Marine Cpl. James Dixon was wounded twice in Iraq — by a roadside bomb and a land mine. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, a concussion, a dislocated hip and hearing loss. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Army Sgt. Lori Meshell shattered a hip and crushed her back and knees while diving for cover during a mortar attack in Iraq. She has undergone a hip replacement and knee reconstruction and needs at least three more surgeries.
In each case, the Pentagon ruled that their disabilities were not combat-related.
In a little-noticed regulation change in March, the military’s definition of combat-related disabilities was narrowed, costing some injured veterans thousands of dollars in lost benefits — and triggering outrage from veterans’ advocacy groups.
What else can you say but “disgusting”? With the billions upon billions of dollars that have been spent and wasted (not to mention “lost”) on this war/occupation, is it really necessary to cheap-out on wounded soldiers? I never expected them to give a crap about the Iraqis whose lives have been shattered (an estimated 4.2 million displaced). But to see them squeeze disabled American vets only proves the point that the warmongers aren’t patriots, they don’t care about Americans, and they shouldn’t be allowed in polite company, much less setting foreign policy.
It bothered me during the election that Obama refused to press the point that Republicans, including John McCain, routinely voted against increased funding for veterans. I suspect he avoided this line of attack (at least during the debates) because the opposition would have spun it as an attack on the great war hero, and HOW DARE OBAMA expose the obvious hypocrisy!
(Yeah I know, the election is over, let it go…)
END THE OCCUPATION, BRING HOME THE TROOPS, PAY FOR THEIR CARE