Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Church raising funds to buy GI body armor

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 08:18 AM
Original message
Church raising funds to buy GI body armor
Edited on Wed Mar-30-05 08:27 AM by truthpusher
Article published March 30, 2005
-------------------------
Church raising funds to buy GI body armor
Pastor's son is on way to Afghanistan
-------------------------
By KARAMAGI RUJUMBA
BLADE STAFF WRITER
-------------------------
The Rev. Gary Blaine says he respected his son's decision to join the Army National Guard, but he never expected to pay for his son's military equipment.

(snip)

"It makes me angry that my son or any other person should be sent off to a war zone without the proper body armor," Mr. Blaine said. "It is indefensible."

(snip)

Mr. Blaine said though transportation units like the one to which his son will be attached are frequently attacked, the Army won't provide Christopher with the body armor he needs to protect him from a bullet. "The Army will only give my son Level 3 body armor, which will only stop shrapnel but not a bullet," the pastor said.

He said his son's military supervisor advised members of the unit to go out and buy their own Level 4 body armor, which is what other military families and personnel have recommended.

Level 4 body jackets, which cost about $1,700 apiece, are better than those issued by the military because they are lighter and more efficient.



story: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 08:41 AM
Response to Original message
1. But...but...John Kerry
Voted FOR the $87 billion before he voted AGAINST it!

Just anticipating idiotic freeper spin on a story like this.

:eyes:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 08:55 AM
Response to Original message
2. If you'll pardon the expression, what the church should be raising is HELL
Edited on Wed Mar-30-05 09:02 AM by rocknation
asking the government why this armor isn't being paid for with the taxpayer funds allocated for the Iraqi occpuation--especially when Halliburton and Co. are profiteering their butts off!!!

:mad:
rocknation
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 09:09 AM
Response to Original message
3. So this is still happening -- disgraceful! nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ChickMagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 09:51 AM
Response to Original message
4. Well, good for them
It's an honorable thing to do, yet they only seem to be motivated when it hits home.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 09:57 AM
Response to Original message
5. Dear Mr. Blaine
We're very sorry, but the $1,700 that might have bought your son the proper body armor was given away to the wealthiest men in society.

Your son should stop whining about getting killed or maimed and just realize that we go to war with the body armor we have laying around, not the body armor we ought to have.

And don't worry, if your son comes home missing a limb or two or he's emotionally scarred for life, we'll cut funding for his treatment, too.

Sincerely,
Your government
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 10:58 AM
Response to Original message
6. Policy by tax break.
Decide milirary priorities by giving then taking a tax break. Note that the rich get the break, the poor don't end up giving enough to get anything above the standard deduction.

Just another tax on the poor.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Mugweed Donating Member (939 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-05 11:11 AM
Response to Original message
7. So the only thing about this war...
that this church is against is the lack of body armor?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Oct 17th 2019, 03:08 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC