Monday, July 11, 2005

U.S. Troops May Withdraw in 2006

Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. may begin withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2006.

George Washington advised us of our responsibility to those who serve our country. He said:
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive how the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."

The Denver Post recently reported that the Veterans Administration is woefully underfunded to meet the needs of current casualties:
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - blasted by Congress last week for underestimating the cost of veterans' health care by as much as $2.7 billion through 2006 - faces growing patient loads and stretched services as troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

About 103,000 veterans from the wars will have used VA medical care by the end of September - four times what the agency predicted when it budgeted for 2005. And with about 145,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq and 16,700 in Afghanistan, thousands more veterans can be expected to need medical care.

4 comments:

Marty said...

Lt. Paul Rieckhoff, an Iraq War Veteran, founded the non-partisan veterans organization "Operation Truth" in June 2004. Soldiers telling their stories in their own words. For a wealth of information on Veterans issues and for information on important issues currently facing our troops go to: http://www.optruth.org//main.cfm

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Here's the link.

grandma1 said...

VA is setup to drive you away. It takes 6 to 8 months to get an appointment and by that time they have chanaged your appointment and doctor several times. No body reads files. The doctor does not want to know what medication you are taking. They will write you a perscription for just what they want you to have and don't confuse them with what it might conflict with what you are already taking. Your father wound up in a private hospital because of this it could have been fatal. They were giving him high blood presure medication that he did not need because they had never check to see if he needed it. That was 5 years ago and he hasn't need high blood presure medication since. I have so much trouble convincing your father that he doesn't need to see anyone at the VA. He was sooo promised lifetime medical care when he joined the Marines in 1948 that he can't believe it isn't there now. I am terrified that the promise of Social Security and Medicare won't be there any more. The new information in AARP on the cost of the new drug benefit is scarey. Thank heavens we don't need it at the present time. AARP was warning people that if they get help with perscription drugs they may cut there food stamps. Thank heavens we don't need either one at this time. If they cut our
Social Security we might. We are still trying to find doctors that will take medicare. It may cost us $350.00 a month to have medical coverage but I will pay that before I let your father go back to the VA.

Marty said...

My son posted this to "What are we fighting for"..I'm not sure if anyone is still reading that post so I've taken the liberty to put his comments here..I am sure he won't mind. I feel his comments need to be repeated.

To ALL,


I was asked to come read this forum. I have been to Iraq, 15 months to be exact. I rolled into Baghdad while vehicles were still burning from the push by 3rd Infantry Division. I was extended twice and was there during the uprising by Al Sadr.

I tried to read the entire thread but I've lived the arguments you all are fighting from the saftey of your computer screens.

I'll sum it up in one thought. I joined because I wanted to be a part of a fight I felt was just. Almost 4 years later and my 15 months in Iraq. I can safely say we have done nothing but make the world a much dangerous place then it was. We have given the "enemy" a much more larger reason to fight.

As to the agrument of staying or pulling out. I have no solution and to be honest I don't think there realy is a viable one. After many conversations with Iraqies and seeing first hand thru untainted eyes what is happening in that country. I sometimes feel maybe we are the "terrorists" fighting for global ambitions.

Every great empire has colapsed when it's desires and ambitions out stretched it's ability to govern thru Military power. Maybe what we are seeing is the start of our own downfall from our desire to push our ideas on foreign countries. Just like the Romans, we have strecthed our Military to thin to protect our ambitions. Our Enemy sees this and he is determined to slowly drain us.

There are two sides to every story, the hard truth is who is realy the victim and the perpetrator. Maybe thats the question you should all be asking.

ccsykes

5:56 PM