Hey, could you redirect your attention from American Idol, folks, and give just a wee bit of thought to this? And by the way, Sheeple, Republicans and Democrats alike, keep in mind that THIS writer coulda shoulda been our next president.
But race and gender are FAR more entertaining to you, huh? Kinda like a game show.
The disgust I feel with ALL of it is simply ineffable. And that disgust extends to every, single, one of you so-called Democrats who believes that "hope" and "change" are anything more than simple, emotional-touchpoint, words.
I have a bulletin for you all. The following words are R-E-A-L-I-T-Y:
John Edwards LTTE in the New York Times
April 8, 2008
Broken Soldiers, and a Broken System
To the Editor:
In “For Wounded Veterans and Their Families, a Journey Without Maps” (Editorial Observer, March 24), Lawrence Downes missed an important opportunity to explain why both the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are unprepared to care for the service members who have been hurt in the Iraq war.
The reason is that the frequently reported number of the wounded in action (29,320 as of March 1) does not include everyone who’s been hurt.
The complete number of nonfatal casualties in Iraq is 60,645. Most assume the wounded number includes all, but it does not. It leaves out another 8,273 injured and 23,052 who became ill and required medical air transport from the war zone. The Department of Defense releases two reports: one with the weekly numbers of those wounded and killed, and then another monthly report with the complete numbers. After five years, it is time for respected news organizations to use the complete number.
The public needs this information so that we can better prepare for the care of all of our veterans from this war and others. The struggle for them and their families your article addressed is happening all across this country. Nearly 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have already sought care from the V.A.
The system is broken. That is why so many veterans are still fighting for the care they earned. That is why their families struggle with paperwork and months of delay. And that is why 154,000 veterans sleep on grates or under bridges every night.
We have tens of thousands set to come home, and we aren’t prepared. Every day we should honor the more than 4,000 lives lost: every suicide, bullet or serious accident.
And every day we should honor those who have been hurt. That number is 60,645 and rising.
Chapel Hill, N.C., March 31, 2008
The writer is the former presidential candidate and former senator from North Carolina.
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