Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sending the wounded back again and again

Editorials - APRIL 16th, 2008
Stopping the loss
Local disabled veteran called back for another tour

I want you for the US Army...again. The Armed Forces are always looking for a few good men and women. When those people become hard to find, recent news makes it seem that our protectors are turning to those who have already answered the call of duty.

James Raymond, due to graduate from UB in December, joined the Army in 2001. He served for three years in Afghanistan, and instead of being honored for his service, he's being sent back.

When he was serving near the Pakistan-Afghani border, Raymond was wounded by rocket fire. Some three years later, his leg is still recuperating and his hearing is still impaired.

In essence, Raymond is being forced to fight again as the Army has threatened to replace his honorable discharge with a dishonorable one.

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