“Support our troops”? How about LISTENING TO THEM?

Tomgram: William Astore, Six Vows to Support Our Troops
Posted by William Astore at 4:10pm, February 20, 2011.

Last year, in a joint investigation Propublica and National Public Radio reported that “[t]he military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems.”

This year, the city of Clarksville, Tennessee, decided to relax restrictions on outdoor signage for those wishing to post banners in support of troops returning to nearby Fort Campbell from deployments overseas. Mayor Kim McMillan told a local television station, “We had a number of individuals that wanted to display banners that really honor our soldiers, those that are out protecting our freedoms every day. We really wanted to make sure they could do that without having to deal with those [restrictions].” It will cost $25 for a banner permit.

Last week, the Washington Post reported: “Nine months after President Obama authorized a broad expansion of benefits for those caring for service members severely wounded in the nation’s two current wars, none of the assistance has materialized and it is caught up in a bureaucratic tangle that could shrink the number of families eligible for the help.”

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