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DATE: September 06, 2002
A Nation at War / Attn : FAA, TSA, Homeland Security, US Senate


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msteimel@victimsassistanceofamerica.org
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A Nation at War / Attn : FAA, TSA, Homeland Security, US Senate


Prospect, KY (September 06, 2002) - Victims Assistance of America, Inc (VAA) -- Hello FAA, TSA, Homeland Security and State Senators, We are contacting all Homeland Security Offices across the country to make you aware that Victims Assistance of America, Inc (VAA) would like to take on the responsibility of securing the driver license machines for in the airports that detect fake ID’s by use of a new technology using an encoded magnetic strip. We are the only national 501-c-3 non-profit that is set up to put offices in place in every state and deal with ID theft issues – specifically working with the victims of ID theft.

Victim’s Assistance of America (VAA) is ready for the national launch of our 501-c-3 nonprofit and what better way to start out than by urging company owners, corporations, individuals, foundations, grantors, etc to donate the needed fraudulent Driver License Detection machines to VAA. As the machines are donated, we will immediately put them on loan to all airports and police departments. As a result our Homeland Security will immediately be beefed up in this area of Airline Security.

It was brought to the nation's attention on Thursday night's ( Sept 6th) evening news with Dan Rather (CBS) that the above mentioned machine is now available to detect fake driver licenses and that the nation’s airports cannot afford to purchase them. It was stressed in the report that without the screening that these machines are capable of providing, terrorists still have the capability to board a plane and fly anywhere in the world with the use of a Fake ID.

To take the burden of financing this expense off of the airports and aviation industry, VAA would like to assume this responsibility, with the help of the Homeland Security Office, the FAA, the TSA and the United States Senate.

I sent a letter immediately following Thursday night’s newscast to Senator Boxer of CA (who is a strong proponent of getting these machines into the nation’s airports immediately) and to John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted” television show to see if he wanted to be involved, when my phone system went immediately totally down. I therefore asked volunteers to get the message to you so that important time would not be wasted due to my phone problems.

As the nation's only national 501-c-3 nonprofit set up to help with ID theft issues from state to state, we felt it was our duty to step in to help with these machines. What we need from you is permanent donated office space (including utilities, desks, rent, chairs, computers, etc) so that we have an immediate presence across the US. VAA will then immediately start putting out press releases aimed at securing donated machines to be placed in airports and police departments throughout the country.

We thought maybe the airports would have a small place in each one where we could have an office to help victims of ID theft through an 800 national hot-line and through our website, http://www.victimsassistanceofamerica.org. (I doubt we'd ever have "drop in victims"). Maybe we could be located by baggage claim or rental cars - somewhere where we would not be in the way. But, however, where corporations could stop by to donate machines (or donations for the same) because they would easily remember – VAA is the organization located at the airports. VAA space was donated by FAA.

VAA thanks you in advance for your help in this important matter. Your assistance will be most beneficial to our organization and also to our nation. Together we can make a difference in this most unconventional war, a war where all battles are not won on the battle field, and all combatants are not soldiers. A war where prevention and technology, more than reaction and combat will decide victory. It is a war that VAA is eager to participate in, with your help. We know we can make a difference.

You are welcome to send this letter to anyone whom you feel can help with this project.

Thank you again for your consideration in this matter. Sincerely, Martha Steimel, President, Victims Assistance of America, Inc (VAA) http://www.victimsassistanceofamerica.org msteimel@victimsassistanceofamerica.org PO Box 270 Prospect, KY 40059-0270 (502) 292-2456

PS: My phone is back up and working now – Why not just call me now?

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