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Re: word from Iraq

Coincidentally, my local newspaper carried a front page story on that very
subject.  A local man who was an Army Ranger until 2000, joined the active
reserve and then was one of the first activated when the war began in Iraq.
After the war "ended" this sergeant, an EPW specialist was then sent to Cuba
to guard Taliban prisoners.  There he contracted a staph infection which was
aggravated by the 16 hr shifts.  Doctors there performed surgery in mid-July
to clean it out, but weren't able to do enough so he was set to be shipped
out for treatment at a regular Army hospital, but because of security
measures he didn't get out til September.  He was sent to a Naval base in FL
that refused to treat him, so he waited another week to get to an Army
hospital.  Then he was sent to Indiana, which then sent him on to Fort Knox.

Because of all the delays, the staph infection was by then eating away at
the bone of his leg and he was fed up and requested a civilian doctor.  So
the Army put him on antibiotics for 2 wks and then discharged him.  Within
24hrs of arriving home in Ft Wayne, he'd seen a dr and had his first
surgery.  Then 2 more operations.  But it was too late to save his leg.

The article says he isn't angry about it. (I certainly would be), but goes
on to say, "If there's anything that does anger him, though, is that there
are plenty of soldiers coming back from various parts of the world...who are
injured, and no one seems to know.
"When soldiers die, it's reported.  People know their names.  They cover the
funerals.  ...the stories frequently contain a dangling sentence at the end.
'One other soldier was injured,' or something like that, nothing more....he
had a buddy  who ended up paralyzed.  'You don't hear about them.' "

One of my big concerns for my nephew is equipment shortage.  Some time back
I read an article about the flack jackets they are given to wear over there.
Many are of an old style that simply don't stop the new types of bullets
being used by the enemy.  Some that have the new jackets, have empty pockets
that are supposed to hold the plates that stop the bullets.  Parents are
buying the jackets and plates here and sending them to their kids.


 ----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2004 5:22 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] word from Iraq

> Every situation is different, I'm sure with 10's of thousand soldiers over
> there, not everyone can live in a prince's bed....although it probably
> for a few.  One just doesn't and probably can't hear it all.
> Just like that one hears of those that are killed in Iraq, but little is
> mentioned of the many many more that are wounded so badly that they are
brought to
> Germany, and if bad enough back to the states to the military hospitals.
> BAMC hospital, one of the largest military hospitals in the US, located in
> Antonio, has the number one burn unit for the military.  They are filled
> capacity....to the point where those patients that can actually walk or
get around
> in some fashion are housed in baracks on post, and the military even
rented a
> civilian hotel close to the hospital for these as well.  Every day
> that are in the military hospitals die from wounds sustained in
Iraq....but one
> doesn't hear about these.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 1/31/2004 9:50:23 AM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> My sister just gave me the latest on my nephew (who just turned 19 last
> month).  I mention it because the bits and pieces I've seen in newspapers
> show soldiers sleeping in prince's beds and playing basketball in fancy
> ballrooms of castles.  This is what it's really like:
> "Sam is no longer living in an unused ammo bunker.  His permanent billet
> a former dining facility that's being renovated.  He has electricity and
> porta potties.  The showers are a mile down the road.  Apparently they
> to install bathroom facilities later.
> One cool thing:  MCI provides free long distance 24/7 for servicemen in
> Iraq.  Sometimes the lines are long but it surely makes communication
> easier."
> Kitty
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