"Insult to Injury
New data reveal an alarming trend: Vets' disabilities are being downgraded
By Linda Robinson
In the middle of a battle in Fallujah in April 2004, an M80 grenade
landed a foot away from Fred Ball. The blast threw the 26-year-old
Marine sergeant 10 feet into the air and sent a piece of hot shrapnel
into his right temple. Once his wound was patched up, Ball insisted on
rejoining his men. For the next three months, he continued to go on
raids, then returned to Camp Pendleton, Calif.
But Ball was not all right. Military doctors concluded that Ball was
suffering from a traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), chronic headaches, and balance problems. Ball, who had a 3.5
grade-point average in high school, was found to have a
sixth-grade-level learning capability. In January of last year, the
Marine Corps found him unfit for duty but not disabled enough to receive
full permanent disability retirement benefits and discharged him. ..."
*GW talks the talk, but he sure doesn't walk the walk.
*Yeah, we know. This is another case of GW not being responsible. It
was the one-armed man, right?
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