November 28, 2010

In the Arms of the Angels-XBradTC
— Open Blogger

When an American soldier is badly wounded or injured in Afghanistan or Iraq, our nation will move heaven and earth to ensure they receive the best treatment possible. An entire infrastructure has been built to give that wounded soldier every advantage in the fight for his life.

The Washington Post has a moving in-depth article showing what the journey from battlefield to definitive hospital is like, and shows the men and women who dedicate themselves to providing care and comfort to our Wounded Warriors.

Found at the indispensible War News Updates.

Crossposted at my place.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 02:02 PM | Comments (21)
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1 First!

Read Michael Yon's dispatches.  Just as good.

Posted by: Sent-From-My-Commodore 64 at November 28, 2010 02:16 PM (4sQwu)

2
and yet there was Walter Reed...

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at November 28, 2010 02:17 PM (IgP15)

3 Interesting that the story is filed under a series called "Obama's War," which only refers to Afghanistan/Pokeestahn, not Iraq.

Interesting.

Posted by: logprof at November 28, 2010 02:18 PM (BP6Z1)

4 Nice juxtaposition with Drudge's latest headline "Pentagon considers healthcare fee increase for military."

Posted by: Peaches at November 28, 2010 02:21 PM (zxpIo)

5 Peaches, I hadn't noticed that. But there's a huge difference between the casualty evacuation and treatment pipeline, and the Tri-Care contracted system that is primarily concerned with treating family members and retirees.

Posted by: XBradTC at November 28, 2010 02:23 PM (FDK4b)

6 Our household doesn't have much to donate, but we always manage to give to pva.org

Posted by: Ed Anger at November 28, 2010 02:27 PM (7+pP9)

7 I know, Brad, and your post is great.  It just irks me to think about the government doling shit out to all the slackers and illegals in this country and now they're trying to cut down on salaries and benefits for the military. 

Posted by: Peaches at November 28, 2010 02:31 PM (zxpIo)

8 My son is a PJ- Pararescueman in the Air Force. He flies on the Pedros- the H-60s that pick up the casualties at the point of injury. Those guys are really earing their paychecks.

Posted by: Brian at November 28, 2010 02:34 PM (3lz+b)

9 Peaches - Word!

Posted by: Journolist at November 28, 2010 02:35 PM (LwLqV)

10 Brian, tell your son how thankful we are for him. He's in that small slice of the Air Force I never make fun of.

Posted by: XBradTC at November 28, 2010 02:36 PM (FDK4b)

11 Brian--the country owes people like your son a large debt of gratitude--you may not be getting any positive feedback from the elites in the administration--but there are a lot of country class real people that are so grateful for men and women like your son. God bless him and keep him safe.

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 28, 2010 02:50 PM (8nf3A)

12 My son is a PJ- Pararescueman in the Air Force. He flies on the Pedros- the H-60s that pick up the casualties at the point of injury. Those guys are really earing their paychecks. Posted by: Brian at November 28, 2010 07:34 PM

They're earning more than that! Unfortunately, our gratitude and the gratitude of the soldiers they save (plus, of course, their own ideals of service) will have to do until President Peaches (comment #7) straightens things out and our military "angels" are properly rewarded.

Posted by: MrScribbler at November 28, 2010 02:53 PM (Ulu3i)

13 Beautiful song. Very rough but very beautiful.

Posted by: ErikW at November 28, 2010 02:54 PM (ZotOi)

14 this song always gets to me.

Posted by: Racefan at November 28, 2010 03:18 PM (TfPMt)

15 "and yet there was Walter Reed..."

Don't get me started.  I had my head blown about half off in Iraq and spent the best part of a year full time at Walter Reed, and off and on for a couple more years..  In 2004-2006.  The guys who did that "expose" interviewed me.  For about 5 minutes.  When they heard me praise the quality of care I received and the people who were taking care of me, they were no longer interested.


Posted by: Mike at November 28, 2010 03:25 PM (iI+bW)

16 well Mike, there are people out here that do care........... the Morons here and myself thank you for everything you have done for all of us.

Posted by: Racefan at November 28, 2010 03:41 PM (TfPMt)

17 Nice juxtaposition with Drudge's latest headline "Pentagon considers healthcare fee increase for military."

Posted by: Peaches at November 28, 2010 07:21 PM (zxpIo)

The Pentagon has been making that recommendation every year now for quite a few years. Congress has always said no. The Pentagon cannot raise any fees without Congress' approval.

Posted by: Bill R. at November 28, 2010 04:34 PM (EhlQq)

18

I'm proud to say I have several of those heaven-and-earth movers in my family.  My cousin is an Army surgeon, in Iraq right now.  My brother-in-law is a trauma nurse.  He ran an airplane hospital (don't know the real term) which brought the wounded to Germany to be stabilized before going home.  In all, he did four tours--was forced out of retirement for his last tour.  And my uncle was a M*A*S*H surgeon in Korea, then commander of  the field hospitals in Vietnam.

The problem is, once our wounded are discharged, they often have to fight once more for the benefits they've earned.  THAT is what I find nauseating.

Posted by: Taxpayer at November 28, 2010 07:30 PM (NpmCe)

19 i've always been proud of  our nation... just one more example of why we excel...
great post xb

Posted by: j2 at November 28, 2010 09:18 PM (DCdSz)

20 We wouldn't have so many of our guys getting hurt if we were actually fighting to win. 

Why, after almost 10 years, is the enemy still alive in these places?


Posted by: Lee Reynolds at November 29, 2010 05:12 AM (/gY4D)

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Posted by: Ray Ban at April 07, 2011 11:20 PM (3Owj8)

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