In 2010, The New York Times uncovered systemic abuse within units meant to help wounded Army soldiers transition through months-and-years-long treatment and rehabilitation. Today, The Colorado Springs Gazette has a profile about one of the soldiers who stood up for Warrior Transition Units back then. The abuses exposed by the Times weren't fixed and Jerrald Jensen ended up becoming a victim himself. After questioning the mistreatment in the system, he was nearly given a less-than-honorable discharge, which would have cost him long-term Veteran's benefits — a pattern that the Gazette has found happening over and over among the most-vulnerable wounded Army men and women who need the most care in order to rehabilitate from their service injuries. The treatment described here is disgusting, all the more so when you compare it to Jensen's service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Exposing this kind of crap is why journalism exists.

11 Responses to “US military continues to abuse and abandon wounded soldiers”

  1. Art says:

    The long situation of mistreatment of our wounded military personnel has enraged me for years.

    It is one of my biggest sore spots regarding any of our governments’ policies. 
    I am continually at a loss to understand how these truly awful injustices could happen to our Vets.

    Thank you for posting this story, Maggie.  Hopefully it can have some impact.

  2. Boundegar says:

    You know those “support our troops” stickers? It’s a ruse.

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

      Like pink cancer anythings.
      Its a feel good thing people do and then think the problem is solved.

      It takes news like this to try and make people aware its still a problem and its going to take hard work to fix it.

      And instead of anything being done about this all of the air in the room is going to if the “Tea Party” got mistreated by the IRS…  while another solider suffers our representatives get awesome medical treatment paid for by us…  Maybe we need to give Congress the plan the soliders get and give the soliders the congress’s plan.

    • benher says:

      Those are so, you know, so we can tell who’s on the red team and who’s on the blue team. “War is hard! Let’s go shopping!”

  3. Rob Knop says:

    It’s OK.  We’ll all eat hot dogs in their honor on Memorial Day in a week.  That’s enough.  No need actually to treat those wounded while serving their country as actual human beings.

    (All this empty patriotism makes me ill.)

    •  All patriotism is basically empty.

      It´s a meme rooted in the lack of empathy and self serving bias.

      • Gulliver says:

        Patriotism is the love of your homeland and the people with whom you share it, a desire to make it a better place, and an ethic of civic responsibility. If you have those values, it doesn’t matter if you call it patriotism. Perhaps you are confusing patriotism with jingoism; and understandable mistake as most jingoists cloak themselves in platitudes and call themselves patriots, but they are nothing of the sort. Whatever the word means to you, don’t assume that is what it means to everyone. For many it is not a meme, it is an ethic.

        The gutless, backstabbing, rear-echelon chairborne-commandos who saw that this soldier was too wounded to go back to the front line they had never been to, and so sold him down the river to cut costs and burnish their own performance reviews, are no patriots.

  4. “Exposing this kind of crap is why journalism exists.”

    and the success of journalism like that is one reason why the claims of conspiracy theorists are not credible. No govt can hide stuff for long. All it takes is one slipup

    • retepslluerb says:

      I dunno. Governments seem to be able to hide stuff for long enough. Often it’s sufficient to keep it hidden until the next government in power. The old one’s not really accountable anymore and the current one says it’s not their fault, while cooking up their own hidden projects.

      Though the very best conspiracies are in the open and make us of the general public and the press. See, for example, the invasion of Iraq. 

  5. teapot says:

    Solution: Be smart and don’t join the military.

    The military is a fucking joke as is the notion that being a soldier is honorable national service. Paying soldiers and funding military purchases is a big fat waste of taxpayers’ money. All that and they’ll burn you out and treat you like shit.

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