Sgt. Cary's letter ran in this month's VFW magazine. This is being presented as a positive, a celebration of the munificence of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and other organizations that support wounded U.S. personnel.
In fact, it is a horrible damnation of the situation facing our soldiers today. I count it an after-battle tragedy.
Sgt. Cary was medavaced after a "pretty good hit," and woke up in the hospital with "nothing to wear, or any hygiene stuff," and "bloodsoaked and unwearable" uniform. He is expressing his appreciation for the nurse and the organizations who provided a backpack, which allowed him clean pajamas, among other items.
Ranger asks: How can this be? Why don't the military hospitals have these items on hand to issue?
It is an obscenity to send people into battle, not providing for the eventuality of their injury. What if there were no backpack for Sgt. Cary? I shudder to think of the others like him, not fortunate enough to be the recipient of such a care bag.
Our military personnel should not have to rely on charity. The government should and must get their act together. How can the President and his coterie sleep in the midst of such shame?
From start to finish, this medical scenario is a screw-job for veterans.