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I've known of this despicable problem for a very long time, but was afraid to bring it up, but can't hold my tongue any longer.

Not only are our wounded soldiers getting 2nd class citizen medical attention, but so are their families!!

Last night, my cousin stayed at the hospital for a total of 12 hours, from the moment she arrived, to the moment she left, until she got medical assistance for her 1 year old little boy. He couldn't urinate and when he tried he screamed with pain. She also had to take her other 2 small children, because she didn’t have anyone to take care of them at home.

After waiting for hours upon hours, she walked up the receptionist, frustrated, angry, exhausted, and scared for her baby, and told her that her son was in horrible pain, and she had waited for hours for help. The receptionist was extremely rude and cruel with my cousin. My cousin told her that her husband was among the many that were in Iraq, fighting for this country, and why the families of these soldiers were treated so badly when it came to medical services. She told her this was an emergency. The receptionist told her rudely that it wasn’t, and that she sure had an attitude. The one who had an attitude was the bitch. I'm sure she'd also have an attitude also if she was in my cousin's shoes! My cousin was terrified for her baby, because he cried for the entire time she waited for help!

I want you all to know, that it is a FACT that our soldiers and their families get horrible medical attention, and are treated like beggars!!

ALL military families go through this when trying to seek medical and emergency medical attention for themselves and their families.

Billions are being spent in Iraq, while Americans in this country, both military and civilians are going without proper or ZERO medical care. How is this possible in America?!


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Mar. 5th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
It's the fall of western civilization, I think.
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Indeed.
nah, just a pratfall...

Re: Indeed. - jasonecaesar - Mar. 5th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Indeed. - playgirl - Mar. 5th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Indeed. - jasonecaesar - Mar. 5th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I think I'll join Jethro with that beer, too!
(no subject) - nebris - Mar. 6th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
the more things change, the more they stay the same...
wow, did I land in the year 1973? Are they gonna impeach the president again?

crap, only two years before saturday night live is invented,
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: the more things change, the more they stay the same...
We get to relive the Eddie Murphy years on SNL?!?!?!?! Awesome!!!!
time travel economics... - ninjaguydan - Mar. 5th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the director of Walter Reed Army Medical Center was canned last week because of the crappy treatment patients received. And get this, the President's budget is going to cut more from health for veterans. Another part of the Rumsfeld legacy. The army went into a defensive crouch and Rumsfeld ignored the veterans.
Any one forget Persian Gulf Syndrome? How long did they argue that it didn't exist before they finally caved in to help those Vets from Gulf I?
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
It isn't only happening at Walter Reed, but throughout this country. Our veterans and their families have been going through this for a very long time.

It sickens me to see all these damn FAT CATS sitting in plush chairs, behind their expensive top of the line desks, making decisions of which they don’t know shit from shinola!

I pray my brother stays in one piece in Iraq, because if he doesn't, and needs medical attention over here in the states, I'm going to dedicate my life to letting the public know exactly what's going on.

I continue to hope and pray that this president finally realizes that it has been, and continues to be a total farce, keeping our soldiers over there.

Bush is stubborn as they come, and WILL NOT agree that this is a NO WIN war.

I continue to count the days for re-election. It's this countries only salvation!
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
i'm sorry your cousin had to go through that and i hope that her child is okay.

that's how it's always been in this country. people (often conservatives) talk about more funding to support our military and our soldiers but rarely if ever does it get to the brave men and women who are protecting this country or their families.

the average soldier makes maybe $30,000 a year which is okay if you're single and have no dependents but if you have a spouse and two kids, then you're going to be struggling. especially if you're constantly getting transferred to different posts. that makes it difficult for the spouse who may be a civilian to find work and support the household.
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is extremely hard on the family with the miserable wages that are paid them for fighting for this country.

My cousin works, to help ends meet, and had to got to work this morning, with zero sleep. I have no idea how she will manage today. I'm glad her other 2 children are still too little to go to school.

