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A slap at veterans
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Tom A    Posted 11-20-2002 at 04:09:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
After all the lovey-dovey baloney just last week on Veteran's Day, there's this court ruling.

I *know* that these promises continued to be made as late as the 70s when I was considering joining up. But in the old era, this kind of stuff was even in writing. I just don't understand how the country can break faith like this, and then expect kids to keep signing up, or staying in.

Maggie/TX    Posted 11-20-2002 at 05:38:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
The problem of providing medical care for life to veterans will be solved for the veterans of The Gulf War. See, many of them probably won't be living as long a lives as our previous veterans because of exposure to depleted uranium munitions which were used by our country for the first time in that war. I wonder if *we* are still using that stuff? It is probable, since our DOD won't even admit that it is a serious health hazard, in spite of expert testimony by physicists.

DeadCarp    Posted 11-20-2002 at 07:05:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are a lot of munitions-related hazards out there the gov't doesn't bother mentioning. For example, that fancy new FLIR sphere you see strapped to boats & helicopters? Well the cadmium/strontium ball itself is so radioactive that the contractor hates to hire Americans to assemble it! In fact, when Congress asks how well they work, an inside joke is that they have had "glowing reports"! No discrimination there, just security - ya wouldn't want the job anyway..

Yet despite a deckful of caution stickers, they bolt it onto a boat like a hood ornament and you see some idiots straddling that thing like Buck Rogers, with blissful disregard for their family jewels! But that's why they don't let gate guards carry ammunition for their automatic rifles - some of these people turn in their weapons to the armorer, and they "didn't notice" the bolt was missing? Guards like that might hurt somebody. I know this won't be a popular comment and it's on no senator's agenda but i believe the first priority is recruiting soldiers who are willing to pay attention ------

Here's something else to bear in mind: If you gripe to your Congressman, he'll never see your letter. Washington doesn't pay much attention to individual gripes - and well they shouldn't. They hired an army of pencil-pushers for that. Unless the building's on fire, all the Congressman wants to see is a trend chart - Washington's job is to oversee the welfare of the whole herd.

Tom A    Posted 11-20-2002 at 06:03:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

DU is the best available anti-tank ammunition. It is the only ammo that will reliably defeat advanced armor. This is one of those "risk management" problems of warfare, which is the greater risk to soldiers. On the one hand there is the potential for long term health problems with the DU, on the other there is the short term risk of being out-gunned in a shooting conflict and getting instantly killed, or worse yet getting killed *and* losing a battle/war.

Speaking just for myself, as a retired soldier with family still in uniform, I think the Army's made the right call with this. Alternatives are being developed, but R&D takes years and for right now DU is the safest/best. War is hell, which is why it should be avoided.

So, given that, I think the government owes its vets life-long health care--because there are such risks involved in almost everything they do.


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