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The Last Letter, From a Dying Veteran

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#1 Nonny

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:46 AM

http://www.truthdig....etter_20130318/

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A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole...


I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.  



Ten years ago today.   :(
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:10 PM

for those who can put together the time; well worth it!
if
you
(found this on a left-bar link)
read this big report of Iraq vets, Walter Reed, ongoing treatments, claims, VA,
fighting to up the disability, justifyings of pre-existing(to cut costs),
Fighting the good fight,
I might call it The New Trenches,

> ' They abided each other's frailties. Sgt. Steve Justi would get the slightest cut on his skin and drop to his knees, his face full of anguish, apologizing over and over. For what, Oscar did not know. Steve was the college boy who went to Iraq, and Oscar figured something terrible had happened over there.......
..
"A soldier, coming from war?" Oscar asks.

Annette doesn't know. She mentions that another soldier was kicked out of Mologne House for selling his painkillers.

The talk turns to their friend Steve Justi. A few days earlier, Steve was discharged from the Army and given a zero percent disability rating for his mental condition.

Oscar is visibly angry. "They gave him nothing," he says. "They said his bipolar was preexisting."  ....

Annette is quiet. "Poor Steve," she says......

'A Soldier Snaps'.......
...
After he finished his tour, everything was fine back home in Pennsylvania for about 10 months, and then a strange bout of insomnia started. After four days without sleep, he burst into full-out mania and was hospitalized in restraints.

Did anything trigger the insomnia? "Not really," Steve says calmly, sitting in his chair.

His mother overhears this from the kitchen and comes into the living room. "His sergeant had called saying that the unit was looking for volunteers to go back to Iraq," Cindy Justi says. "This is what triggered his snap."

Steve woke up in the psychiatric unit at Walter Reed... and spent the next six months going back and forth between there and a room at Mologne House. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He denied to doctors that he was suffering from PTSD, yet he called home once from Ward 54 and shouted into the phone, "Mom, can't you hear all the shooting in the background?"

He was on the ward for the sixth time when he was notified that he was being discharged from the Army, with only a few days to clear out and a disability rating of zero percent.

On some level, Steve expected the zero rating. During his senior year of college, he suffered a nervous breakdown and for several months was treated with antidepressants. He disclosed this to the National Guard recruiter, who said it was a nonissue. It became an issue when he told doctors at Walter Reed. The Army decided that his condition was not aggravated by his time in Iraq. The only help he would get would come from Veterans Affairs.

"We have no idea if what he endured over there had a worsening effect on him," says his mother. '
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:07 AM

View Postoffworlder, on 19 March 2013 - 06:10 PM, said:

The talk turns to their friend Steve Justi. A few days earlier, Steve was discharged from the Army and given a zero percent disability rating for his mental condition.

Oscar is visibly angry. "They gave him nothing," he says. "They said his bipolar was preexisting."  ....


He was on the ward for the sixth time when he was notified that he was being discharged from the Army, with only a few days to clear out and a disability rating of zero percent.

SOP to saddle a mentally disabled servicemember with a phony preexisting condition.  I discovered long after my discharge that I had one for a condition I obviously don't have, have never been treated for, and had to ask about.  The person I was stuck with for a therapist back in early 2000 just gave me a pamphlet to read, but used the phony condition in her reprisal note when I dumped her for abusive behavior (she went behind my back to bully a social worker into not helping me get documentation for a completely unrelated matter, and which she herself had refused to help me with, then did it again and got caught again).  Not only did she use the phony diagnosis, but elevated it to severe with no explanation.

But the joke was on the VA.  It wasn't the condition that eventually got me service-connection, nor did it stop me from getting it.

What really bites about the situation described in the article is that service-connection was granted for a condition that was described as preexisting, which is simply wrong, and used to keep the percentage at zero, which is probably meant to confuse and upset him, but will also set a standard for potential increase, but without back pay.
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"Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world." Can anyone tell me who I am quoting?  I found this with no attribution.

Fatal miscarriages are forever.

Stupid is stupid, this I believe. And ignorance is the worst kind of stupid, since ignorance is a choice.  Suzanne Brockmann

All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings. Diderot

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 05:07 PM

jus wanted to squeeze this in,

do let's NOT FORGET our boys N girls who came back and those who never made it,
and how so many lives R changed forever,
...
report from the experience, a young police officer who went over as Nat Guard,

' Coming home to an empty house was hard. I just cried for three days, holding my dog, who would not leave my side. I finally went to the VA and met a counselor at the end of day three. She told me to go back to work, that I had too much time on my hands. It sounds cruel, but it worked. All in all, I was away from my family for 13 months. I was back at work as a police officer four days after being home. I had PTSD for almost two years, but I was able to hide it until I was able to control it. It was a hell of a demon to keep caged.
How did Iraq change me? I gave up my family and just a bit of sanity. I lost 13 months of my life and my back is hurt so bad from my IED in Baghdad that I was medically discharged from the Guard. I since then left police work because of my back injury. I now sit in front of a computer all day missing the days when I was a soldier.
But would I have done anything differently? Nope! '
(this is only last 1/3, see the whole thing, wife, et al)


http://news.yahoo.co...-202700146.html
"(Do you read what they say online?) I check out all these scandalous rumours about me and Elijah Wood having beautiful sex with each other ... (are they true?) About Elijah and me being boyfriend and boyfriend? Absolutely true. We've been together for about nine years. I wooed him. No I just like a lot of stuff - I like that someone says one thing and it becomes fact. It's kind of fun." --Dominic Monaghan in a phone interview with Newsweek while buying DVDs at the store. :D



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