After The Bugles Corporation is formed exclusively for educational and charitable purposes to assist all American
veterans disabled by war, their families, and the families of fallen heroes Specifically, the After The Bugles educates
the general public about disabled American veterans, their care, and their lack of care, plus the sacrifices of friend, family,
through motion media, Internet and electronic publishing, telecommunication, and physical events and a variety of other means
appropriate to the goal. The same apporach exists for surviving families.
In this role, we are documentarians who seek the facts/truths and present them for public interpretation.
We are not a political action organization; we do not endorse candidates; and we do not sponsor legislation. Through
our efforts, we strive to inform and motivate citizens to become involved with disabled American veterans and the
process that provides for disabled American veterans' care and benefits. Further, we strive to keep known and to address
the sacrifices which families, friends, and communities endure in caring for the disabled and severely debilitated veterans,
plus the lifelong mourning for fallen heroes.
ON SITE EVENTS: We are available to speak at civic and public meetings. Additionally, we make
available, on loan or otherwise, our production(s), documentation(s), publication(s), and other media for concerned people
and organization that respect our purpose.
OFF-SITE EVENTS: To After The Bugles, off-site educational events include the totality of the Internet: Website(s),
individual and opt-in broadcast email(s), digital audio and digital video streaming, downloads of publications, alerts
on disabled American veteran topics, plus other online capabilities as they become available and accepted by the public.
PRODUCTIONS: We are currently preparing for the creation of a documentary to to be used both as a stand-alone
message delivered through various media which may include a telethon to be aired no sooner than late 2009.
PUBLICATIONS: After The Bugles maintains a both a digital and physical lending library of
publications, which are concerned with disabled American veterans, pending and future legislation, other veteran assistance
groups, hotlines, and more, that are of interest to people who have subscribed to our cause and who are on our email
WEBSITE: We maintain a website, www.afterthebugles.org
, where we post content appropriate to out purpose and also make appeals for donations. The website features contact
information, disabled American veteran content, event announcements, guidance for volunteers, supporter and donors, and
links to other military and veteran organizations / blogs / Internet groups / chat rooms / and webrings. There is no
advertising on the website. Also, there are no limitations to access by a special password. All pages are available
to all people.
LEADERSHIP: After The Bugles is managed by Laurence Eugene Babb and John David Sottile. The
organization also maintains a Board of Advisors, on which individuals have been chosen for their affilitation with disabled
American veterans and/or other public charitable organizations.
LOCATION: After The Bugles' office and meeting space located at 125 Moose Hill Parkway; it is open to
the public by appointment. The space is donated and maintained without charge by Sottile of After The Bugles.
INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
Precedents For Our Status
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code provides tax exemption for organizations organized and operated
exclusively for charitable and/or educational purposes.
Section 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(2) of the Income Tax Regulations states that the term “charitable” is
used in section 501(c)(3) of the Code in its generally accepted legal sense and includes the advancement of education.
Section 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(3)(ii) of the regulations, makes it clear that "An organization whose activities
consist of presenting public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures, or other similar programs," is educational. By
offering educational events as well as videos, presentations, emails, website and lending video library, After The Bugles
is educating the public on subjects useful to the individual disabled American veteran, the families and friends of the
disabled American veteran, beneficial to the community at large, and nation as a whole.
Section 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(2) of the regulations, state that even a controversial organization can qualify under
section 501(c)(3): The fact that an organization, in carrying out its primary purpose, advocates social or civic changes
or presents opinion on controversial issues with the intention of molding public opinion or creating public sentiment to an
acceptance of its views does not preclude such organization from qualifying under section 501(c)(3).
In Revenue Procedure 86-43, 1986-2 C.B. 729, the IRS recognized that advocacy of unpopular or less accepted
viewpoints may be educational, and reaffirmed that it is "the policy of the Service to maintain a position of disinterested
neutrality with respect to the beliefs advocated by an organization."
Revenue Procedure 86-43 continues to describe several advocacy techniques that may indicate that an organization
is not educational...
• The presentation of viewpoints unsupported by facts.
WE USE FACTS.
WE USE FIRST PARTY EXPERIENCES
TO SUPPORT THESE FACTS.
• The presentation
of viewpoints supported by distorted facts.
USE DUE DILIGENCE TO VERIFY OUR FACTS.
use of inflammatory and disparaging terms.
WE USE VERIFIED FACTS... HOW
THE PEOPLE INTERPRET THEM IS PERSONAL.
• Conclusions based on strong emotional feelings rather than objective evaluations.
WE USE OBJECTIVE EVALUATIONS
EVOKE STRONG EMOTIONAL
FEELINGS... EITHER "PRO" or "CON."
not aimed at developing an understanding on the part of the
OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS DEFINED:
EVERY AMERICAN WHOSE FREEDOM IS
GUARANTEED BY OUR ARMED FORCES.
OUR MESSAGE IS CLEAR: AMERICAN
TROOPS DISABLED BY WAR DESERVE THE
BEST MEDICAL COVERAGE AND
ONGOING BENEFITS -- MEDICAL, MENTAL, AND
SOCIETAL -- FROM THIS NATION
WHICH IS NOT ALWAYS GRATEFUL IN DEED,
ONLY IN TOKEN EXPRESSION.
• Presentations that do not consider the background or training of the audience.
OUR AUDIENCE IS ADULT. IT
INCLUDES VETERANS, SENIOR & CIVIC
ORGANIZATIONS, POLITICAL LEADERS, CONCERNED CITIZENS, AND THE
THE PUBLIC AT LARGE.
OUR TECHNIQUE IS UNSOPHISTICATED:
WE USE THE BASIC MEDIA TO DELIVER
OUR MESSAGE IS STRAIGHT-FORWARD TO UNCOMPLICATE MATTERS
In all, After The Bugles does not employ any of these questionable techniques -- in fact, it
consciously works against them -- in its factual educational presentations and charity appeals.
By educating former members of the military about A) their legal rights as disabled American veterans plus
B) the governmental and charitable services which are available to them to ensure these rights, After The Bugles is instructing
the public on subjects which are 1) useful to the individual disabled American veteran, 2) useful to the families and
friends of a disabled American veterans, 3) beneficial to the community as whole in understanding disabled American
veterans in unobvious conditions such a post traumatic stress disorder, "PSTD" and other sub-clinical disabilities such a
early stages of "Agent Orange," "Gulf War Lung," "Depleted Uranium Rounds," etc.
After The Bugles addresses the educational needs of ALL VETERANS, of a ALL RACES, disabled by ALL INJURIES,
suffered from ALL WARS & CONFLICTS, fighting under ALL U.S. ARMED SERVICE FORCES in the cause of this nation's peace.
After The Bugles is distinguishable from the organization described in Revenue
Ruling 75-384, 1975-2 C.B. 204. After The Bugles does not plan, sponsor, or otherwise encourage violations
of local ordinances, breaches of public order or illegal activities over the disabled veterans' issues over which we have