Injured Iraq Vets Come Home to Poverty

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    It is tragic that it requires the News to do an expose on this kind of thing to make the government step in and do the right thing in the name of spin control. But what about the wounded soldier's whose stories are not being presented?

    Bush had plenty of time for a photo op with these very wounded soldiers when they were in the hospital, displaying his supposed compassion and concern - but as soon as he was out the door they were forgotten!

    This is a travesty and more than a case-by-case intervention by a General needs to be done to make sure our maimed soldiers are not driven into lives of poverty and despair. These are the true heroes of this war; they are the ones doing the "hard" in Bush's "hard decisions", and they will do so for the rest of their lives. They need to be treated better and they need to be treated better right now! And there is no excuse for delay. We are only talking a few thousand seriously wounded soldiers - every one should have an advocate assigned to them to make sure they are treated right! The arguments of a tedious bureaucracy being at fault are totally bogus - the pentagon bureaucracy sure doesn't have a problem in billing these soldiers for their "unearned" bonuses in a prompt manner!

    There was pleanty of money to help the victims of the WTC, why is there so little to help our wounded vets? If anything, they deserve more, not less, than the WTC victims.

    A website needs to be setup where wounded soldiers can expose their situations and get public support to make sure they are treated right!

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    You know, somehow you liberal scum always try to find a way to blame bush. the president isnt supposed to micromanage. Yes i think that things should change within the military, but will you shut the fuck up about how everything is bush's fault. If i dropped down to your level i could go rambling on about your idol, clinton. :mad:
     
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    When Bush takes the time to pose for photos with an injured vet in the hospital, he has an obligation to make sure that vet is well treated.

    I'd say the same thing if Clinton were doing this. I don't care what party they are in, when a politician takes advantage of such a situation and then turns his back on it, I'm outraged.

    Bush had time for the photo op, he should make time to make sure these guys are well cared taken care of, or at the very least assign this duty to one of his staff. The cost of that photo op by Bush (given all the security and other expenses involved in the trip) would probably have set these guys for life.

    In this case, its not about not liking Bush, it's about not liking two-faced politicians (and aren't they all that way?)!
     
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    Hmmm... I think the number of wounded vets is now somewhere around 7,000, right? And your assertion is that the President is supposed to manage each case for eahc vet? I suppose if he had any time left over, then he could devote that time to running the country. Another glaring example of liberal "logic."
     
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    The number badly maimed is a small fraction of the total wounded - perhaps 1500? Probably less - such serious wounds on the battlefield usually result in death. Yes, I think the president can arrainge for staff or military attache's to follow these cases and make sure they are well taken care of. One person could easily follow 50+ wounded vets and issue a report, I would think the president can arrainge 20-30 people to handle it.

    I'm saying is that if he can take the time to have a private (there were maybe 3 injured vets in the room) photo op with an injured vet (the ex-sheriff with no arms in this case) he can damn well have someone on his staff follow up and make sure that person is well taken care of. He's the president, he has a staff, and he can tell them "follow this guy and make sure he is well treated", or he can shake the guys hook and tell him how much he appreciates his sacrifice and have the photo taken and then walk out the door and never think of that man again.

    That people are tools to be used and disregaurded when no longer useful is wrong. Another glaring example of Conservative logic.
     
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    vets need to start fighting for the rights and benefits they deserve and start holding politicians of all parties responsible. the system is a sham, and no one will care until vets raise enough hell about it.
     
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    I'm only commenting in general that this needs to be fixed, and in specific that Bush is two-faced for going to the hospital for a photo op and then turning his back on the vets he visited.

    I agree the VN vets have been ill treated, and the Gulf War I vets as well. But the point is that Bush specifically visited this former sheriff who lost both hands, and after having done that and having his photo taken with the guy, I think he owes it to that guy to make sure he is properly treated. There are probably other politicians who have done the same thing, and I'd say the same thing about them if the circumstances were similar, but the only photo's I saw on last thursday nights "Primetime" airing of this story were those of Bush with these maimed ex-soldiers.
     
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    What needs to happen is the active duty military need to speak up and support these vets and the need for them to be treated right. Only when active duty military moral is threatened by poor treatment of wounded vets will anything be done about it. Active duty military personel need to stand up for their wounded brothers!
     
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    I actually agree with wade on the point that government should help out veteran's families that give their all in battle. But, this problem is all of government's fault, not just President Bush's. After all John Kerry is in the Senate, he could have arranged for those vets to be taken care of too.
     
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    hahah i saw that coming a mile away with the last comment. but lets not focus on one guy, they ALL need to get off their asses and help. rep/dem/ind/green/etc.
     

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