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A shout out:

Pointed through to today's report: "Other Than Honorable: Army Strips Benefits of Wounded Veterans by Kicking Them Out for Misconduct", I started to look at the source for that report at the Colorado Spring Gazette.

Please read the source stories: Disposable, Left Behind and Locked Away after you have listened to Amy's report.

Here is the transcript to Amy Goodman's piece: ...Top Army officials have so far refused to comment on the series...

I can't deal with what I heard. May be you can. It's too much for me. It's hard for me to do my job only minutes after I heard this report on my way to work in the car. But I think one shouldn't look away or turn the radio down. So, I suggest you listen. I hope my son doesn't listen. This is all too enfuriating and truely depressing even for people who are not the faint of heart.

That's the introduction paragraph from Amy's report:

A new investigation by the Colorado Springs Gazette says the U.S. Army is downsizing from a decade of war by increasingly kicking out soldiers, including wounded combat veterans. Despite serving multiple tours of duty, the wounded soldiers lose their medical care and other benefits for life. We’re joined by Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Dave Philipps, whose three-part series "Other Than Honorable," tells the stories of several discharged veterans suffering severe health issues from injuries sustained in combat. “The army’s difficulty in dealing with this is not an army problem, it is a societal problem. We’re talking about over two million people who have deployed in the last 10 years,” Philipps says. “Over 500, 000 of them have more than three deployments. These are people who may have issues that they need our help with. And if the Army isn’t sort of the first responder, the person who gets them on the right track, and the Army in fact through its actions is banning them care for the rest of their lives, that’s going to affect our society for a really long time.”
Emphasis is mine

That's her show's video:

This is not a diary, not meant to be one, just a pointer to listen and look. Look at the source too and be warned. It's graphic.

Originally posted to mimi on Wed May 22, 2013 at 07:39 AM PDT.

Also republished by Military Community Members of Daily Kos and DKos Military Veterans.

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