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Wounded Veterans: The Severe Catastrophe is HereDr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com
As of October 2006, 600 thousand Iraq Vets sought VA medical care, according to President Obama in his speech of April 9, 500 thousand Veterans requests have been denied.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - If the present Iraq/Afghanistan war isn’t the dirtiest, awfulist for American soldiers, marines, etc. (they do most of the fighting, killing and dying (please don’t write)) I don’t know what was.
We went into this with totally false assumptions about WMD’s which was most likely a hand job from the start.
The climate was possibly the worst over all experienced by our troops. It seems that the field clothing doesn’t really protect the troops on field missions. I’m not talking about the “bullet proof vests”. They didn’t work either. The Humvees and various tank-like vehicles appear to be death traps – totally vulnerable to the IED’s.
The mythology by McNamara that we go to war with what we have is the reason we have about 23 thousand seriously physically disabled Vets added to 2 million more from previous wars and about 5 thousand dead but the worst feature doesn’t seem to be admitted by the Army, Marines, The Pentagon and the VA which is SUPPOSED to be taking care of the medical needs of these Veterans.
The current battle Veterans are seeking medical care from the VA system. As of October 2006, 600 thousand Iraq Vets sought VA medical care, according to President Obama in his speech of April 9, 500 thousand Veterans requests have been denied.
This is VA Bureaucracy gone amok. In the meantime, we have heard that incoming patients triage doctors who are really psychologists, social workers or maybe a Nurse Practitioner, if they are lucky, have been told to deny PTSD claims. This is a travesty and brings back the fact – only combat Vets know the stress and sequels of combat.
Another factor is even more puzzling. Possibly the greatest number of deaths and serious injuries are from IED’s and the Pentagon refuses to reveal the number of casualties for fear of aiding the enemy!? Hey there! The Iraqi’s etc. know how successful they are. So do the American troops which is one of the several reasons for the high number of PTSD suicides.
The frontline troops are sick of this and I as a former frontline Infantryman I am sick and disgusted to see and read about it.
In WWII we had Flail Tanks which took care (destroyed) most tank mines. They worked. Why not now?
HOORAH FOR MY FELLOW COMBAT VETS!
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