Saturday, January 27, 2007
Not One of the 3075
...but still dead.
(AP) Stewart, Minn. Jonathan Schulze tried to live with the nightmares and grief he brought home after serving as a U.S. Marine in Iraq, but it overwhelmed him. And he didn't get the help he needed to survive, his family claims.Good Lord, let's not create a new generation of vets who can't get help. Stories like this make me so very angry. A lot of these guys were conned into serving, or, if idealistic (or economic) volunteers, they've been screwed up and down and sideways.
Two weeks ago, Schulze told a staff member at the VA hospital in St. Cloud, Minn., that he was thinking of killing himself and asked to be admitted, according to his father and stepmother, who accompanied him. They said he was told he couldn't be admitted that day. The next day, a counselor told him over the phone that he was No. 26 on the waiting list, his parents said.
Let's get the f*** out of there. We don't belong there. We never did. We still don't. Bush has never said what the actual point of being there is. He's never said what "winning" means. Just moving the goalpost around accomplishes nothing.
I feel so sorry for this poor young man and his family. I feel for all of them, and for the Iraqis who suffer our presence with more fortitude than we ever would in the same circumstances.
Let's end the war. Let's work to find peace. Let's work hard.
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