Do You Support The Troops?

Benefits earned in an employment contract are denied based on ‘misbehavior’ by war-fighters whose fulfilled delivery on their end of the bargain leaves them with medical problems that will haunt them the rest of their lives, and the United Stated government is playing deceitful and corrupt games to find excuses for not fulfilling their end of the bargain when the wounded warrior needs the benefits they are guaranteed in their employment contract with the U.S. government.  It’s happening all the time and every day in the U.S. military, and some of us have seen it and even personally experienced it and know for a fact it is being ignored.  Even if someone who has already served in combat and sustained injuries for which they will need ongoing medical care were to commit a heinous crime afterword, that still would not negate the fact that the given war-fighter in question had already fulfilled his/her responsibility and earned said ongoing medical attention regardless of any ‘misbehavior’ or even criminal conduct.  You either earn your benefits or you don’t, and no amount of ‘misbehavior’ negates the fact that a given service-member has earned their contractually agreed compensation of medical care for employment-related medical conditions.  Isn’t it financially convenient that the military would use ‘misbehavior’ by those who have already served in war as an excuse to deny care to those who have earned it?  Shame on the U.S. government – shame on those in the military who allow this – and shame on the American people who claim to support the troops but don’t hold the troops’ employer accountable for such corrupt and inhumane conduct.

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It’s a dirty little trick the Army pulls in which the leadership is complicit, and it culminates in what becomes the fight of a lifetime to simply get the agreed compensation owed by the U.S. government via employment contract for warriors who have already upheld their end of the bargain at the risk of life and limb. It is a very real problem – all too real for those families whose soldier eventually gave up fighting for what they had already earned and ended their own life. For all those who say you support the troops, maybe you’d be interested to know that the military leadership doesn’t; and maybe you’re a hypocrite when you say you support the troops, yet turn a blind eye to what the military does to the troops you claim to support. These two following stories are on the mark, and it’s about high time it got some real attention from the American public. If you claim to support the troops but aren’t outraged by the facts of what the U.S. government is doing to its’ own war-fighters, maybe you should re-evaluate your understanding of what’s going on. Both of these stories are well worth the time it takes to read them, and those of us who have been through it can vouch as to their accurate portrayal of the problem. I, for one, think it’s about damn time that we dispense with the empty platitudes and worn-out cliches and have reality-based discussions about the problems we’re facing with these unconstitutional debt-creating and imperial wars of aggression as well as the toll it’s taking on the people who fight them; and, how it’s all being swept under the rug by the U.S. government and the reality drowned out by a lemming-like American public that ignores reality in the collective flag-waving phoniness, yellow-ribbon naivety, and bumper sticker over-simplification indicative of the modern American empire at war.

I don’t normally write a blog just to link to other pieces written by other people, but the following two links help tell a story that I believe every American needs to know about.  Please take the time to read the entirety of both of these pieces, and thank you to everyone who cares enough to do so.

Again, in the words of our derelict commander-in-chief, “let me be clear:”  My position is that even if a service-member goes on to commit an actual crime for which punishment is unarguably appropriate, it does not and should not disqualify that same service-member from receiving their compensation for services already rendered.  Even Charles Manson gets medical care if it is required during his imprisonment, and it leaves no excuse why the U.S. military would not give at least as much medical care to those who count on the U.S. government to honor its’ commitment when we put our lives on the line in military service, regardless of what ‘misbehavior’ of which we might otherwise also be guilty.  Take it from one medically retired veteran who spent the last year and a half of my time in the military fighting for my own life in spite of what the leadership tried to do to me – the U.S. military is taking advantage of the public’s gullibility and apathy to shirk their responsibilities to our wounded, and they might as well be literally getting away with murder.  A soldier’s unfortunate actions (which often may have much to do with issues with which they’re struggling as a result of their service) should never forfeit their right to the medical care and benefits they’re earned otherwise.  Do you support the troops?


20131111-211554.jpg  A.G. (BRICK) House is an Afghanistan war veteran and former licensed minister (UPCI), who has become an outspoken skeptic, peace advocate, and involved himself in many other issues which he believes affect the individual freedoms of the people whose constitutional rights he took an oath to defend.  He currently resides in the heart of Tennessee with his companion dog ‘Liberty,’ where he is recovering from PTSD, enjoys the therapeutic hobbies of gardening, creative writing, playing drums in the heavy metal band Outlaw Serenade other forms of artistic expression.   \m/