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Humanism does it apply to Iraq War Vets?
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Author:  bergle [ Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:56 am ]
Post subject:  Humanism does it apply to Iraq War Vets?

The Patriotic Servicmen and women who have fought in Iraq feel shortchanged enough to sue the US Gov.
Obviously they have been each given reason to do so....

Iraq war veterans sue US government
From correspondents in San Francisco
July 24, 2007 11:23am Article from: Agence France-Presse

HUNDREDS of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have filed a class-action lawsuit against the US government for providing them with deficient medical and financial support.
They accused the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of violating the constitutional rights of war veterans who have to face a bureaucratic nightmare that leaves claims pending for up to 10 years.
"The delays have become an insurmountable barrier preventing many veterans from obtaining health care and benefits," the plaintiffs said in their 11-page complaint filed at a US District Court in San Francisco.
The Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth Inc complained on behalf of "hundreds of thousands of men and women who have suffered grievous injuries", alleging the system for deciding VA claims "has largely collapsed".
"The huge influx of injured troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has overwhelmed the VA's outmoded systems for providing medical care and disability benefits," the complaint said.
In addition, it said the VA's "archaic systems are structurally unsuitable for dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)", which afflicts many war veterans.
The veterans charge the VA with deliberately tricking some PTSD sufferers by having them acknowledge pre-existing personality disorders in order to avoid giving them benefits.
"Unless systematic and drastic measures are instituted immediately," the complaint said, "the costs to these veterans, their families, and our nation will be incalculable, including broken families, a new generation of unemployed and homeless veterans, increases in drug abuse and alcoholism".
The difficulties injured war veterans have to face at home caught the US public's attention earlier this year when the media reported on scandalous conditions at Washington's Walter Reed military hospital.

Author:  Tweaked [ Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: [bergle] Humanism does it apply to Iraq War Vets?

It has NEVER made any sense to me ... that we pay the brave volunteers in our military such demeaning wages to begin with, and then send them off to be injured, traumatized for life, and then bring them back to face lack of care, and have every excuse known to the law books used to disqualify them from proper medical and psychological treatment which might restore them to as much sanity and normalcy as can be done.

This is shameful, and We The People should shout in one voice: NEVER AGAIN! Beginning today.

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