Was watching GMA this morning, they had Bob Woodward on. He is the ABC news
anchor that was hit by a I E D. Or in my time, a command detonated mine or
booby trap. Anyway, a year has gone by since he suffered a serious brain
injury from which he has partially recovered. He was saying this morning
that it seems that the a lot of the head injuries are not being included in
the causality figure's. He alluded to the number being in the thousands.
There is a special on tonight about him and others that suffered a like
injury at 10PM that should be real interesting.
Do ya think that they lied about the number of wia's? Our government, nah.
I recently read something similar. The wia to kia ratio in Vietnam was
something on the order of 6 or 7 to 1 whereas the ratio in Iraq is more like
17 or 18 to 1 with a significant portion of those being brain related trauma
due to being exposed to explosive shock. The point of the story was that the
next couple of generations are going to be paying a steep cost for veterans
health care, particularly for the mentally impaired and disabled vets.
The thing about this is in Viet Nam we did not have the body armor, so those
hit although traumatically in the head would die of other wound's throughout
their body. I spent a year in a hospital in PA, there was this building set
off by itself that all the head wound were housed in.. There were a couple
of hundred beds in it I think. It was so damn sad, they never came out of
there, and we couldn't go in.
Of course now Bush has cut the funding for the VA. So now what meager
support they could receive is now even less. That just sucks!!!
I am also a Vietnam era vet but never served in country. It makes me sick to
see the body bags coming home and the disabled vets struggling to adapt to
their disabilities. I had hoped we had learned something from the experience
in Vietnam but apparently not. Sadly it looks like more of the same until
there is a change in administration.
Notice that Bush stopped the media from showing the coffins as they arrived
>and the disabled vets struggling to adapt to
We are still dealing with the same friggin' BS that claimed that there was
nothing with Agent Orange, no harm comes from exposure to it. No such thing
as PTSD, I could go on forever. I went to the VA once, they had a group
called Combat Veteran's Anonymous, kinda like AA. It was decent and was run
by combat vet's not really the VA.
Hell, we had to put up our own monument, The Wall. But that was pretty much
our choice, Nam vet's had enough of government.
I watched the show last night, about had me in tears. But he has and is
going after the VA. At least now vet's have a advocate that has balls, clout
and no other agenda imo.
I did notice that but the networks would probably have quit showing them
anyway. They find topics like the death of Anna Nichole Smith and other such
horseshit to be more important and interesting.
Iraq and Afghanistan will be no different than Vietnam or the first Iraq war.
Once it's over the veterans will be forgotten by everyone else except other
veterans. If there is to be a monument to the sacrifice of our troops in Iraq
or Afghanistan it will be up to the veterans to make it happen.
Did you know the Base Realignment and Closure commission is still operating? I
think that says it all. Let's close some more bases while our troops are
stretched so thin they are having to spend 3 or 4 tours in the butthole of the
I had hoped we had learned something from the experience
We haven't learned anything from any other
conflict we've been for 200+ years, why would this be
You think this all "The Administrations" fault.
AKA- all Bush's fault. In reality, it's an American
fault. As a general rule, we don't have a solid
history of taking good care of our wounded. Sad, but
It's more dramatic now, because we are saving more
wounded lives than ever before.
It's not going to change in the next
I meant to refer to the fact that we will never get our troops out of Iraq and
Afghanistan until there is a new administration. And I do consider both
quagmires the direct fault of Bush (who deserted while in the Guard) and his
draft evading sidekick Cheney (4 deferments while in school). I just hope he
doesn't have time left to start another one with Iran.
I think this is the first time a administration felt the need to hide it's
war dead as they were brought home.
The VA and the military is charged with takeing care of our wounded. The
admistration controls the VA. Hell he appointed the chair of the republican
commitee to run the VA. Sorta like the guy he appointed to run FEMA. Of
course now at we are involved in this mess, the administration cut's the
funding for the VA. Do you hear of any new military hospitals opening to
care for the wounded? Nope, they are still closing facilities.
Imus was spearheading a fund raiseing effort for a hospital in Texas. I
guess the current administration was too busy to help out.
This administration has taken things to a new low. I'm sure it will change
with a new administration
Oh, yes. Uncle Bill was so much better for our
military. We have a short memory, don't we?
And I'm sure the next admin will make dramatic
improvements in manpower, benifits, pay, and equipment.
Especially if Aunt Hillary manages to get elected.
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