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Monday, February 05, 2007

This is How the Bush Administration Supports the Troops

What a disgrace. Conservatives and "pro-family" groups wasted so much precious time and money on trying to amend the constitution to ban gay marriage. Those resources could have been spent on something worthy, like actually supporting the troops they claim to care so much about:
Goodrum said it was only after he went to fill a prescription and learned he no longer had insurance that he found out the Army was charging him with desertion. What followed were weeks in lockdown at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, months of legal wrangling and $40,000 in legal fees that Goodrum said culminated in the Army retiring him at the rank of captain and letting him retain his insurance.

But feeling betrayed by the Army - once his "family," he said - contributed to his depression and other mental problems.

Now, four years later, he's made progress, he said, thanks to hard work and psychotherapy. He's learned to talk to himself, remind himself he's in Knoxville, not in Iraq. He tries to be more social, not isolate himself. He's sleeping better. He avoids watching the news.

Still, he worries about his fellow veterans; everyone who returns from Iraq, he said, has at least "a touch of PTSD," even if it's just during the first few months of readjustment.


At 2/05/2007 5:23 PM, Anonymous jack boo said...

But, but, Mainstream Media reporter Bill Arkin says that "we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them..."


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