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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Uncle Sam may be using the old "Bait and Switch" technique

I watched the news tonight.... was it ABC (?)... and a very disturbing story came up.

It was the case of an enlisted man who fought in the war in Iraq. During his tour he was decorated often and was severely injured in his last battle foray, receiving the Purple Heart. The was wounded, has many PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome) symptoms, has hearing loss, memory loss.

This brave man entered into the armed forces - not for the 'fringe' benefits - in the swell of patriotism that surged after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Having earned the top military honor the nation can bestow, he was honorablly discharged - on medical grounds - for a personality disorder. By discharging a soldier on this grounds, he is NOT entitled to any veterens benefits: no pension, no medical treatment, no funeral benefits. In fact, he is obligated to pay back his enlistment bonus and some back pay....... HE OWES UNCLE SAME MONEY FOR SERVING IN IRAQ AND BEING INJURED IN BATTLE.

I had never heard of this before..... went on a search and found an article, written by Joshua Kors, appeared in the April 9, 2007 issue 'The Nation' that documented the plight of MANY former soldiers. Considering the fact that all recruits are screened before entering service, common sense dictates that this diagnosis would have prevented them entering in the first place!

No, it would appear that our government is doing the old 'bait and switch' offering one thing and being talked into another. By classifying these former service people in this way, our government saves lots and lots of money! Surprise, surprise! I fail to understand why they could not cut their budgets by stop funding the war (per se) and instead spend money of those who have served in good faith and are now back home without benefits facing official after official washing their hands of the matter, just as Pontius Pilate did millenia earlier.

Here is the link I found to this particular article.

If we are to show kindness to orphans, widows, those in prison and those who are ill, our voices must certainly be heard on an issue such as this. God bless - and heal - those who, in the service of their country. Through your Holy Spirit the us the will to support and help them in the ways which are open to us. Amen.


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