"Talk show hosts like Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh act like they know all about war; then they refuse to give any credence to soldiers like me who have been to war and seen the brutality of war. These guys are nothing but WEAK SPINELESS COWARDS hiding behind microphones while soldiers come home and are losing everything they have."Meanwhile, long before the announced closing of Walter Reed Hospital, my friend Brian had come home from his 1st deployment with an injury that rendered him disabled and having sustained future life threatning complications. Brian's wife is our friend Roberta, who was Cole's soccer coach. His children are Brandon and Rebecca, and he may not live to see either of them graduate high school. At the hospital he got reacquainted with soldiers he'd served alongside with in his military career, some missing limbs, some blinded, at least one completely catatonic. All said the same thing to him, corroborrating the 'deal' offered to them all from our government - the last remaining 'super power' on earth - we'll let you retire now at 20%. These are men & women that, thanks to the Bush administration, will require specialized long term care at a significant expense (to say nothing of the level of care unavailable in places even like Walter Reed) not provided by military medical institutions.
--Spc. Doug Barber, who took his own life Tuesday, after struggling with PTSD for two years
Full Text Of His Letter | Blog: Soldiers telling the Truth about Iraq -- what you wont hear
I stress again that I take personal issue with this as a family member with a sibing and a nephew serving tours of duty in Iraq & Afghanistan RIGHT NOW, and as a resident in a huge military town with numerous friends currently or previously stationed here. If the Bushites want to continue this bullshit, FINE - let them send their own:
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