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Sunday, November 18, 2007

I Hope Our Government and President Bush Are Happy - Please Read This!

Let's forget the awful debate about whether or not the troops should have gone over to Iraq in the first place. Let us look past why they were sent over and let us go beyond the debate on whether they should stay.

For just a few moments, bear with me and let us pay honor to those men and women who are doing their job. They are serving their country. They are doing what President Bush and the Republicans want them to be doing. Even if some of them disagree, these solidiers lay down their lives every day.

The picture above is that of Ty Ziegel a 25-year-old Marine sergeant. He was wounded by a suicide bomber in Iraq. His injuries were extensive. He gave his all for his country doing exactly what President Bush ordered him to do.

The following excerpt is from

"Ziegel spent nearly two years recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. Once he got out of the hospital, he was unable to hold a job. He anticipated receiving a monthly VA disability check sufficient to cover his small-town lifestyle in Washington, Illinois.

Instead, he got a check for far less than expected. After pressing for answers, Ziegel finally received a letter from the VA that rated his injuries: 80 percent for facial disfigurement, 60 percent for left arm amputation, a mere 10 percent for head trauma and nothing for his left lobe brain injury, right eye blindness and jaw fracture."

So this soldier who was injured doing what President Bush ordered him to do was injured and cannot hold down a job and now is not going to get the support after the war that he needs to live and have a full life.

And this case is not the only example of how the VA tries to rip off our soliders and give them shitty care after they have sacrficed their health, their bodies and in some cases their lives for the military. Their bodies are wounded in nations overseas and yet we cant provide care when they return???

President Bush and the VA should be ashamed! Check out this story below for other examples:

Wounded Warriors

If President Bush and Congress are not going to immediately step in and effect some change then our troops should be withdrawn immediately from Iraq and Afghanistan. Because apparently if the bodies of our troops are wounded overseas, we bring them back to the United States to kill their soul...


  • At 10:15 PM, Blogger Ktarra said…

    Yea I have heard stories like this and I just pray that our brother never faces this problem. The VA and our entire government not just the President should be ashamed for not stepping up and helping the veterans that this is happening to!

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    I absolutely agree sis - it is shameful that our whole government is not doing more

  • At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Tony said…

    Hey Matt...keep up the good posts! We need to hold all our politicians accountable...not just President Bush. I don't know who I'm going to support in the upcoming election. Why is it so hard to say enough is enough and just bring home the soldiers! They are willing to spend billions upon billions for the war...they should spend another billion helping soldiers like this!

  • At 10:22 AM, Anonymous kyle said…

    matt - thank you for this and your other posts... always eye opening.

    what the system is doing is reprehensible...

  • At 5:09 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    I agree - we need to support our troops..not only overseas but when they come home as well!!!!!

  • At 9:04 PM, Blogger savante said…


  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger Matthew said…

    yeah - OMG is right!


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