Monday, Feb 19, 2007, 7:20 am
Since Wounded Vets Are No Longer Troops, George Bush Doesn’t Care to Support Them
Dana Priest and Anne Hull for WaPo report: "Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army's Top Medical Facility"
On the worst days, soldiers say they feel like they are living a chapter of "Catch-22." The wounded manage other wounded. Soldiers dealing with psychological disorders of their own have been put in charge of others at risk of suicide.Shakespeare's Sister (via Atrios) is outraged and sickened by the wholesale failure of the Bush warlust crowd to contemplate a need for proper health care treatment of war wounded veterans.
Disengaged clerks, unqualified platoon sergeants and overworked case managers fumble with simple needs: feeding soldiers' families who are close to poverty, replacing a uniform ripped off by medics in the desert sand or helping a brain-damaged soldier remember his next appointment.
"We've done our duty. We fought the war. We came home wounded. Fine. But whoever the people are back here who are supposed to give us the easy transition should be doing it," said Marine Sgt. Ryan Groves, 26, an amputee who lived at Walter Reed for 16 months. "We don't know what to do. The people who are supposed to know don't have the answers. It's a nonstop process of stalling."