.

Before starting his technology company, Castillo filed for and received a 30 percent disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), allowing Strong Castle to label itself a “service-disabled, veteran-owned small business,” thereby making it eligible for so-called “set-aside” government contracts.

Castillo is now embroiled in a lengthy probe into the possibility that he further gamed the system by using his friendship with top IRS official Greg Roseman to obtain contracts.

But back to Castillo’s supposed disability: According to the House Oversight Committee, the fracture Castillo claimed he suffered didn’t show up in X-rays taken at the time of his supposed injury.

And Castillo doesn’t even remember how he got injured in the first place.

That was more than enough for Castillo to earn the ire of decorated war hero Duckworth,  who lost both her legs [above] and the use of her right arm while serving as a helicopter pilot in Iraq.

But what really pushed her over the edge was a letter sent by Castillo to the VA as part of his efforts to secure government contracts.

“These are crosses that I bear due to my service to our great country and I would do it again to protect this great country,” Castillo wrote.

“I’m so glad that you would be willing to play football in prep school again to protect this great country,” Duckworth responded. “Shame on you, Mr. Castillo. Shame on you. You may not have broken any laws … but you certainly broke the trust of this great nation. You broke the trust of veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans right now are waiting an average of 237 days for an initial disability rating.



  1. Craig Knauss

    “he broke his foot playing sports at a military prep school in 1984.” got him a “30 percent disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)”.

    Are you kidding me? Most, if not all of the Rockford public high schools had ROTC. So, if one of those kids broke his foot in some school activity he/she would qualify for a disability rating from VA?

    How is this crap even remotely possible?

  2. Brian Opsahl

    All this guy could do was smirk…he had no answer for Tammy and he never apologized for his actions only making his ankle injury excuse …how sad for the real Veterans out there that may have been denied from lack of funds that went to the assclown….!

  3. wilson

    I hurt my back when I was in, I wonder if I can get a free ride?
    We have an entitlement society, hey if he is doing it why can’t I?

    “In December 1968, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 65,630,000 Americans working full time jobs. In that year, 1,295,428 Americans were collecting disability payments. That meant that there were about 51 people working full time jobs for every person on disability.
    In January 1997, there were 104,900,000 Americans working full time jobs and 4,385,374 on disability. That meant that there were only 24 people working full time jobs for every person on disability.
    In March 2013, there were 115,841,000 Americans working full time jobs and 8,853, 614 people on disability. That means that we currently have only 13 Americans working full time jobs for every person on disability. In the last 16 years, the number of people receiving disability has almost doubled while the number of full time workers only increased by 10.9 million.
    To put in another perspective, there are 2,707,120 people living in the city of Chicago. The number of Americans on disability would fill the city of Chicago 3.27 times. Even more telling is that the current population of New York City, as of 2011, is 8,244,910, which means that there are more Americans on disability than in the entire city of New York.

    Read more: http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/04/record-number-of-workers-on-disability/#ixzz2XSahPw9T

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Those are scary numbers Wilson. the rules have probably changed allowing more in for easier reasons. Like all programs there are always someone getting a free ride.

  5. Steverino

    That entitlement community is bolstered by a plethora of personal injury/disability lawyers.

  6. Brian Opsahl

    Then those Lawyers become our poloticians….great..!!
    The old wolf watching over the chickens syndrome…

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