Thursday, December 13, 2007

How the military stabs in the back Our Troops

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." -Theodore Roosevelt

For a great many Americans, 'Support Our Troops' is an empty catchphrase that is mostly limited to wearing a ribbon or slapping a bumper sticker on the family car. Perhaps a showy acknowlegement at Memorial Day ceremonies. Or the daily incantation of "They're Our Heroes." All of these are fine and dandy but they don't truly affect the lives of soldiers in any meaningful way.

North Country Public Radio is currently running a good series on how the government is failing miserably when it comes to actually supporting Our Troops. Specifically in terms of how the Army treats soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fort Drum, which is in NCPR's listening area, is home of the 10th Mountain Division. Soldiers from here have been deployed extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Part 1 of the series reports on what the Army says it does to help PTSD-afflicted soldiers.

Part 2 reports on what many soldiers say the Army ACTUALLY treats soldiers diagnosed with PTSD.

Part 3 explains how many PTSD-afflicted soldiers, feeling discarded by the military, have taken matters into their own and organizing their group therapy sessions to make up for the Pentagon's negligence.

Apparently these men and women are Our Heroes when they can serve as a PR prop for the chickenhawks in the White House but are treated as a much of weaklings and whinea**es once they've been used and discarded by our misleaders in DC.

But you probably already knew that.


Renegade Eye said...

The lack of medical care for GIs, is something going back to Agent Orange victims in Vietnam, who fought for benefits for years.

A Social Skidmark said...

Yeah that is sick what they have to deal with after they are discharged or wounded. It's the worst medical treatment in the worst medical facilities with the worst staff. Horrible. They deserve better that what is going on. they deserve the best.
PS. I'm not a terrorist.......LOL

Anonymous said...

When I cameback from Vietnam and was discharged from the Marines, I went to the VA in Albany once and never went back.
I am just lucky that I always had good medical coverage or I would probably be dead today.