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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 04:30 AM
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20,000 vets' brain injuries not listed in Pentagon tally
Source: USA Today

At least 20,000 U.S. troops who were not classified as wounded during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found with signs of brain injuries, according to military and veterans records compiled by USA TODAY.

The data, provided by the Army, Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs, show that about five times as many troops sustained brain trauma as the 4,471 officially listed by the Pentagon through Sept. 30. These cases also are not reflected in the Pentagon's official tally of wounded, which stands at 30,327.

The number of brain-injury cases were tabulated from records kept by the VA and four military bases that house units that have served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One base released its count of brain injuries at a medical conference. The others provided their records at the request of USA TODAY, in some cases only after a Freedom of Information Act filing was submitted.


Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2007-11-22-braini...
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cutlassmama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 04:38 AM
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1. Not surprising at all. Maybe they will be some of the lucky
few to get a measly $108.00/mo from the government for their disability. :sarcasm:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 06:03 AM
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2. Rec'd. Someone's lying? What else are they lying about? nt
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 06:13 AM
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3. Since lying is systemic and ubiquitous: everything
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 06:34 AM
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4. Sigh. I suspect so. nt
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 06:32 PM
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9. A better question: what are they telling the truth about? nt
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Baby Snooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 10:59 AM
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5. The Disposable Military
The reality is that while demanding total support for the troops and the war, the Fuhrer himself doesn't give a damn about the troops once they leave the battlefield. And Congress doesn't seem to give a damn either. The attitude really is that they should just complete their tour of duty and then manage to get shot. Body bags are cheaper, after all, than taking care of wounded bodies. And minds.

That would allow a draft. And a disposable military. Eugenics by war indeed. Just send the undesireables off to defend the oil reserves.

Bush has not only corrupted our country, he has managed to corrupt its very soul.

The Pentagon lies. But you know what? So does Congress. Bush and Cheney and the rest of the Nazis are not the only ones who need to go.
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Cybergata Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 12:46 PM
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6. Through Out History, the military has . . .
been made up of "the disposable poor."
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 12:47 PM
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7. Bush is destroying our military and they lie about
everything Death statistics Injury statistics Suicide statistics

The poor Military

The Iraq war is just another Vietnam War

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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 01:40 PM
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8. USA Today filing a FOIA request?
That's another surprising aspect of the story. "America's newspaper" actually digging for real news.
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 08:54 PM
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10. Yea, our criminal-in-chief really cares about the military - NOT. Rec'd
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 11:34 PM
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11. Led by a brain-dead commander in chief
with an IQ lower than your Thanksgiving turkey.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-24-07 07:40 PM
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12. Chew 'em up... Spit 'em out in the gutter.
It's the Amurikkkan WAY!!!
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