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Friday, March 23, 2007

Oxymoron #80

How do they sleep at night?

Jon Town has spent the last few years fighting two battles, one against his body, the other against the US Army. Both began in October 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. He was standing in the doorway of his battalion's headquarters when a 107-millimeter rocket struck two feet above his head. The impact punched a piano-sized hole in the concrete facade, sparked a huge fireball and tossed the 25-year-old Army specialist to the floor, where he lay blacked out among the rubble.

"The next thing I remember is waking up on the ground." Men from his unit had gathered around his body and were screaming his name. "They started shaking me. But I was numb all over," he says. "And it's weird because... because for a few minutes you feel like you're not really there. I could see them, but I couldn't hear them. I couldn't hear anything. I started shaking because I thought I was dead."

Eventually the rocket shrapnel was removed from Town's neck and his ears stopped leaking blood. But his hearing never really recovered, and in many ways, neither has his life. A soldier honored twelve times during his seven years in uniform, Town has spent the last three struggling with deafness, memory failure and depression. By September 2006 he and the Army agreed he was no longer combat-ready.

But instead of sending Town to a medical board and discharging him because of his injuries, doctors at Fort Carson, Colorado, did something strange: They claimed Town's wounds were actually caused by a "personality disorder." Town was then booted from the Army and told that under a personality disorder discharge, he would never receive disability or medical benefits.

Town is not alone. A six-month investigation has uncovered multiple cases in which soldiers wounded in Iraq are suspiciously diagnosed as having a personality disorder, then prevented from collecting benefits. The conditions of their discharge have infuriated many in the military community, including the injured soldiers and their families, veterans' rights groups, even military officials required to process these dismissals.

They say the military is purposely misdiagnosing soldiers like Town and that it's doing so for one reason: to cheat them out of a lifetime of disability and medical benefits, thereby saving billions in expenses. LINK.


Dizzy Dezzi said...

This is disgusting! I don't even know what to say.

Pursey Tuttweiler said...

Makes me want to puke.
They are not supporting the troops?
Where the hell is the MSM?
If the guys had a personality disorder why the hell were they allowed to enlist to begin with? Why was it not diagnosed before they deployed. Even if it were true, why would the government, the employer at the time of said disorder ocurring, be exempt from paying them? This is a bunch of bullshit. Good for the Military Officials processing the claims at being infuriated. Now they need to do more. Where the hell is our lazy ass Congress? Oh, I know, busy voting down property tax relief reform, the GOP along with 11 dems who pushed the bill out of the window.

AlaskaBaby said...

It feels like "outrage" has become the new norm.

Mary said...

This pisses me off more than anything I have heard lately.(And we all know there is alot to pissed about.)

Frederick said...

Reminds me of the Tom Delay interview I saw the other day where he stated that Veteran funding still needs to be cut despite Walter Reed.

JM said...

Unbelievable, outrageous, and unacceptable.

Donnie McDaniel said...

I am so blown away by this! Why is this not on the MSM 24/7 like Anna Nicloe Smith was? Bastards!!!!!

Peacechick Mary said...

This is too much! Worst criminals in history. There just isn't enough ugly words to describe this administration anymore.

just me said...

Veterans have always had a hard time collecting benefits. When it came to Agent Orange exposure it took decades for the military to compensate them. And Gulf War Syndrome? The VA is like a big lumbering mass of useless paperwork, and hateful people.

This is probably the worst thing I have heard coming out of this war. You bet I'm going to write my congressmen and Senators. Whether it does any good or not, I will let them know how I feel. This is just to horrible to imagine.

beachblogger said...

dear donnie,

how do we get info out? i heard this guy Ruben Navarrette on a local radio show and was amazed at the misinformation he was working into everything he said. how do they do it? do they practice in front of a mirror or what? they cover up the crimes and spread lies. IMPEACH!

peace, peter

C-dell said...

What happened down there is a shame. I live in Northern Louisiana. I was shocked that the govn't at all levels seemed to not care. ample warning time was avalible. Yet no one ordered an evacuation. That is truely shameful. I am sorry for thier lack of responsiblity, care, or competence.

supergirlest said...

how sad is this: i'd be surprised to hear any stories in which the gov't actually took proper care of wounded/maimed vets at this point - and made sure they were able to collect their benefits. a personality disorder? i hope that these soldiers are screaming at the top of their lungs about what they've had to fight coming from their own employers. it is all so so so very wrong.