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Other Than Honorable: Army Strips Benefits of Wounded Veterans by Kicking Them Out for Misconduct

(FEDERALJACK)   A new investigation by the Colorado Springs Gazette says the U.S. Army is downsizing from a decade of war by increasingly kicking out soldiers, including wounded combat veterans. Despite serving multiple tours of duty, the wounded soldiers lose their medical care and other benefits for life. We’re joined by Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Dave Philipps, whose three-part series “Other Than Honorable,” tells the stories of several discharged veterans suffering severe health issues from injuries sustained in combat. “The army’s difficulty in dealing with this is not an army problem, it is a societal problem. We’re talking about over two million people who have deployed in the last 10 years,” Philipps says. “Over 500, 000 of them have more than three deployments. These are people who may have issues that they need our help with. And if the Army isn’t sort of the first responder, the person who gets them on the right track, and the Army in fact through its actions is banning them care for the rest of their lives, that’s going to affect our society for a really long time.”

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