I find it inhumane that they keep these families waiting for so MANY hours, at an emergency hospital for help. Not even those who are an MEDICAID, have to wait so long!

Here, are soldiers are in an ungodly country, getting slaughtered by the day, while their family is being treated in this despicable manner in the good old USA!

After waiting for so many damn hours, my cousin was going to leave and go to a private hospital, but stopped, because she realized she didn't have insurance, so she had no choice but to sit and continue waiting for the desperate help she needed for her baby!
(no subject) - neo_prodigy - Mar. 6th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 5th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Although I served 4 years of my life with the U.S. Army, I was never aware of the horrid conditions. I have been aware for a very long time of the mistreatment toward families of our soldiers.

The cousin I just spoke of, also served her country for 4 years. I will share with you later, in another post what happened to her, right after she had the baby.

It is not only my cousin, but all the families who go through the worst possible attitudes when it comes to medical, and emergency medical help.

The often times don't report it for fear of WHAT EVER!!

This must stop!!

Mar. 5th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
This is just a continuation of Bush's policies toward our soldiers. Please remember back to around the start of the Afghan War that he dramatically cut veterans benefits.

Or one thing that was on NPR but not the corporate networks, the military has been taken cases they have diagnosed as PTSD and then trying to relabel it dereliction of duty and getting the people a dishonorable discharge as that is cheaper than treating them.
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
The only thing I can recall is the fact that my brother, and many soldiers voted for Bush this 2nd time around, because he promised so many good things for them.

It's so hard for me to believe, that someone would make promises, knowing full well that he would break them in the long run.
(no subject) - adameros - Mar. 6th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - playgirl - Mar. 6th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 5th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
It is such a shame!!! I hope he did finally receive the proper treatment. And I hope the problem does get reported and resolved.
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
No, he didn't receive proper treatmen!

What's so strange is, that for some reason, fear keeps most families from exposing the truth.
Mar. 5th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
It is all about money and who is going to get the money and how much it is. Try being on Medicaid or Medicare what a joke most doctors will tell you right to your face that they don't want you because they can not charge you as much and then there is the doctors that will see you because they have to and do nothing but push you off and now the Medicaid and Medicare have both been told to push people off and deny or hold off some that or eligible, all because of money, and doctors that work for the V-A just not make a lot of money and heck they don't even want to buy our military personal the right body armor so why would they spend more money on them after they are hurt. What a sad day we are living in
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Yes, it's pathetically sad! I never realized until lately, so many things. I was so mistaken for so long.
(no subject) - moon_shine - Mar. 6th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 5th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
That's it. Thanks for reactivating my bullshit detector.

I'm moving my ass to Canada. At least prostitution's legal there, haha. Seriously, I could get health care at reasonable cost up there, and actually have a life.
Mar. 5th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
I was talking about the current administration short-changing veterans from day one - before 9/11.
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
I never saw it PoetPaladin, because I was still watching the world through rose colored glasses.
Mar. 6th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
welcome to socialized medicine. It can't even be pulled off for a few million people.
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
welcome to socialized medicine.
So what's your solution? You know, for our vets and the 43+ million Americans who have no health coverage...

