So Who Is Supposed To Protect Them?

As just about anyone who reads here regularly will attest, I hold the men and women who serve this country in uniform in the highest regard.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not into military worship; ten years in the Navy is enough to cure me of that ailment.  It’s simply that I comprehend the rigors of military life, and am eternally grateful for any person who puts on a uniform, and pledges to protect my life with his or hers.

It is one of the oldest pacts in this country, and one of the most disgusting aspects of this age is that we have shown a history of not honoring that pact.

Soldiers and teachers.  If it were up to me, the highest paid individuals woud be soldiers and teachers; there are no occupations I see as nobler and more deserving of the gratitude and rewards of a grateful nation.

When it comes to soldiers and marines, sailors and airmen, it’s a no brainer.  Their temerity of their forbearers were the ones who wrested from the grip of the British crown the freedom of the United States.  Americans in uniform put to silence the ominous threat of Hitler and the Third Reich, and today they not only protect our lands, but build houses for the poor at home in their free time, they erect schools and hospitals in Iraq, and serve with honor and valor.  Men and women just out of high school often times show the world our best and brightest face.

For that, it is my sincere belief that considering they would lay their lives down for us, it is the least we could do to ensure that when they need us, when their service puts them in such a condition so as to require assistance to carry out a fruitful and secure life, we should stop at nothing to guarantee that.

Yet we have another instance where we, and the upper echelon of the Army, fail the very same soldiers who would not think of failing us.  Indeed, the trouble they experience now is directly because they were wounded for us.

Welcome to Fort Drum.

Located in upstate New York, disabled and wounded soldiers have recently found that they are no longer to expect assistance from the VA on their military paperwork during the requisite ten day review period.  While the Army has not released an official reasoning for this, it should be understood that apparently there are incentives for keeping disability statistics low.

The VA, which must review paperwork for the separate VA benefits available, is experienced with the forms involved, and is apparently helpful in the narrative building that soldiers must engage in when describing their disabilities.

In short, what looks to be going on is that after these soldiers put their lives on the line and are wounded in the line of duty, the Army is leaving them alone in the woods to scavange for themselves.

This isn’t befitting the members of a service who give so much for their country.  Coming home disabled is itself an ordeal.  You have the trauma of combat, and the pain of your disability.  You have to deal with physical therapy at times, and if the wound is bad enough, you also have to stress over how to begin anew in a different career.  The last thing these men and women should have to worry about is making sure they don’t get scammed out of the entitlements that should be theirs by law.

They give their lives to protect them, but in this age where it seems everywhere you turn you find shortcuts and scams, who is supposed to protect them? 

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