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Letter to president Obama

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by tacmotusn, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Mr President,

    You and your wife publicly claim to be all about taking care of military families and veterans from your various wars. Don't bother responding that these wars are not yours. Frankly I don't give a damn for excuses from the Commander in Chief. You sir are the man in charge or you are not the President. Which is it?

    The following article upsets me greatly. Sequester as an excuse doesn't cut it either sir! If that were true, you and Michelle could cut your personal staff by 50% across the board and still have more servants than any other presidential family ever. It is disgraceful in lieu of the Nations financial woes. You might seriously consider cutting back on the multitude of expensive vacations and stay at home in the Whitehouse and actually accomplish some of the Countries business.

    Sincerely, Roger T. Irvin - USN (CPO) Retired - High Spring, Fl.
    Insult to Injury: Wounded warriors snubbed at Walter Reed dining hall
    By Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin
    Published August 15, 2013

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/15/insult-to-injury-wounded-warriors-snubbed-at-walter-reed-dining-hall/#ixzz2c3k53TKE
    In a disturbing revelation about the treatment of America's most severely wounded troops, Fox News has learned the military earlier this month decided to invalidate meal tickets and reduce hours for the sole dining facility in the Walter Reed building where they are recovering.
    The decision affects the Warrior Cafe located inside building 62, home to all multiple amputees and long-term, recovering patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
    The decision would mean wounded warriors who would normally have a government-funded meal just down the hall would have to walk, wheel or limp nearly a half-mile across the Walter Reed campus to the temporary "food trailer" for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    "I mean it's called the Warrior Cafe, you would think it is for us," said Sgt. Josh Wetzel, who lost both his legs when he stepped on a pressure plate IED outside Kandahar, Afghanistan in May 2013. He's been recovering at Walter Reed since and has been a daily customer at the cafe.
    The status of the military's decision may be in flux.
    After Fox News submitted multiple inquiries with senior military officials earlier this week, the Pentagon responded late Wednesday. Lt. Col. Catherine Wilkinson, a Pentagon spokesman, told Fox News that Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, has decided to reverse the changes.
    Yet so far, no patients at Walter Reed have been notified of that decision and there has been no formal announcement.
    "It makes a lot of people mad that they can't get into their wheelchair and wheel down to the Warrior Cafe," Wetzel said. "Now they have to wheel all the way across base to use their meal cards."
    Wetzel's wife Paige is nine months pregnant with their first child and is due this coming Monday. She says she's worried about how much time and effort her husband will have to spend seeking food between appointments, while she is in the maternity ward.
    "In my opinion it's a total independence thing," Paige said. "If I were to leave for a day or two I would know Josh could go right down the hall, feed himself and he'd be fine. Now the only alternative is to leave our building."
    Walter Reed has already closed the cafe on weekends. Paige says the Army offered to have Josh order his meals in advance. "They explained that we could use our squad leaders to order meals for the weekend, but it has to go through the squad leader (and then) through the first sergeant," Paige said. "So how do you plan for that to make sure you get what you need for the weekend?"
    In addition to the weekend closure, the base also decided to reduce the cafe's hours from 60 to 50 a week. Instead of closing at 8 p.m. it now closes at 6 p.m., making it difficult for those getting occupational therapy to get there in time.
    The patients of building 62, many of whom have endured 50 surgeries or more and are expected to spend up to two years recovering at Walter Reed, were told of the decision to end meal tickets at the Cafe in an Aug. 7 text message from their squad leader. The message explained that the changes to the meal tickets will take place on Sept. 3. That message was followed by a heated town hall meeting last week.
    "I was very upset," said Carolee Ryan. She is the mother of Marine Staff Sgt. Thomas McRae, a triple amputee, partially blinded, single father whose wife left him after he sustained his injuries in January of 2012 in Sangin, Afghanistan.
    She was one of the mothers who made her voice heard during that town hall meeting.
    "I felt it was a slap in my son's face as a service member. As many times as he has been deployed -- what they were doing to him was a disservice," she said.
    Paige Wetzel said the families felt the decision was made without their input and for reasons that are hard to understand. "It felt like the money had been deemed appropriate somewhere else and I don't see how that could happen," Wetzel said.
    Officials in the Pentagon and at Walter Reed did not respond to questions about why the changes were made, but congressional sources with knowledge of the decision say it was based on concerns that government funds for the warrior meals were being misappropriated. They said that because the cafe is listed as a "self sustaining" business, it is not allowed to receive government subsidies, such as the meal tickets and appropriated funds. So the military decided the cafe could no longer accept the government meal cards.
    The families and patients have a slightly different take. Many of them who spoke to Fox News are under the impression that the government doesn't like paying for the higher prices that come with the better food.
