Thursday, September 09, 2010

Troops Jeopardized by Interpreters?

"More than one quarter of the translators working alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan failed language proficiency exams but were sent onto the battlefield anyway, according to a former employee of the company that holds contracts worth up to $1.4 billion to supply interpreters to the U.S. Army.

"There are many cases where soldiers have gone out into the field and have spoken to elders [who] handed messages to the interpreter that a possible ambush three miles up the road would occur. The interpreter cannot read the message and they are attacked," Funk said. "We're talking about soldiers lives here." (SOURCE)

Hats off to Staff Sgt. Chase, founder of American Women Veterans and my good friend, for taking part in this story and risking backlash in the higher interest of potentially saving American lives.

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