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Soldiers in Iraq are still having to pay for their own body armor, in spite of promises by Donald Rumsfeld's Pentegon that they would “have all they need to fight and win this nation’s wars.”

Those of you who continue to claim you "support the troops" and ignore how this Adminstration has mis-used and lied to them are lying to yourself and ignoring the truth.

Excerpts; link below; my emphasis.

"Soldiers and their parents are still spending hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for armor they say the military won’t provide. One U.S. senator said Wednesday he will try again to force the Pentagon to obey the reimbursement law it opposed from the outset and has so far not implemented."

"Soldiers and their families have reported buying everything from higher-quality protective gear to armor for their Humvees, medical supplies and even global positioning devices.

“The bottom line is that Donald Rumsfeld and the Defense Department are failing soldiers again,” said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Operation Truth, an advocacy group for Iraq veterans.

“It just became an accepted part of the culture. If you were National Guard or Reserve, or NCOs, noncommissioned officers, you were going to spend a lot of money out of your pocket,” said Rieckhoff, who was a platoon leader with the 3rd Infantry Division and served in Iraq from the invasion in March 2003 to spring 2004. “These are bureaucratic failures, but when they make mistakes like this, guys die. There has been progress made, but we’re still seeing serious shortages.”



http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9524109/
 

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