This post was inspired by someone I know who recently was discharged from the armed services due to a medical condition. He only learned of the medical condition after making it through boot camp. He then was told he needed urgent care and needed a surgery yesterday or he could die. To make a long story short, he had the emergency surgery, which did not clear his medical problems. In fact, he was later told by a physician outside the military that the surgery was not only unecessary, it made his problems worse. Then the military "discarded" the soldier and he was held in military limbo. After he was treated poorly and denied leave to see his family, he decided to go home "AWOL" over a weekend and returned on his own accord but he was caught after a buddy of his ratted him out. To make a long story short, the soldier was not given a dishonerable discharge, but was not given an honorable discharge either and was denied further medical benefits. Granted, it was a bone headed decision to go home AWOL, but the treatement the soldier recieved after the military learned he was "damaged goods" is appalling. In fact, he was held in limbo for about half a year as this all unfolded as the soldier was denied leave for medical treatment or even to talk to his family. Now he has finally been released and they will not even so much as give him his medical records. The young lad's family then contacted their Congressman and come to find out the Congressman responded that he has recived many complaints like the one being given.
So Whodey did some digging and this is an interesting article I came up with.
"Thousands of wounded troops are routinely rushed from the war zone for health care and then stranded in administrative limbo. They are at the mercy of medical evaluation system that is agonizingly slow, grossly understaffed, and saddled with a growing backlog of cases. The wounded soldiers are stuck in holding companies awaiting hearings and decisions on whether they will continue their service or be discharged, and if so, at what level of benefits -- if any. In 2001, 10% of soldiers going through the medical retirement process recieved permanent disability benefits. In 2005, with 2 wars waging, that percentage dropped to 3%."
So how about AmryParatrooperman? In fact, what do the rest of you say? Do you know anyone in this predicament like I do? It seems to me that instead of focusing on universal health coverage, Obama and company should be giving the best care they can to the men and women laying down their lives so that their pampered arses can live in the lap of luxary and continue wars that cannot be properly waged and unwinable due to political constrants. Then to add icing on the cake, use generals as scapgoats for failed policies. Then again, perhaps this government run health care is something that we all can look forward to in the near future.