Re: welcome to socialized medicine. - tomcatshanger - Mar. 6th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - nebris - Mar. 6th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - tomcatshanger - Mar. 6th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - nebris - Mar. 6th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - beowulf1723 - Mar. 6th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
National Socialism was a form of socialism... - nebris - Mar. 6th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - tomcatshanger - Mar. 6th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Very class warfare oriented. - nebris - Mar. 6th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Very class warfare oriented. - tomcatshanger - Mar. 6th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Um, wait...What!? - nebris - Mar. 7th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Um, wait...What!? - tomcatshanger - Mar. 7th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
No wonder you oppose liberty. - nebris - Mar. 7th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: No wonder you oppose liberty. - tomcatshanger - Mar. 7th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Spin Spin Spin - nebris - Mar. 7th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Spin Spin Spin - tomcatshanger - Mar. 7th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Spin Spin Spin - nebris - Mar. 8th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Spin Spin Spin - tomcatshanger - Mar. 8th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Arcane und Lame - nebris - Mar. 8th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Arcane und Lame - tomcatshanger - Mar. 9th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC) - Expand
Fearful - nebris - Mar. 7th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Spin Spin Spin - tomcatshanger - Mar. 7th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Data? - nebris - Mar. 8th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Data? - tomcatshanger - Mar. 8th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
Your links to definitions are... - nebris - Mar. 8th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Your links to definitions are... - tomcatshanger - Mar. 9th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC) - Expand
Text book propaganda... - nebris - Mar. 8th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Text book propaganda... - tomcatshanger - Mar. 9th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - nebris - Mar. 8th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - tomcatshanger - Mar. 9th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC) - Expand
I was wrong...you are a sociopath.. - nebris - Mar. 9th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I was wrong...you are a sociopath.. - nebris - Mar. 9th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: I was wrong...you are a sociopath.. - nebris - Mar. 9th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
I spent an entire night vomiting due to food poisoning. I was so sick i couldn't drive myself to the base medical so i had to walk. I got there and the one guy on duty wouldn't do anything for me because they weren't open for another 45 minutes. So i walked to work and had to find someone to drive me 30 minutes out of the way to the army hospital in the middle of the island. Needless to say i didn't make it and i ended up at medical anyway. Oh and they dropped the gurney i was laying on because i had blacked out and did a face plant because i vomited so bad i cut my air off. I spent 6 hours on my back hooked up to an ekg part of which i have no memory of how i got there or when they hooked me up. I had a hole in my face from where i bit clean through my lip as i face planted. I was in such pain he stitched me up with no anestetic, as i couldn't feel it. The funny thing is that i never got treated for the food poisoning the whole time. All this happend when i was on active duty so i was not surprised at all that it is happening in the Veteran hospitals. Last month they were talking about how these iraq war vets were getting threatening letters from the govt about being overpaid. They threatened to destroy their credit if they didn't immediately pay what they owed right away! Some of these people were missing legs and could no longer walk. On permanent disability becuase of their war injuries. Thanks of a grateful nation my ass...
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
I'm shaking with rage that you had to go through all that!

All these horror stories that veterans have gone through and are still going through must be exposed!

These damn FAT CATS easily give themselves big pay raises, but there's never enough money to properly attend to those who have, and are, fighting for this country.

What I've been watching on the news has sickened me to no end, and I'm glad the whole bunch of assholes have been fired. Now it's time to investigate every single VA hospital in the country, so our American heroes and their families never go through this again.
(no subject) - asifallforever - Mar. 6th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
This country is based on inequality. In our system, the only people who really deserve good medical treatment are those who can pay for it with personal wealth or good private insurance.

Any one without any private insurance, with poor private insurance, or who relies on public/government insurance, like military families or the poor, are lucky to get any medical treatment.

What it boils down to is that military families and soldiers who can no longer fight or whose enlistments are up are just unproductive overhead.

If you want good medical treatment, you need to work hard, become successful and generate wealth so you can afford it. Soldiers do not generate wealth, they just defend the country so the people who our system values can generate it.

Do I sound a little jaded?
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
I've always placed the U.S. Army banner, along with its link on my journal. I have stopped, and I will never put it up again, until the government sees to it that our soldiers, veterans AND their families are taken care of as they should be.

What a crying shame that there's more than enough money for this horrible war in Iraq and most Americans get the most inferior quality of medical help.

I also find it despicable that just as soon as the politicians feel they must have a pay raise, they get it immediately without our knowledge.

Aye Dewayne, I sound jaded, too!
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
i added you. i hope thats okay. if not,do let me know and i will rectify the situation.
Mar. 8th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for adding me. I appreciate it, and I've added you, too.

I look forward to visiting your LJ. :o)
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