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Posted on Apr 16, 2007
Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer reports that the Army may be underestimating the severity of disabilities, denying servicemen and -women lifetime benefits. The Veterans Disability Benefits Commission found that disability ratings made by the Veterans Affairs Department were typically higher than those of the Army.

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By brian, April 23, 2007 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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I CAN,T BELEAVE THIS COUNTY TREATS ITS VETS LIKE THIS I AS AN AMERICAN THAT PAYS TAXES WANT MY MONEY SPENT HELPING ARE VETS AND SOLDIERS AND PLEASE GET BUSH&CHANEY; OUT OF OFFICE THEY SUCK. WE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF ALL ARE SOLDIERS AND VETS THAT KEEP US ALL FREE AND SAFE NONE OF THEM SHOULD EVER WORRY ABOUT MONEY OR CARE EVER IAM SO PISSED AT OUR GOVERMENT NOT ONLY DO WE SPEND BILLONS ON FORCING OUR WILL ON PEOPLE THAT DONT WANT IT BUT GOVERMENT WONT TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE AT HOME THAT NEED IT SO HOW THE HELL CAN WE SAVE THE WORLD WHEN WE CANT SAVE OUR SELVES.

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By Louise, April 18, 2007 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment
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Tom Doff asks, “When do we say enough, and impeach these SOB’s?”

When every person in this country has a personal tragedy to deal with.

The current administration will move heaven and hell to make sure we don’t know about how many are truly suffering.

We don’t even know if we are getting the actual figures of dead and wounded.

What’s the likelihood that a grieving family will reach out to find if the numbers are correct, or if their loved one is even on the list? Particularly those children of immigrant families who joined up to get their citizenship.
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According to Veterans Administration figures from last November, 205,000 GIs who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, a third of the total, have sought medical care, for such problems as malignant tumors (1,584), endocrinal and metabolic diseases (36,409), nervous system diseases (61,524), digestive system diseases (63,002), musculoskeletal diseases (87,590), and mental disorders (73,157), among many other conditions.

One of the largest categories is “ill defined, a.k.a. mystery conditions (67,743).

In comparison, a relatively small number (35,765) have sought VA care for injuries.

Why are all these GIs getting sick? And with even more urgent moral imperative, especially in the context of the invasion’s justification, we must also ask: What about the Iraqis? Count on it, if our vets are sick, so are the Iraqis’ children, their elderly, and they’re making do with a shattered health-care infrastructure that makes our own look positively First World.

“My guys were sick and dying and I couldn’t get medical care. They denied me medical care. I was sold down the river with the rest of my guys.”
Doug Rokke

Rokke, who spent 40 years in the military, retiring with the rank of major, is a veteran of both Vietnam and Gulf War 1.

[Rokke] was tapped to head a crew that cleaned up the aftermath of Desert Storm. Their mission included readying U.S. tanks and troop transports destroyed by friendly fire to be sent back to the States, which meant, breathing the ultra-fine dust of exploded depleted-uranium munitions. Today, his entire crew is either sick or dead.

Depleted uranium and the mystery of sick and dying Gulf War vets
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=32111
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When will we start seeing the inevitable results of Depleted Uranium poisoning spread throughout our society? How many are aware of the number of deformed baby’s born in Iraq and Bosnia and who knows where else because of DU poisoning?

Do we have any idea how much DU has been dropped, and how long it will take to encircle the globe?
Have we been given any warning of potential illness or symptoms? Has anyone considered the very real possibility that at some point in time we may all become sick from DU?

No. And until everyone, EVERYONE is touched by the horrible residue of this war, the Bush administration, or a similar “selected” president will go steam-rolling on.
[It is after all, all about money, and WHO’s got the money?]

Hope I’m wrong.

But, even if I am, do YOUR congress-people understand the threat of DU?

Ask them.

[Do they even understand yet the threat of a Despot in the White House?]

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By James Yell, April 17, 2007 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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From the “Bonus Marchers” treated like unreasonable villians, to reluctance to acknowledge the degree of injury in combat veterans, none of this is new, although Republicans seem to make a fetish of refusing responsibility to soldiers for their public service acquired injuries.

Perhaps if there had been an active program for post traumatic syndrome at the end of WWII my father might have had help, instead of inflicting his bad behavior on others, but I acknowledge that few recognized mental impact of having lived thru combat at that time, and the double binds it puts people in.

However, physical injury, which can’t be claimed to be ignorant of also got short shrift. My father was captured by the German’s when he ran out of amunition in a fire fight. In the months of POW status he received injuries to his arms. The Germans were apt to kill POW out of hand who lost control of themselves. The other POWs would form a circle around the person to protect them. With the afflicted in the middle they would march around and around, while the Germans tried to break thru by hammering at them with the butts of their rifles. No compensation. I have a letter my mother wrote describing the bind the family was in, when he could not go to work, because of the problems with his arms. That was at a time when we had few civilian social programs and military disability was mostly considered something people had to work out for themselves.

Doing family history I have separation records from WWI showing that injury from poison gas was not considered a disability on temination. I had two great Uncles, both exposed repeatedly to poison gas, and prolonged combat, one was to suffer from mental trauma and the other to die of TB from his damaged lungs. Of yes they finally recognized the problems of the damaged lungs, but initially dismissed him as “with no diability”. For the Uncle who suffered night terrors, nothing.

The rich will use your bodies to protect and extend their wealth, but they won’t pay taxes if given the chance not to, to see that you get care.

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By Tom Doff, April 17, 2007 at 3:55 am Link to this comment
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Ain’t it a tragedy that the Bushies’ concept of ‘supporting out troops’ is to kick the prostheses right out from under them, so they end up on their shot-up asses?

When do we say enough, and impeach these SOB’s?

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