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Original post made by Wayne, Dublin, on Apr 14, 2010

There is seriously something wrong with how we treat our wounded. For all of you who proselytize the grandiose nature of our empire building ways you should be honest with yourselves about the real human cost. It is because of reasons such as these I no longer pledge my allegiance. It is a personal choice and each time I stand silent; I feel more free...

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In gruesome detail, Luther described what happened to him at Camp Taji's aid station. He thought he would receive medical care. Instead he was confined to an isolation chamber and held there for over a month, under enforced sleep deprivation, until he agreed to sign papers saying that he was ill before coming to Iraq and thus not eligible for disability and medical benefits. "They wanted me to say I had a 'personality disorder,'" Luther told me.

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After a month, Luther was willing to sign anything — and did. Soon after he signed his name to a personality disorder discharge, he was whisked back to Fort Hood and informed about a PD discharge's disastrous consequences. No disability pay, no long-term medical care, and because he didn't serve out his contract, he'd have to pay back a portion of his signing bonus. "They told me I now owed the Army $1,500."

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

Wayne -- This story knocked me off my feet. This is our own government, literally harming the thousands of men and women who put themselves in danger to protect this very same government. Sickens me to the core.

Thank you for sharing, and I will spread this story among my friends and family as well.


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