I've been too tired and just fed the f**k up, but I saw this and wanted you all to know.
Jenkins, who is still in Georgia, thinks doctors are helping to send hurt soldiers like him to Iraq to make units going there appear to be at full strength. "This is about the numbers," he said flatly.
That is what worries Steve Robinson, director of veterans affairs at Veterans for America, who has long been concerned that the military was pressing injured troops into Iraq. "Did they send anybody down range that cannot wear a helmet, that cannot wear body armor?" Robinson asked rhetorically. "Well that is wrong. It is a war zone."
Eight soldiers who were at the Feb. 15 meeting say they were summoned to the troop medical clinic at 6:30 in the morning and lined up to meet with division surgeon Lt. Col. George Appenzeller, who had arrived from Fort Stewart, Ga., and Capt. Aaron K. Starbuck, brigade surgeon at Fort Benning. The soldiers described having a cursory discussion of their profiles, with no physical exam or extensive review of medical files. They say Appenzeller and Starbuck seemed focused on downplaying their physical problems.
Go read the whole thing and then bang your head on the computer.
WHAT KIND OF F**KING COUNTRY DO WE LIVE IN?
I guess I'm not going to bed early tonite, but what the fu....
PLEASE EMAIL ANYONE YOU CAN THINK OF ABOUT THIS!!
There is a list of Reps from the area of Ft Benning.
Washington DC Office
2429 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515-1002
Phone- (202) 225-3631
Fax- (202) 225-2203
235 Roosevelt Avenue
Albany Towers, Suite 114
Albany GA 31701
Phone: (229) 439-8067
Fax: (229) 436-2099
18 Ninth Street, Suite 201
Columbus, GA 31901
Phone: (706) 320-9477
Fax: (706) 320-9479
Federal Building, Room 255
401 North Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: (229) 247-9705
Fax: (229) 241-1035
PLEASE email Don Imus- He's a dick, but he's on our side on this thing.
IMUSMAIL@MSNBC.COM & IMUS@MSNBC.COM
And honestly? TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW. Ask them WHY? Tell your R friends you want them to defend this!!! Taking broken kids and throwing them in to be destroyed? Fuck p.c.- THIS IS WASTING OUR KIDS.
No, this is worse than wasting our kids. This is treating them like trash.
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Guess I'm spending the day on the phone (again)
And Via Ari @ SOTU Blog, we find out this is not the first time.
Guardian UK From April '04
The Guardian has uncovered more than a dozen instances in which ill or injured soldiers were sent to war by a US military whose resources have been stretched near to breaking point by the simultaneous fronts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In its investigation, the Guardian learned of soldiers who were deployed with almost wilful disregard to their medical histories, and with the most cursory physical examinations.
Cross posted at Cliff Schecter