    "The food quality is not nearly as good (at the trailer) as it is at the Warrior Cafe," Josh Wetzel said. "The Warrior Cafe has something for everyone like a grill, hot food, salad bars, sandwiches and drinks."
    Carolee Ryan says the trailers specialize in "processed food."
    Walter Reed plans to eventually replace the trailers with a new cafeteria, though it's not expected to be completed for months. But even the new cafeteria will be a haul for the wounded occupants of building 62. For now, Josh's best options are to pay for a meal using his modest Army paycheck or to walk on his prosthetics to the trailer.
    "I would say it's close to half a mile ... for guys who are on their wheelchair or using prosthetic legs -- you know that is a long way to go," he said.
    Adding insult to injury, there are only two handicap-accessible tables in the trailer, and neither the bathroom nor the exit doors has push-button access.
    "It's quote unquote handicap accessible, but for guys who have serious mobility injuries -- like they can't use their hands that well -- you know it is tough for them," Josh Wetzel said.
    Thomas McRae's mother says the whole situation breaks her heart. She said her son told her he would consider going hungry before wheeling himself to the trailers.
    "Now I get it," Ryan said. "Back in the Vietnam War when all the men and women were coming home (I understand) how they felt ... and I didn't think it would come to this
  2. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Sorry, but I can't like this.
  3. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Thanks for the heads up Tac. E-mails on the way to my reps. I guess our vets don't rate as high as golf or flying all over the world for vacays. Of course dhs has to have a few billion rounds of ammo . All the alphabet agencies certainly need all these million dollar retreats. But we can't keep a cafe open near where these vets need it? Burns my azz no end. Thanks for fox news bringing it to light and embarrassing them enough to reverse their decision. I think it should be open 24/seven.
    Yard Dart likes this.
  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I liked having meals cooked by professional services, rather than the Army cooks when deployed. Unfortunately, in some cases, due to being in a war setting, only military cooks can get the job done. Back on safer ground, in the rear --I don't see any reason why our soldiers can't get a good, proper meal.
  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    well, someone has to pay for the presidential pooch to fly solo for vacations....:rolleyes:
  6. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    Who made this decision? I swear, some idiot who has never been to Walter Reed made a blind decision. This is an outrage. These men served their country and have had their lives horribly altered due to injury. it is time for America to step up and say take care of the vets. I hear way to many private organizations earning money and helping, well where is the gov't on this?
  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I was so PO'ed when I saw that. I was livid and now an again. How many people could have been helped with what it cost to fly that dog. Why is there no public backlash from this extravagance?
    Yard Dart likes this.
  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Because as one woman who voted twice (even though she worked for the polls and knew the rules ) said "That man deserves to be there!!!" If I were to give voice to my true feelings about that unqualified, place sitter, i would be .... censured for foul language on a public forum, and men in black clothing, would likely pay me a visit in the dark of night...:(
  9. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    You would think the Base CO or the Hospital Administrator would be smart enough and have enough pull to have the "Temporary Food Trailer" properly located, (read that as move the damn thing to near bldg. 62 you morons), where it is needed most!
    The fact that you put it in the wrong place, whatever the reason, is a correctable error. Take care of the troops! Specially those who have given so much! Move the damn "Temporary Food Trailer".
    Icefoot, Motomom34 and Yard Dart like this.
  10. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    Our wounded deserve nothing less than quality health care and the best our nation can offer in service to them, as they have served and bled for our nation and have earned the best we can do in return for their wounds mentally and physically!!!!
    Motomom34 and oldawg like this.
  11. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    You would think that someone would have noticed it was a "trailer" and checked to see if it had wheels. More of the crap of TPTB making sure "cuts" hurt the citizens in the most painful way. The next carrier we use to build a reef needs to be loaded with these dog and pony show elite, generals and admirals included, with our beloved CNC chained to the helm station and crewed by as many useless eaters as can be packed on her. The sinking, hopefully won't take too many, televised live. Oh man this kind of crap chaps my azz no end.
  12. Icefoot

    Icefoot Monkey+

    In about-face, Walter Reed opens dining hall to wounded warriors after Fox News reporting | Fox News

    There was a follow up article later the same day that the boneheads that made the decision reversed it. My reaction was "why is there not a proper dining hall facility there? why only a privately run cafe?". And yes, I was disgusted beyond words at hearing this. This wasn't the administration pulling this crap. It was the military brass in charge of base operations. Talk about disrespecting your own. When I served, if some low level lackey did something like this, the base commander would publicly can his a** as an example of what NOT to do...
    tulianr likes this.
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