OTHER "SHUE" FINALLY DROPS
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Tracy Shue, who became a millionairess after her husband's mysterious death on a Texas highway April 16, 2003, has finally returned $12,000 she took from Col. Philip Shue's elderly parents more than two years ago.
The wealthy widow had two life insurance policies totaling $1.5 million on her Air Force doctor husband, and also received $250,000 from his SGLI (Serviceman's Group Life Insurance). In addition to that large "payout," the petite former Air Force nurse got a generous death gratuity (since Col. Shue died on active duty) and receives a sizeable DIC (Indemnity Compensation) check every month.
When you add in her retirement check as a lieutenant colonel - more than 50% of base pay - and her 80% "disability" pension ("tell that to the Marines" coming back from Iraq with a toe or hand shot off), and you can't help wonder why Tracy felt it necessary to take $12,000 from her late husband's 90 year-old parents, who live on a fixed income in a modest home in Ohio.
TAKING MONEY FROM THOSE LEAST ABLE TO AFFORD IT
"Tracy never told us she had all that money," the still alert Bruce Shue said. "I didn't even know what SGLI stood for." Well, he knows now. A lot of cash. But that's "chickenfeed" compared to the other monies that came the Widow Shue's way.
"Thank God for MilitaryCorruption.com," Shue said. "You made this all possible. We got our money back. We didn't really think we'd ever see it again."
In our possession here at MCC, we have three canceled checks, totaling the $12,000, sent to and endorsed by Tracy Shue between September and November, 2003. Col. Shue's parents told us they contributed the funds out of the goodness of their hearts after their dear daughter-in-law "complained" over the telephone about "the high cost of her legal fees."
AN ATTEMPT TO GET ANOTHER MILLION DOLLARS FAILS
Readers of this web site will remember in a previous story [see "related stories" box at end of this article], we reported and documented just weeks after her husband was suddenly and shockingly killed in a car crash, his body tortured and mutilated, Shue's bereaved wife was in court trying to grab up the colonel's ex-wife's million-dollar life insurance policy on him.
According to Texas law and the little-known "slayer statute," Tracy could have been recipient of an additional million bucks if she'd been able to convince the court that ex-wife Nancy Timpson had something to do with the colonel's death.
The Widow Shue's efforts were to no avail, alas, and she couldn't have been very pleased to see Nancy finally collect the $1 million, plus interest.
Now Tracy Shue wants many more millions, suing the deep-pockets USAA Insurance Company of San Antonio, Tex. for "negligence" in issuing a policy to Col. Shue's first spouse after the officer alerted them he feared his former wife was out to kill him.
We wish the wealthy widow well, for if she's successful, Tracy will become one of the richest women in Texas.
What will she do with all that "green?" She's already had the luxury home and expensive car before her husband's tragic death. Well, we have a few suggestions.
How about establishing a foundation for the widows of slain service members, smeared as "suicides," by contributing a large endowment? There's always the poor and the sick. The editor-in-chief of this web site can recommend Christian Children's Fund or World Vision, as he has supported needy kids through those organizations since 1968. That was the year he was nearly killed in action during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and made a vow to God in gratitude to "try and leave this world a little better place" than he found it.
MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM GETS RESULTS!
Once in a while, just to boost morale among our large readership, we recount a number of our recent victories over bureaucracy and injustice. Whether it's getting national media coverage on the Associated Press wire in papers from Maine to California and in STARS & STRIPES and ARMY TIMES for helping win the return of a treasured handgun to Gen. Omar Bradley's former aide - cretins at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. had tried to "rip it off" from the sick, elderly veteran so they could display it in their museum - or persuading officials at the Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks to transfer former Air Force staff sergeant Jerry Tilton to a minimum-security facility near his home in Maine [our editor-in-chief traveled to Kansas to see the framed former NCO], we do more than make noise, we get results!
Our latest victory is forcing Tracy Shue to fork over the $12,000 the well-heeled widow has had in her bank account (earning interest, no doubt) for over two years. We're glad Tracy has come to her senses, or does it have something to do with "damage control" over bad publicity when you still have some courtroom battles left to fight? MCC congratulates her for "cutting the check," but sending it back with no note, apology (and no interest) adds up to "no class."
PARENTS OF DEAD HUSBAND APPEAL TO TRACY TO SEND THEM THE TAPE
Now, we are going to shine the spotlight on the Widow Shue once more to publicize her - to date - refusal to send her husband's aged parents a promised copy of the video tape made of Col. Shue's memorial service four months ago. A tape, incidentally, in which the colonel's mother and father are featured!
"We appeal to Tracy to please send us the videotape of Philip's memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery last October, as you promised. To see and have that video remembrance of our beloved son would mean so much to Miriam and myself," Bruce Shue said.
What earthly reason could one have to be so cruel, you might ask? After all, the elderly couple from the Midwest don't have many more years to live.
Surely it would be the kind and decent thing to do to keep one's word and cease such a petty course of action. We hear the millionairess fears that MilitaryCorruption.com might get it's hands on a copy of the tape. But that is no justification for being so mean-spirited.
So, to ease the Widow Shue's troubled mind, we guarantee her we won't look at the ceremony at all, if she promises to swiftly get a copy to her dead husband's parents. And we won't talk about her four-inch stilletto heels any more. Come on, Tracy, you wouldn't have all that money if Philip Shue hadn't died, so please, show some respect to his mother and father. Ease the ache in their hearts. Send them the tape.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: If Tracy Shue feels we have been inaccurate in any of the facts we have related above, she should rest assured it was not intentional. We pride ourselves on being able to document what we say, ever mindful of the wealthy widow's ability to send a battalion of lawyers against us to shut down this web site. We are proud, in the spirit of fairness, to offer the Widow Shue equal space on these pages to express her views, and will correct any erroneous statements if presented with proof of same.]