And it's Tommy, 'ows yer soul,
But it's a thin red line of 'eros
When the drums begin to roll.
I suppose I am a little sensitive on this topic. While I don't have any eligible disabilities, barring a future claim for PTSS or some Agent Orange related illness (neither of which I anticipate), I watched my father, a 27-year veteran with service in two wars, get screwed over and over again on his retirement benefits.
I have a favor to ask of each of you. Please, read the entire article. If it makes you as angry as it does me, then write (e-mail) your Representative and Senators. If it doesn't anger you, please do not tell me.
Marine Cpl. James Dixon was wounded twice in Iraq -- by a roadside bomb and a land mine. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, a concussion, a dislocated hip and hearing loss. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Army Sgt. Lori Meshell shattered a hip and crushed her back and knees while diving for cover during a mortar attack in Iraq. She has undergone a hip replacement and knee reconstruction and needs at least three more surgeries.
In each case, the Pentagon ruled that their disabilities were not combat-related.