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Re: Re: A slap at veterans

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Posted by Tom A on November 20, 2002 at 06:03:51 from (

In Reply to: Re: A slap at veterans posted by Maggie/TX on November 20, 2002 at 05:38:44:


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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