Is This What Is Meant By "Support the Troops?"
Here is just one more example in an ever increasing numbers of such examples of how BushCo does not support even those it sends to war. Nothing but lip service while wondering why people no longer want to enlist. Their definition of “support the troops” is simply this, “we send, you go, period.” If you get wounded, one thing is certain in today’s military, you will get a bill for money due. Monica Benderman sent me this about a young soldier in Iraq that has been sent a re-payment bill from the Army that deployed him to Iraq in 2003. Does anyone remember that wounded troops still have to pay for their meals when in the hospital? This poor guy is not the only one I have heard from being billed by the Army. Jennifer Dyer a military rape victim and who was honorably discharged was sent a bill by the Army for over $4,500. I’ve received over 25 emails from people wounded that have also been billed by the Army for one thing or another. How much longer are we going to sit back and watch this type of thing go on? This is just one more in a long list of such stories that has convinced me of the absolute necessity for a massive show of people in Washington come this Sept. 24-26.—Jack
Cpl Tyson Johnson III, 22, a mechanic with 205 Military Intelligence, was injured in a mortar attack on the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad on September 20, 2003. He suffered massive internal injuries and is 100 percent disabled. -- Nina Berman
"We went to the concentration camp there, the prison. I did most of my time over there.
It was crazy. The Iraqis, they wake up about 5 in the morning and then walking like zombies, just walking, walking, like walking dead type junk. I'm serious.”
“Most of my friends they were losing it out there. They would do anything to get out of there, do anything. I had one of my guys, he used to tell me -- my wife just had my son, I can't wait to get home and see him. And, you know, he died out there. He sure did and I have to think about that every day.”
“Shrapnel down the back, shrapnel that came in hit my head and punctured my lungs. I broke both of my arms. I lost a kidney. My intestines were messed up. They took an artery out of my left leg and put it into this right arm. They pretty much took my life. Pretty much.”
“I was supposed to be going to physical and occupational therapy then they canceled it because I missed 3 days in a row. I was throwing up; I couldn't hold anything in my stomach. Now I have to do OT myself. I'm trying to teach my son how to count on his hand. And you can see my fingers are messed up. Sometimes my hands will be so red, so fire red, I'm not able to drive. I've got to put on my gloves. I'm not able to touch anything.
I got a bonus in the National Guards for joining the Army. Now I've got to pay the bonus back and its $2999. If I would have continued and finished my contract I wouldn't have to pay it back. The Guard wants it back. It's on my credit that I owe them that. I'm burning on the inside. I'm burning.”
“My high school buddies, well two of them just got found in a ditch around there, dead, dead. And the rest of them in jail, cracked out. For real. That's why after high school, I left. I was gone because I knew where my life was headed. Joined the Army. And here I am back here. I would love to go away. I would love to go away. I think that would be better. Because I'm driving in my car, I'm doing nothing. I don't know where it's going to end up."