Monday, March 12, 2007

Does King Care That Injured Soldiers are being Sent Back??

He should be very vocal about this.... but he's not.
THIS is what is hurting our armed forces, not a call to leave Iraq.

From Crooks and Liars...

"Army Ordering Injured Troops To Go To Iraq
By: Nicole Belle on Monday, March 12th, 2007 at 10:01 AM - PDT

Mike included this in his round up, but it was just so outrageous that I thought it needed to be highlighted further. Just when you thought that the travesty at Walter Reed was about as low as this administration could go, they dredge yet more depths from the swamp.

Salon (Watch a short ad for day pass–h/t Cliff SchecterBlog)

As the military scrambles to pour more soldiers into Iraq, a unit of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga., is deploying troops with serious injuries and other medical problems, including GIs who doctors have said are medically unfit for battle. Some are too injured to wear their body armor, according to medical records.

On Feb. 15, Master Sgt. Jenkins and 74 other soldiers with medical conditions from the 3rd Division's 3rd Brigade were summoned to a meeting with the division surgeon and brigade surgeon. These are the men responsible for handling each soldier's "physical profile," an Army document that lists for commanders an injured soldier's physical limitations because of medical problems — from being unable to fire a weapon to the inability to move and dive in three-to-five-second increments to avoid enemy fire. Jenkins and other soldiers claim that the division and brigade surgeons summarily downgraded soldiers' profiles, without even a medical exam, in order to deploy them to Iraq. It is a claim division officials deny.[..]"

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