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Miltary booting gay medical personnel

First it was the linguists, now we learn that sorely-needed medics have been discharged simply for being gay. With all the severe injuries and rehab needed for all the men and women fighting in Iraq, and an admitted shortage of qualified personnel to treat them, this Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy makes absolutely no sense.

The Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military reports that 244 medical specialists were kicked out between 1994 to 2003. The Pentagon information was obtained by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee. (The Advocate):

According to a Senate report issued in 2003 by senators Christopher Bond and Patrick Leahy, hundreds of injured Guard and Army Reserve soldiers “have been receiving inadequate medical attention” while housed at Fort Stewart because of a lack of preparedness that includes “an insufficient number of medical clinicians and specialists, which has caused excessive delays in the delivery of care.” The situation created the perception among soldiers that they were receiving care that was inferior to that received by active duty personnel, which had a “devastating and negative impact on morale.” (Advocate.com)

What are this government’s priorities? I would like to see the current discharge rate since the Iraq war began to see if some hypocrite smoke is blowing when the warm bodies are needed. I blogged about the dropping rate of discharge last February.

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The Army: ‘Over 35? No problem.’
Army raises enlistment age, doubles cash enlistment bonuses. I’m posting this just so the more mature Yellow Elephants are aware of the change, in case they have a hankering to step up and serve in Dear Leader’s military expeditions for Freedom and DemocracyTM (and since your homo fellow citizens aren’t needed or wanted).

All Spin Zone takes note.

“And yet we have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what’s at stake. They’re willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I’m asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country.â€?

if you’re Rick Santorum.

If you’re a Young Republican it means:

Petrille recommended Democrats show support for troops in other ways; his group helped raise money to pay for soldier care packages.

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