Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Injured Troops being Sent to Iraq?

I (personally) know a few Soldiers/Marines that have been wounded in OIF and OEF, sent to Walter Reed and against the advice of doctors and the military requested to go back. But requesting to go back wounded and being ordered to go back wounded are very different scenarios. Salon.com (I know, the source is dubious but I wanted to discuss this) is reporting that troops are being sent to Iraq against their will after being declared medically unfit...

"As the military scrambles to pour more soldiers into Iraq, a unit of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga., is deploying troops with serious injuries and other medical problems, including GIs who doctors have said are medically unfit for battle. Some are too injured to wear their body armor, according to medical records.

The 3,900-strong 3rd Brigade is now leaving for Iraq for a third time in a steady stream. In fact, some of the troops with medical conditions interviewed by Salon last week are already gone. Others are slated to fly out within a week, but are fighting against their chain of command, holding out hope that because of their ills they will ultimately not be forced to go. Jenkins, who is still in Georgia, thinks doctors are helping to send hurt soldiers like him to Iraq to make units going there appear to be at full strength. "This is about the numbers," he said flatly.

And while Grigsby, the brigade commander, says he is under no pressure to find troops, it is hard to imagine there is not some desperation behind the decision to deploy some of the sick soldiers..." (Read the entire story)

Did this author make this assumption from speaking with eight soldiers (out of 3,900)? Maybe they are thought to be malingering...?

I know the left'o'sphere will be posting about this and saying the right ignores anything the military does wrong --of course that isn't the case. The troops come first and if this is happening, it needs to be addressed ASAP.

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