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I shared with you in my last post, about my cousin's terrible experience at a military hospital, when she took her baby for emergency help. I've asked her to personally share with you what is going on with the soldier's families, when it comes to military health care.

Why is there enough money for the FAT CAT politicians to hike their pay checks at a whim, and there's no money when it comes to giving decent health care to or soldiers and their families?

By and by, my cousin is a vet who served her country for 4 years, too.

This is what she wrote:

I was very surprised to learn that the Commanding General at Walter Reed Hospital was former Ft. Sam Houston Post commander General Weightman. I had an opportunity to meet him and his wife during last year's Post Spring Fling. At that time I was so impressed by the fact that both General Weightman and his wife appeared to be so prim and proper and certainly gave an air of superiority above all in attendance. They greeted and talked to everyone of us as we arrived to the festivity. I would have never imagined that he would be capable of turning a blind eye to the way wounded soldiers were treated and cared for at Walter Reed Hospital. It was just very hard for me to believe that someone I thought was so noble and gracious could have such a cold heart.

Now that these findings at Walter Reed were brought to light, I would like for someone to shed light on another instance of medical abuse occuring with Military Health Care. I have been at two different military ER facilities during times when my kids need Urgent Care. It is well apparent that the Urgent Care facilities are put in the back burner. My kids and I have had to wait an average of 10 hours during each occasion of ear infections, cuts needing stitches, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia. We sit at the ER for all these hours enduring the aches and pains, hoping there isn't another trauma patient coming through the door (who naturally takes priority) that will further delay our chances of getting medical attention. Many of the people that I have seen at the ER who are there for the Urgent Care aspect of it are in so much pain that they simply give up and leave. I felt the same way the other night when my little one was in so much pain and all I could do was watch him ball up and scream. I asked the nurse if there was anything that could be done in order to speed up his waiting time. She was very rude to me and said that his case was not an emergency and that we just had to wait till we were called. I was so desperate that I was getting ready to leave and find medical care anywhere else but the nurse finally gave in to my wishes and catheterized my little one in order to get a urine sample. All of this to no avail because the sample turned out negative. I was discharged 10 hours later not knowing what could possibly be wrong with my son.

Yours truly,

Join The NRA
"The Right Of The People To Keep and
Bear Arms, Shall Not Be infringed."


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Mar. 8th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
you mind if i link to this post. i want to share your cousin's story.
Mar. 8th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Please do. People need to know how the military and their families are being treated!

I pray to God, her husband, and my brother who are both in Iraq, as well as the rest of our soldiers, stay safe from injury!
Mar. 8th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
This is hateful. I'm sorry.

Mar. 8th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
The hateful ones are civilian employees who have never served in the military. They are the rudest, and they can get away with it because it's almost imposible for them to be fired. The woman who was so heartless and rude with my cousin is a civilian.

These poor women are all alone, and far away from family. Their husbands are in Iraq fighting for our country. My cousin had to take her other 2 babies with her that night, because there was no one to take care of them. Can you imagin the horror of having to wait TEN hours for medical attention for her baby? All military mothers go through this nightmare!
(no subject) - nebris - Mar. 8th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 9th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
It's interesting that you are going to vote for the party that cuts funding for the military AND disarms the people, yet you still say you are pro-military and pro-gun.

Even being against the war isn't enough reason to sacrifice our military and our 2nd Amendment rights, the current crop of Democrats have the power to cut funding for the war, and they haven't, and seemingly won't. That they don't do what they promise because it might cost them popularity should be very important to people.

At least Bush does what he thinks is right, regardless of public opinion polls. He does lots of things I don't like, but he has integrity. That's not something most politicians from either the Republicans or the Democrats can say.

If you want change, attempt actual change. Voting for either of the stupid parties, that's not change.

If you're going to vote Democrat, do me a favor, stop posting "Join The NRA" with a quote of the 2nd Amendment.
Mar. 9th, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
Fuck off, pig.

(no subject) - neo_prodigy - Mar. 9th, 2007 09:54 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - neo_prodigy - Mar. 9th, 2007 09:54 am (UTC) - Expand
*sigh* Yeah, I know.... - nebris - Mar. 9th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC) - Expand
btw you might find this interesting... - nebris - Mar. 9th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - moon_shine - Mar. 9th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - nebris - Mar. 9th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
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(no subject) - nebris - Mar. 9th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
If you're going to vote Democrat, do me a favor, stop posting "Join The NRA" with a quote of the 2nd Amendment.

