Iraq Vets Call for Hearings on Body Armor Shortage
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the first and largest Iraq and Afghanistan war vets organization, is calling on the Senate Armed Services Committee to launch an investigation into the shortages of adequate body armor for the troops. The request follows the disclosure of a secret Pentagon study that found "scores of troops may have survived if they had been wearing the latest body armor."
"What is it going to take for our leaders in Washington to finally commit to providing the best possible support for the Troops?" asked Paul Rieckhoff, an OIF veteran and the founder of IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America). "The men and women of the military have long known that the body armor supply chain is seriously flawed, and three years into this war they’re still waiting for a solution. No American should tolerate this continuing example of bureaucracy at its worst."
Rieckhoff, who led an Army infantry platoon in Baghdad, sent a letter today to the Senate Armed Services Committee calling for an investigation into the body armor supply problems.
"There should be no higher priority for our elected officials than protecting our Troops, but so far Congress has shown little interest in fixing the body armor supply problems," Rieckhoff said today. "We’re not talking about building a bridge or rewriting the tax code. This is a matter of life and death, and bureaucratic excuses just won't cut it. We need accountability. We need hearings."