Friday, February 08, 2008

The ultimate betrayal

I've written before about the disgraceful treatment that our government has subjected returned Iraq War veterans to, but once again they have sunk to a new low.

NPR has been running this story: Last week, NPR first described a meeting last March between an Army team from Washington and VA officials at Fort Drum Army base in upstate New York. NPR reported that Army representatives told the VA not to review the narrative summaries of soldiers' injuries, and that the VA complied with the Army's request.

Naturally, the Army's lying about it: The day the NPR story aired, Army Surgeon General Eric B. Schoomaker denied parts of the report. Rep. John McHugh (R-NY), who represents the Fort Drum area, told North Country Public Radio, that "The Surgeon General of the Army told me very flatly that it was not the Army that told the VA to stop this help."

Of course, in a big organization like the Army, it's hard to cover up the whole paper trail, and reporting by NPR proves the lie, and they've got the documentary evidence to prove it.

Remind me again which party is soft on defense.


Blogger Stevem said...

Thanks for writing about this. And it's not just physical injuries that the Army/VA are ignoring. Soldiers are coming home with PTSD and being told that there are not enough therapists to treat them. Then, when things fall apart for them, these men and women are blamed for it, and they lose their benefits. I wrote to my US Rep, a real pip named Virginia Foxx, to express my displeasure with this situation. She sent me a form letter crowing about her support of vets and soldiers, and not addressing my points at all. Who's surprised?

February 09, 2008 5:54 PM  

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