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bluedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:13 PM
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Sick, wounded U.S. troops held in squalor
I am so upset with this......wheres the rah rah support your troops gang???


Sick, wounded U.S. troops held in squalor
By MARK BENJAMIN, UPI Investigations Editor

FORT STEWART, Ga., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Hundreds of sick and wounded U.S. soldiers including many who served in the Iraq war are languishing in hot cement barracks here while they wait -- sometimes for months -- to see doctors.

The National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers' living conditions are so substandard, and the medical care so poor, that many of them believe the Army is trying push them out with reduced benefits for their ailments. One document shown to UPI states that no more doctor appointments are available from Oct. 14 through Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day.

"I have loved the Army. I have served the Army faithfully and I have done everything the Army has asked me to do," said Sgt. 1st Class Willie Buckels, a truck master with the 296th Transportation Company. Buckels served in the Army Reserves for 27 years, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first Gulf War. "Now my whole idea about the U.S. Army has changed. I am treated like a third-class citizen."

Since getting back from Iraq in May, Buckels, 52, has been trying to get doctors to find out why he has intense pain in the side of his abdomen since doubling over in pain there.

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One month after President Bush greeted soldiers at Fort Stewart -- home of the famed Third Infantry Division -- as heroes on their return from Iraq, approximately 600 sick or injured members of the Army Reserves and National Guard are warehoused in rows of spare, steamy and dark cement barracks in a sandy field, waiting for doctors to treat their wounds or illnesses.

The Reserve and National Guard soldiers are on what the Army calls "medical hold," while the Army decides how sick or disabled they are and what benefits -- if any -- they should get as a result.
http://www.drudgereport.com/flash3.htm

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graham67 Donating Member (732 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:17 PM
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1. Sick, wounded U.S. troops held in squalor
This is awful. Living conditions aside...why do they have to wait so long to see a doctor? :(
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bluedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:18 PM
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2. bush used them
now he forgets them
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:20 PM
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3. Maybe so they'll die
because all in all, the military doesn't care.
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nostamj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:38 PM
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7. that would be the BushCo approach

wounded soldiers are expensive.

dead soldiers are cheap.

and Halliburton will pick up a few bucks digging graves or building crematoriums...

/pitch black humor off

sickening, but who's surprised?
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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:54 PM
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9. Standard Procedure
Cannot be released from military service until the cause of any illness is discovered. And the military determines what percentage of disability that the soldier can receive.

There could be another reason, perhaps certain members of Congress(Delay, Hastert, Frist) are working on a rider to a military allocation bill that would disqualify Reservists and National Guardsmen from being able to receive any type of disability payments.

We all know how much the Republicans in Congress really support the troops, and their sheep will go along with it. And I'll bet that O'Reilly and Hannity will say that the budget must be cut to fight the war on terror. The media will place it on the ticker on TV and put it near the entertainment section in the paper.

Why don't people here understand, the American public is totally unaware and uncaring about the plight of these soldiers. If veterans organizations actually cared they would buy a full page add, so that the people will know what will happen to Reservists and Guardsmen.

Remember what Rep Nethercutt said, a few soldiers dying isn't as important as the good things that are happening in Iraq. Too bad they found that explosive device before the commerce secretary's bus ran over it. Maybe if something like that happened more people would take notice, providing they're not stuck to the TV watching Kobe Bryant.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:26 PM
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4. Yep we definitely suport the troops,
don't we?

By the way this is something that you can do somethgn about...

I think I have found my adopted group of soldiers...

And write congress, often
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leetrisck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:27 PM
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5. "Slimy Shrub" is jetting around the world
while this happens to our wounded military. This is only one base - Ft. Stewart. How many more are out there at other bases? "Help is on the Way" - When?
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DulceDecorum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:34 PM
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6. The rah rah gang
has been listening to Ann Coulter who said
To a disabled Vietnam vet: "People like you caused us to lose that war."---MSNBC

Liberals are the ones sobbing about cutting healthcare and other social programs. And liberals are the one who were against the war in the first place.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 04:41 PM
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8. Guess who's stupid? That's right - the media.
While this is terrible in the extreme, why have I not seen any headlines like the following?

Sick, Wounded Iraqis Held in Squalor, or Maybe Shot, or Perhaps Just IGNORED TO DEATH.

That's a headline I'd like to see. How 'bout it, CNN? Oh... wait. Kobe time again. Larry King is interviewing his sneakers.
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symbolman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 05:27 PM
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10. This is one reason why I created
the ARMY OF ONE flash movie http://www.takebackthemedia.com/onearmy.html

Remember "Help is on the way!" when Bush was running for office?

We are wrapping up the TV Commercial version of my ARMY OF ONE and are looking to run it in New Hampshire, Tampa Florida and Santa Barbara, California on both TV and Radio..

this shit is going to get exposed and we have someone willing to put $125 thousand Dollars behind it..

Watch us go..

If you want to donate for the TV Commmercial fund you can do so at the bottom of most of our flash movies. Please help,

symbolman
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 05:31 PM
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11. Symbolman, you absolutely ROCK!
We are wrapping up the TV Commercial version of my ARMY OF ONE and are looking to run it in New Hampshire, Tampa Florida and Santa Barbara, California on both TV and Radio..

this shit is going to get exposed and we have someone willing to put $125 thousand Dollars behind it..


:yourock:
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-17-03 05:43 PM
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12. Junior calls them the "backbone" of the military.
Hey WHISTLE ASS, ya know what happens when you allow a disease to attack your backbone?? You get paralyzed, you fucking coward!

But then, what would a fascist deserter know about backbone anyway? :grr:
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