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Monday, February 19, 2007

The shameful treatment of wounded veterans

AT AMERICAblog, John in DC expresses justifiable outrage at how wounded veterans are being treated. He has links to the Washington Post series about conditions at Walter Reed, and "national disgrace" doesn't even begin to describe it.

We just finished with a debate in Congress where the Republicans repeatedly claimed that Democrats do not care about the troops. Yet the GOP Congress and administration have allowed wounded troops to be treated so badly that the mind recoils in abject horror.

Obviously, the first thing Democrats need to do is make sure that proper resources are devoted to Walter Reed and all facilities, and that troops are not left to suffer. Proper medical care must be given to all troops.

Those who became disabled during their service deserve to receive the financial support they earned. This needs to be done now and if the GOP obstructs the effort for political purposes, leadership needs to keep Congress in session 24 hours a day for as long as it takes to get the troops what they need.

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