"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Support the Troops

""The Army is the gateway to get away from poverty here," Bocanegra says. "You go to the Army and expect to be better off, but the best job you can get (back home) is flipping burgers. ... What am I supposed to do now? How are you going to live?""


"A lot of the people I've had contact with are not doing very well," says Kaye Baron, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Colorado Springs. Baron estimates that 60 to 70 percent of people she sees are in the military, and of that, roughly half have served in or been affected by the Iraq war. "For one thing, they're injured psychologically or physically, and on top of that they feel they're getting disposed of by the military - like no one really cares."


"Sexual-assault organizations across the country are shipping rape-evidence collection kits to each member of Congress in hopes that more of the investigative tools will end up in the war zone to help troops who are victimized.

That move is in response to growing concerns among victim-rights leaders and several lawmakers that not enough kits are available to help soldiers. Nearly 200 U.S. women soldiers have sought assistance from civilian rape-crisis agencies since the war started, saying they were assaulted by fellow troops. Many have reported their cases were mishandled, in part because of inadequate forensic and medical treatment."