To Whom It May Concern,
This letter is in reference to Timothy Payne who from what I understand has been incarcerated in the Buffalo VA since he was arrested for an incident that occurred a few weeks back.
I run an Art Gallery and Emporium in Raleigh , NC and have gotten to know Timothy over the last 6 months after he approached me at my store asking if he would be able to have a book signing or two during the holiday season here at our store. Being a disabled Vet that was something that we did not hesitate in accommodating him on. He held 2 signings and had well over 60 or 70 people standing in line to meet him and get him to sign his book during a 2 day period of time.
We were so impressed by his demeanor and how well he spoke of his experiences and how he was helping other vets and other people in need of some guidance in life as they deal with their own life struggles.
Tim became an inspiration not only to the folks who purchased his books but the 100's of folks that shopped at our store and who he would meet as he traveled through out our mall here in Raleigh. I cannot express how much he impressed me for someone who gave so much for our country and how he went about his life helping others along the way. He is one impressive individual, while struggling through his life with no legs and undoubtedly other trials and tribulations in his life due to his injuries.
Tim has set up shop here in our store as a place to run his leadership classes and place to meet the ever growing number of people that come in to meet him and get advice. His desk has sat empty now and it is a bit disheartening
I watched him daily as he brought a bit of sunshine to many people here. He has a genuine heart and believes in serving other people through his ministry and leadership. He has given so much of himself and continues to do so on a continuing basis. I have watched him help both financially and emotionally many homeless people, ex vets etc over the short 6 months we have known him.
He even takes the money he has earned from promoting his books and running his small entrepreneurial enterprises and just gives it away to many people in need, never worrying about himself as he keeps saying God will take care of him. How I wish there were many more Timothy Payne's in this ugly world in which we live .
We were all shocked when we seen what happened to him when he went home as we knew he was heading back home where he grew up to try to renew his relationship with his father and ask his father for some help in resolving some old issues with his ex wife and other family members. It was a bit of hard to believe that after going to visit his Dad ( who I had heard yell at Tim over the phone a few times previous when Tim called him while I was present ) he ended up getting arrested and accused of things that of course turned out to be false.
His father accused him of carrying weapons and being a threat when Tim went to see him for advice and counseling on the actual thing he ended up getting arrested for because of his fathers inability to accept his son for who he is. He was trying to do the right thing as usual. If anyone should be accused of doing wrong it is certain family members who keep accusing him of being nuts for believing in Jesus and having faith in something . Where has his family been when he has needed them ? I have only seen his Mother involved in his life and it is obvious she cares for him deeply, but the rest of his family rejects him because he found Christ after his injuries. I, as well as others, see how it hurts him as he tries to renew his relationships with his father and siblings and they just reject him and then say he needs help when they do not even see him as we do. Of course they think little of him if they think he is crazy because he believes in Jesus Christ. What can be wrong if that's what guides you in life on a daily basis. I can think of worse and I see worse things daily.
Yes, he might have a few issues like not being able to concentrate at times, going off on a tangent or being a little to over zealous but to tell you the truth I know of literally a large amount of people that have more issues then I have ever seen Tim have and they all are on some sort of medication. Timothy is one of the more sane individuals I have met over the years. And I consider it an honor to know him.
Timothy has developed a family here in North Carolina of a large group of people that know him and love him. Most of us would do whatever in our power to help him as he has helped so many here.
Timothy might need a bit of guidance and help from time to time as all he has known for years has been serving our country and as anyone knows the toughest thing is being able to adjust back to civilian life after being in the military. He might need a medication adjustment to calm him down but he is not and we have never thought he would ever harm either himself or someone else ever !
We have all been praying here for him and wish he can be back here with us as we miss him dearly..
I hope that who ever reads this will understand that Tim is no threat to anyone and has been an asset to many in this community and elsewhere around the country. To continue to incarcerate him would be a great loss to many who know him and many that should have the opportunity to get to know him..
Stanley Kaczorowski / Extraordinaire Art Gallery ad Emporium
Extraordinaire Art Gallery and Emporium
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Unit # 2110
Raleigh, NC 27616
Building a better tomorrow one person at a time, in the name of Jesus Christ.