"Wounded warriors face home-front battle with VA" CNN

#1
www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/11/15/wounded.marine/index.html

WASHINGTON, Illinois (CNN) -- Ty Ziegel peers from beneath his Marine Corps baseball cap, his once boyish face burned beyond recognition by a suicide bomber's attack in Iraq just three days before Christmas 2004.

Ty Ziegel, a Marine, was badly wounded in Iraq. He battled the VA over disability benefits when he returned.

He lost part of his skull in the blast and part of his brain was damaged. Half of his left arm was amputated and some of the fingers were blown off his right hand.

Ziegel, a 25-year-old Marine sergeant, knew the dangers of war when he was deployed for his second tour in Iraq.

But he didn't expect a new battle when he returned home as a wounded warrior: a fight with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Sometimes, you get lost in the system," he told CNN. "I feel like a Social Security number. I don't feel like Tyler Ziegel."

His story is one example of how medical advances in the battlefield have outpaced the home front. Many wounded veterans return home feeling that the VA system, specifically its 62-year-old disability ratings system, has failed them.
It saddens me to hear that not only are UK service personnel getting neglected by HMG, but wounded US service personnel are getting a bad deal from Bush and his cronies. :cry:
 
#2
This is the kind of story that really gets to me. It has gone on for years, I can remember reading a similar story back during the Lyndon Johnson administration about a similar vet from Vietnam. I read that story then with tears streaming down my face and don't feel too different now.
One bright note though. About 5 weeks ago Bush sihtcanned (sorrry, "accepted the resignation of") VA Secretary Nicholson and replaced him with Gordon Mansfield. Mr Mansfied is a disabled veteran himself, having received a spinal cord injury during his second tour in Vietnam. Hopefully he will make some major changes.

By the way, I still remember the details of the vet back in LBJ's day. He was a man with no face and wanted surgery so he could have a mouth again and the VA turned this down as a "Cosmetic Procedure" FFS. When it hit the national news a few heads rolled at the VA. Oh yeah, he did get his surgery.
 
#3
Despite having a specialist Veterans Affairs department, it seems that the US can't get it right.

The people in charge of reviewing the cases appear are beaureacrat's, with little interest in the people the are supposed to serve.

Marine Sgt Ty Ziegal was told by these pen pushers that he didn't have any traumatic brain or head injury. This man lost part of his skull, had brain damage and lost the sight in one of his eyes. No traumatic brain injury? They've got to be kidding, right? 8O

It seems that if the richest country in the world can't get it right, what chance for those of our wounded Armed Forces getting their just compensation in the UK? :x
 
#4
I do think that this is sort of thing is in the minority in the U.S... if you flip to the otherside of the coin, have a look at how many of their lads are taken care of properly. I'm not going to try list their accolades when it comes to looking after their lads, because the exercise would be pointless... they have 50 good points for every 1 of our bad points!

At least their public kick off a huge stink when this sort of thing happens. And generally speaking it gets sorted. We've seen that time to time, even old George Bush seems to kick peoples arrses into gear when this sort of thing happens. (remember the dirty hospitals... that was sorted pronto and heads rolled for that)

Compare that to our country... F*ck man! We get some ill educated arabs who come into the hospital and abuse our lads, then have society which is more intent on protecting is freedom of speech than it is on ensuring the safety of our injured troop. The public couldn't give a continental and what's more is that our elected government couldn't give a flying f*ck about the services in general, let alone the men and woman. We're taken for granted.....

A good message would be.....Take General Dannats advice for once... or I'm afraid or our Britain will be left with Armed Forces full of all the dross-of human society and led by the kind of Officers who are only in the Army because they couldn't achieve anything else in life!
 
#5
ICShiiteJobs said:
I do think that this is sort of thing is in the minority in the U.S... if you flip to the otherside of the coin, have a look at how many of their lads are taken care of properly. I'm not going to try list their accolades when it comes to looking after their lads, because the exercise would be pointless... they have 50 good points for every 1 of our bad points!

At least their public kick off a huge stink when this sort of thing happens. And generally speaking it gets sorted. We've seen that time to time, even old George Bush seems to kick peoples arrses into gear when this sort of thing happens. (remember the dirty hospitals... that was sorted pronto and heads rolled for that)

Compare that to our country... F*ck man! We get some ill educated arabs who come into the hospital and abuse our lads, then have society which is more intent on protecting is freedom of speech than it is on ensuring the safety of our injured troop. The public couldn't give a continental and what's more is that our elected government couldn't give a flying f*ck about the services in general, let alone the men and woman. We're taken for granted.....

A good message would be.....Take General Dannats advice for once... or I'm afraid or our Britain will be left with Armed Forces full of all the dross-of human society and led by the kind of Officers who are only in the Army because they couldn't achieve anything else in life!
You're points are taken and agreed with 100%. :D
 
#6
reading my post back... i must have been really pissed off at the time of writing! Since then we've has Brown trying to tell us to compete for funds and also some bint telling our lads not to swim in here public pool.... Only the big man upstairs knows how long Britain can carry on like this....
 

Similar threads

New Posts

Latest Threads

Top