"I want to be very clear that my strategy for ending the war in Iraq does not end with military plans or diplomatic agendas - it endures through our commitment to uphold our sacred trust with every man and woman who has served in Iraq." - President Obama; Feb. 27, 2009How does one square that statement, with this story about the President's plan to charge wounded soldiers for treatment?
The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!"This is outrageous. This is NOT a conservative/liberal issue. This is a matter of honoring the service of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. We at the very least should treat the wounds and injuries that our veterans receive in the line of duty. I am appalled that the President would be so callous as to try and plug a budget hole by charging veterans for treatment when we're throwing billions of dollars at failed companies.
I want someone - anyone - in Congress to introduce a bill to prevent this.
The result of this policy switch would also increase insurance premiums for every veteran and probably all Americans. These types of wounds and injuries are not easy to treat and often take years to fully recover - if ever. Insurance companies are not likely to absorb those costs without rate increases.
With this policy President Obama has shirked the nation's commitment to our veterans. I am disgusted that my Commander-in-Chief can look our troops in the eye and give his word to honor their sacrifice and then ask them to pay for their own treatment.