Monday, January 22, 2007

DOD Lays Off Case Workers for Injured Troops

Yes sir, I am afraid of you...
Another story you won't see on the evening news, certain to be preempted by the State of the Union Address. This president finds soldiers useful as backdrops or for publicity photos but not important enough to take care of in spite of the promises made by the federal government.
The liar president who crows about supporting the troops has allowed the Department of Defense to lay off numerous case workers which effectively ends a program to assist injured troops. The Army Times writes it up.
Defense Department officials have laid off most of their case workers who help severely injured service members, sources said.

The case workers for the Military Severely Injured Center serve as advocates for wounded service members who have questions or issues related to benefits, financial resources and their successful return to duty or reintegration into civilian life — all forms of support other than medical care.

“They did a fabulous job for these families,” Buckley said. “The kind of work they do for these families who are hanging by a thread ... no other organization helped service members and their families like they did.”

6 comments:

op99 said...

"Why spend a nickel you don't have to on cannon fodder?" is Bush's motto.

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

yep...

MarcLord said...

Some of the best snipers in the world are stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan getting plenty of practice. Someday, they'll come home.

Pandabonium said...

Without case workers it is harder for vets to find out how to get the services they are entitled to, so not only does the government save having to pay the case workers, they save on all those services the injured vets aren't made aware of. Bush sees that a "win-win".

Impeachment now.

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

What Panda said.

op99 said...

Panda, what if a volunteer organization could be funded to perform the functions being vacated by the caseworkers? What if that organization could be staffed by disabled vets who have already been through the process and know the ropes?

Or better yet, what if Congress mandates the function?