The Tragedy of Building 18 continued

Last March I posted some thoughts about the mistreatment of our veterans and the scandal that was undergoing at Walter Reed Army Hospital (see Supporting Our Troops – The Tragedy of Building 18).  Now a report comes across the Associated Press wires that veterans  suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) are 1) being discharged from the Army because of “pre-existing conditions” and 2) being billed for the enlistment bonuses (with interests).

Is it bad enough that we went into this war ill-prepared to fight it and ill-prepared to end it?  It was bad enough that the quality of care that our veterans was pathetic at best; now, they are being told that their illnesses are essentially their own fault and the Army is not going to help them.  And, to top it off, the Army wants their money back.

It has been said time and time again that we live in a throw-away society.  I said it in my first comments and this report only confirms it.

In a world where reality TV is a show, when are we going to see the reality of war and do something about ending the war and ending the causes of war?  When are we going to put meaning in often tossed-about phrase “family values”?  What is more valuable than the life and mind of a young person whom we send off to war and comes home broken in body and now mind? 

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