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|Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:13 am Post subject: Our Fallen Heroes No One Seems To Be Listening 12/12/06
From Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:00 am to Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:59 am (included)
One of our readers just sent this back to us. It is a posting from our website dated 12/12/06.
We are pleased to let everyone know that thanks to the efforts of Don Imus and others the money was raised privately and this state of the art facility was opened in San Antonio.
Unfortunately as everyone knows from the recent news articles not one of the other recommendations from this posting were even considered.
We continue to throw good money after bad and neglect the needs of those who are putting their lives on the line every day.
Can you imagine if all of those running for office contributed 10% of the money they raised for their campaigns?
Even that amount would go a long way in addressing these issues.
But that will never happen and we will also never try to collect from companies that don't deliver.
Unfortunately that's just the way it is.
Below please find information about a very noble fund. It is beyond belief that they have not been able to get any funding from the government for this cause. Even Halliburton a company that has probably made more than any other off this war has yet to contribute. Also find a portion of a letter that was sent to our elected officials back on 7/21/05. Of course we never got a response.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Your Help is Needed
We approve millions in military spending to rebuild Iraq while our critically injured soldiers get substandard treatment and medical facilities here at home.
As you know a bill was passed that upped the death benefits for the military from $12,500 to $100,000 and also increased maximum life insurance payouts from $250,000 to $400,000. While these changes are welcome and long overdue we should not discontinue our efforts because they unfortunately are not good enough. Most soldiers will not be able to afford the higher insurance premiums on their salaries so their families will never see the $400,000 in the event of their deaths. Also even though the bill does address some of the needs of critically injured soldiers with payments of up to $100,000 it still falls short in many areas.
You would think that since this was part of a 5th emergency spending package worth $82 billion and pushing the total cost off the emergency spending bills to over $300,000 billion that they would have found some additional ways to compensate our troops. A couple of common sense recommendations:
Increase the death benefit to $250,000 or have the Government pay the premiums on a $250,000 policy for each soldier that goes into combat. The soldiers would then decide if they would want to pay for additional coverage.
Assure that any widow or widower is not forced of a military base after the death of their spouse in combat as has been the case in the past.
Pass a measure that would allow hospitalized military personnel to have their long distance phone bills from any hospital billed to the office of the Senator or Congressman from their home state.
Make sure that a percentage of every dollar spent rebuilding structures in war areas goes to improvements on existing military hospitals. As part of this package we are spending $600 Million to build an embassy in Baghdad. While I am sure this is necessary I am also sure we could build a fine embassy for $450 Million and use the remaining $150 Million (25%) to upgrade facilities at Walter Reed or one of the other Military Hospitals.
This bill also includes money for armored vehicles and bullet proof vests. I am not saying these are not important but has the government taken any action to recoup the money spent on the faulty vests and armored vehicles that have contributed to the deaths of many soldiers. Where is the accountability? I may be wrong but I never heard of any of these companies being held responsible. They keep the money we pay them and we just keep giving them more even if they donít deliver. Soldiers die and we keep paying these companies. Someone has to make sure these companies are held accountable. How about starting with the bullet proof vests that didnít stop the bullets? Maybe we could set up scholarship funds for children of soldiers killed in action from the monies we recoup. These companies should also be denied further contracts if they are found to be responsible for supplying faulty products.
Its common sense. The long term needs of the injured soldiers need to be addressed and could also be assisted from the monies we save from the above recommendations.