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Billing War Veterans for Service Related Injuries

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Army vet billed $3,000 for war wounds

Erik Roberts, an Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq, underwent his 13th surgery recently to save his right leg from amputation. Imagine his shock when he got a bill for $3,000 for his treatment.

“I just thought it was bull—- that I’m getting billed for being wounded in Iraq doing my job. I always put the mission first, and now that I was wounded in Iraq, they’re sending me bills,” he said.

“I put my life on the line and I was wounded in combat, and I came back and they’re not going to take care of my medical bills?”

It’s a level of outrage shared by his mother, as well as the doctor who performed the surgery.

“It’s hard to understand why we’re not taking care of guys like Erik whose injuries are clearly related to their service. They deserve the best care of anybody,” said Dr. William Obremskey, an Air Force veteran and surgeon at Vanderbilt Orthopaedics in Nashville, Tennessee.

“For him to be responsible for $3,000, I think, is a little ridiculous or is uncalled for, particularly in this situation.” Full Story

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The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President’s Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

U.S. Bases in Iraq Electrocuting Soldiers

U.S. Troops Killed by Faulty Electrical Systems

Six years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, inspectors are finding the buildings where troops live and work are filled with problems. About one-third of inspected facilities have major electrical deficiencies.

Shoddy wiring ‘everywhere’ on Iraq bases, Army inspector says

Thousands of buildings at U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan have such poorly installed wiring that American troops face life-threatening risks, a top inspector for the Army says.
These wires installed in Iraq are some of the most important to ensure safety. They all need to be replaced.

These wires installed in Iraq are some of the most important to ensure safety. They all need to be replaced.

“It was horrible — some of the worst electrical work I’ve ever seen,” said Jim Childs, a master electrician and the top civilian expert in an Army safety survey. Childs told CNN that “with the buildings the way they are, we’re playing Russian roulette.”

Childs recently returned from Iraq, where he is taking part in a yearlong review aimed at correcting electrical hazards on U.S. bases. He told CNN that thousands of buildings in Iraq and Afghanistan are so badly wired that troops are at serious risk of death or injury.

He said problems are “everywhere” in Iraq, where 18 U.S. troops have died by electrocution since 2003. All deaths occurred in different circumstances and different locations, but many happened on U.S. bases being managed by various military contractors. The Army has has reopened investigations in at least five cases, according to Pentagon sources.

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KBR Electrocutions in Iraq

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KBR Electrocutions in Iraq

Whistleblower speaks out on KBR electrocutions

Electrocuted soldier’s family seeks sanctions

Lawyers for the family of an electrocuted soldier on Tuesday accused defense contractor KBR Inc. of violating a court-ordered confidentiality agreement by releasing documents to the news media last month.

Company attorneys countered KBR had to defend itself against bad press concerning the deaths of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, 24, of Shaler and 17 others who were electrocuted since the start of the Iraq war in 2003.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer, after hearing arguments from both sides, indicated she will rule on the plaintiff’s motion for sanctions against KBR at a later date.

Attorney Stephen Del Sole told the court that KBR tried to “put their spin on the facts” when company spokeswoman Heather Browne released a “position paper” denying involvement in the electrocutions. He said the paper and an accompanying chart contain misleading information and factual inaccuracies that are contradicted by official records.

Maseth, a Green Beret, died after turning on the water and stepping into his shower at the Radwaniyah Palace Complex in Iraq. His parents, Cheryl Harris and Douglas Maseth, sued KBR, claiming the contractor performed shoddy work and failed to maintain the electrical infrastructure at the estate once owned by Saddam Hussein. Full Story

Grading Obama – So Far, A Big Fat ‘F’

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The First 100 Days

Peacenik Obama Voters – Where are you Now?

Obama Expands War, Slaps Peace Voters

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The Obama Administration has engineered a triple setback for the U.S. peace movement and the millions of Americans who opposed the Bush Administration’s unjust, illegal, immoral wars.

In the last two weeks of February, President Barack Obama — upon whom so many peace supporters had counted to change Washington’s commitment to wars and militarism — delivered these three blows to his antiwar constituency:

1. By ordering 17,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan Feb. 17, President Obama is continuing and expanding George W. Bush’s war. It’s Obama’s war now, and it’s getting much bigger.

2. By declaring Feb. 27 that up to 50,000 U.S. soldiers would remain in Iraq after “combat brigades” departed, President Obama is continuing the war in a country that remains a tragic victim of the Bush Administration’s aggression and which has taken the lives of over a million Iraqi civilians and has made refugees of 4.5 million people.

3. By announcing Feb. 26 that his projected 2010 Pentagon budget was to be even higher than budgets sought by the Bush Administration, President Obama was signaling that his commitment to the U.S. bloated war machine — even at a time of serious economic recession — was not to be questioned.

Whether or not Obama’s actions will revive the peace movement is another matter. Antiwar activism during the election year was minimal. And now that a Democrat is in the White House it may be further reduced, since most peace backers voted for Obama. The movement’s strength will be tested at the demonstrations in Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities on the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war March 21.

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Kucinich: “You can’t be in and out at the same time”

Kucinich: Obama extending war chapter

Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich criticizes President Obama for stretching a chapter of war by relocating troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.

“We must bring a conclusion to this sorry chapter in American history where war was waged under false pretense against an innocent people,” Kucinich said.

President Barack Obama has decided to assign 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan contingents, while laying out plans for a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Congressman Kucinich, however, was critical of the plan.

“Taking troops out of Iraq should not mean more troops available for deployment in other operations,” he said. “You can’t be in and out at the same time.”

Obama plans to keep some 35,000 to 50,000 of the 142,000 troops currently stationed in Iraq in the country after the withdrawal date to advise Iraqi forces, target terror potentials and protect US interests.

The US president did not mention how long the remaining troops would stay in the country.

The Ohio congressman said the White House should “determine at some point to end the occupation, close the bases and bring the troops home.”

“We should immediately bring home American service members and contractors, convene a regional conference to prepare an international peace-keeping force and accelerate Iraq-driven reconstruction,” he concluded.

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