Editor, Veterans, did you know when Congress passed legislation to provide care-giver assistance to our nation’s most severely disabled warriors they instituted willful discrimination the likes of which haven’t been seen since the oppressive days of Jim Crowe laws.
The legislation our President signed into law states, “‘‘(2) For purposes of this subsection, an eligible veteran is any individual who— ‘‘(B) has a serious injury (including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, or other mental disorder) incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service on or after September 11, 2001; and…”
This means if you were the 30 percent severely disabled post 9/11 go to the front of the bus. If you were part of the 70 percent severely disabled before 9/11, go to the back of the bus, sit down, and shut up.
The sailor severely disabled when the USS Cole was attacked Oct 2000, and all those before, with the exact same disabilities as a sailor wounded post 9/11 have to languish without care-giver assistance.
When this was recently brought to the attention of Senator Isakson in a public forum he replied “Who told you that?”
On one hand our Congress goes to great lengths to pass laws to prevent discrimination then wave the flag, beat the drums, sound the chorus of support for wounded warriors, before voting to deny these heroes the intervention they so desperately need.
Or perhaps this is just another case of passing legislation before knowing what’s in it?
Either way this injustice needs correcting.
—Bruce A. McCartney
Trade Hill Community