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posted by marg6043
You know what bothers me the most . . . is how the complaints are flying now under the Democratic congress but for 6 years and 4 of war soldiers and families seem to me they were under a Gag order. Or just people after the blunder of Rumsfeld and his gestapo the military found their voices . . . I wonder. . . [Edited by Don W]
posted by JacKatMtn
I smell "political agenda." This country has a long history of less than acceptable treatment of our Veterans. The saddest part of this continuing saga is when an election is near and one side can throw this subject out as leverage against another political party, they will do it to gain votes and not to take care of the veterans [let’s stop the overuse of “heroes” - Aesop principle] who are used as pawns in the game. The soldiers did not "Defend Our Country" to gain political advantage . . It is WAY beyond the time when this type of political game is an accepted political practice, by the citizens of this country. I consider it a slap in the face. [Edited by Don W]
What do you get when you mix Halliburton and health care? Walter Reed.
The stories of abysmal living conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center are bad enough. But there's more to the story. To cut costs, the support services and facilities management at Walter Reed were outsourced to a company called IAP - which is run by a former Halliburton official and whose board consists of people like Dan Quayle.
If IAP sounds familiar, that's probably because it's the same contractor that was asked to deliver relief services to Katrina victims but came up short. www.americansunitedforchange.org...; The privatization of support services has proved ineffective and lacks the kind of accountability our government is founded upon. In the case of Walter Reed, it drove out skilled doctors, psychologists, and caseworkers in favor of penny-pinching profit oriented private contractors.
This nickel-and-dimed approach to serving those in need is par for the course in the Bush Administration. Before the start of the Iraq war, Bush approved a budget which slowed cost growth of medical care for veterans compared to national health spending. [Or, when is an “increase” really a “decrease?” A. When the “increase” is 2% but the costs rise 8%.]
Jeremy Funk, Americans United for Change