Amazing quote. So when the NRA goes out of it's way to endorse Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren, Tennessee Rep. John Tanner and West Virginia Rep. Alan Mollohan along with Bill Richardson governor of N.M and presidential contender- all Democrats- they should just do you a favor and stop calling themselves the NRA?

Maybe every single member of the NRA who votes Democrat should just leave and take their dues with them, no?
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Mar. 9th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
PS, it seems you really want only the military to make decisions concerning the military. That is not what our country is all about. A military dictatorship would be just as horrible as any other flavor. Our government is set up with civilian control of the military for a reason.
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
I'm not really clear as to why your cousin took her kids to a military medical facility for care. But then again, I know nothing of the military way of life. Perhaps this is where she was supposed to go. I can relate this to when I was a child and was taken to an ER with a sprained ankle. I waited for many hours while people with true emergencies were admitted before me. I don't know why my parents took me there, and I don't know why your cousin took her children where she did. Perhaps she had no choice. If that was the case, then maybe she was expecting too much.
Mar. 9th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
I don’t believe she, nor any of the other did
No, I don’t believe she, nor any of the other military families expect too much, when it comes to emergency health care. Waiting on an average of 10 hours is an abuse of its worse kind. Even those on MEDICAD, and illegal aliens, get faster care service when they go to the county hospitals.

I am now a civilian, now working for a company that provides one of the best insurances which is Aetna Health Insurance to its employees. Many employees in the U.S. have insurance through their jobs.

The reason I bring this out is because the military also provides health care for their soldiers and their families, so why should they have to go elsewhere else to get help? This is why mothers take their children to the military hospitals when an emergency arises with one of their kids, because it is stated that soldiers and their families will get health care. Soldiers aren’t paid all that much. There is no way these soldiers can afford to buy health insurance, just as it’s impossible for the majority of civilians who work for private companies that don’t provide health insurance, buying it on their own, because they just can’t afford it.

I’ve been to emergency on a couple of occasions, and have had to wait no longer than an hour or two, and have been treated in the most professional and courteous manner. There is no excuse for military families having to wait TEN or more hours, plus experience RUDENESS and SARCASM from SOME CIVILIAN employees, when they are terrified that their child may die.

Military families are NOT welfare recipients. Our soldiers have, and have had since the beginning of time, the most horrific and deadliest of jobs, and that has been protecting our beloved country. Their families have also had to pay the price, because they have had to move constantly to different parts of the states and countries.

Why should our injured soldiers have to put up with filth and the most inferior form of health care, as has been exposed at Walter Reed Hospital, when they should have been getting the very best!

Again no, my cousin didn’t expect all that much. She, as all the other mothers expect a little courtesy and compassion, and faster emergency care for their children. Waiting TEN hours is inhumane and abuse of the worst kind!

The backbone of this country is not the railroad. The backbone of the country is our military and its soldiers.
Mar. 9th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
I have to ask the same thing, did she have to go a military hospital? I know I have been to a regular ER and I have had to wait a while but never as long as your cousin. That is crazy !
Mar. 9th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, she did have to go the military hospital, because health care is suppose to be provided for military families. She, as all the rest, don't have private medical insurance, because they can't afford it. And why should they buy insurance, when the military provides it for them.

Yes, waiting 10 hours or more, which is the norm, is not only crazy, but insane.
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Good Morning Sunshine!!! =o)I hope your having a great day so far and I am glad she is standing up and being heard I wish more vets would do this.
Our government gets more and more complicated every day.

Love You!

Mar. 9th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Good morning Sweety Pie!

Yes, our government becomes more and more complicated by the day!
Good Morning Sunshine!!! =o) - moon_shine - Mar. 10th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 11th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
Stuff like this has been going on for years. My mom has been a nurse since the early 70's. For a while she worked at a VA hospital and at Womack hospital: an army hospital. She told me the quality of the people who work there, as nurses and doctors isn't very good. A few of them are young people who just got out of school and are serving their time as they agreed to let uncle sam pay for their schooling and are very good for the most part. But they tend to leave as soon as their obligated time runs out for the higher paying jobs at civilian hospitals. The bulk of the remaining doctors and nurses are the people who are on the verge of lossing their licences for malpractice and incompentence. That or docs from third world countries who are not qualified enough to work any where else but for uncle sam. Plus military hospitals are even more understaffed than civilian places to boot.
Of course Bush farming out all these hospitals to Halin=burton cronnies isn't helping things out either.
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