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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:06 AM
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Outstanding Story on Traumatic Brain Injuries of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq
The San Jose Mercury News has a front-page story (for a look at the front page, see this link, click San Jose Mercury on the left: http://www.newsdesigner.com/blog /) about head injuries suffered by the soldiers in Iraq. It is heart-wrenching, but is an important issue to understand in this disaster that bush has wrought.

The article cites figures that tell how many who would not have ordinarily survived now do so--but the price is high: TBI, traumatic brain injury.

The story includes extensive pictures and videos that tell about one soldier's recovery. I watched the videos and was astonished at what an IED did to this one soldier, Frank Sandoval. This story tells of the lives that bush has shattered over his war for oil and because he is a bully with an oversized ego.

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special... /

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As of Oct. 31, 1,652 American soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan had been treated for brain trauma, ranging from mild to severe, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Of those, it's estimated at least 250 are in assisted-living facilities, unable to care for themselves.
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A photo on the wall, taken in Iraq, showed the brawny, intense-looking soldier he had been two months earlier. The man crying in the wheelchair had now lost more than 40 pounds and shared only a passing resemblance to the one in the picture.

His left arm and hand hung limp in his lap. He could move his left leg and foot only fractions of an inch.

He understood what was being said to him, but Frank's short-term memory lapses meant VA staff members had to repeat things like their names and the day of the week to him, over and over.

A weakened tongue and muscles of the mouth made swallowing difficult, so he tended to drool. His diet was limited to pureed food and thickened liquids. Because he ate so little, Frank had a feeding tube for nutritional supplements and 12 vitamins and medications -- everything from an anti-seizure drug to Ritalin, which kept him calm.
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Dammit Ann Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:39 AM
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1. wow.
i just watched it, long, but well worth the time invested and profoundly sad. i put it up on my blog.
again, wow, thanks for finding it.



THE DAMMIT CHRONICLES
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:53 AM
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2. I just thought bush was a thug
You gave him a higher rank ... I'm not watching that. I LIVED viet nam.
This is what horrified me from the beginning. Handicapped men and families . for ever after.

It's too late now. Screwed by Bush.
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Rageneau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:56 AM
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3. Bush passed "thug" 20 years ago.
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:36 PM
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7. so who made him
thug central. That isn't a question.

On the brighter side .. some find love and cheer and a reason to exist . outside the matrix.
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:04 AM
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4. kick
for the morning crowd

Cher
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:34 PM
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5. another kick
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 02:35 PM by votesomemore
let someone! bring them home and stop the Holocaust.

Give Peace a Chance.

and what no one wants to talk about DU poison.
War is not healthy for man or beast. So who is doing it and why?
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:35 PM
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6. K&R.nt
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Why Syzygy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:38 PM
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8. ty
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 02:43 PM by votesomemore
some of us have children. Does that matter? What of the parents who have to live with the maiming or killing of their/our CHILDREN?
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I Have A Dream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:19 PM
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9. Thank you for posting this, Cher. Recommended.
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 05:21 PM by I Have A Dream
It's sad that so many will have the rest of their lives impacted by this debacle. :(
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Digit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:26 PM
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10. K&R
Thanks for posting.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 04:23 AM
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11. Thank you NJCher
Information is a good thing.
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