DISPOSABLE PEOPLE IN AN UNENDING WAR

After reading this article that my friend David turned me on to, I was initially so stunned that I was at a loss for words, then a feeling of “outrage” came over me.  Those familiar with this Blog will know that it’s theme is about just how “Surrounded” all of our lives have become.  But this story is like none of the other stories.  All I can say is that we surely can do better than this America.

The article for the Daily Beast entitled “The Hero Project”, describes how some of our nation’s beloved Veterans are at the very best being “neglected” with expedient treatments via prescription drugs, and at the very worst, may be victims of systematic addiction and overdose promulgated by the VA itself.

Initial reaction to this idea admittedly will be “that’s a lot BS”, but when you read the article and get down into everything behind it, well it rings of a frightening truth.  And that “switch” of sentiment brings despair, sadness, and down right “anger”, that the primary institution vested with the responsibility of caring for the Veterans who have “put it all on the line” for this great nation (VA Administration), could have anything to do with this sort of thing, it redefines the word “depressing”.VETERANS 3

The tax payers, the family members, and above all the Veterans themselves deserve way better than this. Lord help us all if this is what it has come to here and now.

Here are some quotes from this article;

“Before dawn, a government van picked up paratrooper Jeffrey Waggoner for the five-hour drive to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in southern Oregon. His orders: detox from a brutal addiction to painkillers.

He had only the clothes on his back, his watch, an MP3 player, and a two-page pain contract the army made him sign, a promise to get clean.

But instead of keeping Waggoner away from his vic, medical records show the VA hospital in Roseburg kept him so doped up that he could barely stay awake. Then, inexplicably, the VA released him for the weekend with a cocktail of 19 prescription medications, including 12 tablets of highly addictive oxycodone.

Three hours later, Waggoner, 32, was dead of a drug overdose, slumped in a heap in front of his room at the Sleep Inn motel.”

And, “Waggoner was among the victims of the VA prescription epidemic.

 Unemployed and newly divorced, he had joined the army for a fresh start in 2006. After a rocket-propelled grenade blast in Afghanistan sent shockwaves through his six-foot frame, though, he got hooked on government-issued painkillers; mentally, he never recovered.

 Waggoner told a nurse at the Roseburg VA hospital that he suffered from severe flashbacks that made him cry out in the middle of the night, strangling his pillow and hitting the wall. He sleepwalked, sometimes jolting awake in his closet, still battling the Taliban in the Korengal Valley of his mind.

 The VA responded with a battery of drugs so generous that in the weeks leading up to Waggoner’s overdose, his medical records show, he woke only to take his medicine.

VETERANS 2Waggoner was among the victims of the VA prescription epidemic.

Unemployed and newly divorced, he had joined the army for a fresh start in 2006. After a rocket-propelled grenade blast in Afghanistan sent shockwaves through his six-foot frame, though, he got hooked on government-issued painkillers; mentally, he never recovered.

Waggoner told a nurse at the Roseburg VA hospital that he suffered from severe flashbacks that made him cry out in the middle of the night, strangling his pillow and hitting the wall. He sleepwalked, sometimes jolting awake in his closet, still battling the Taliban in the Korengal Valley of his mind.

The VA responded with a battery of drugs so generous that in the weeks leading up to Waggoner’s overdose, his medical records show, he woke only to take his medicine.”

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