It has been 1 1/2 years since I physically came home from Iraq. 3 different med holds, 2 surgeries and alot of wasted time. I am no better off today then the day I entered medhold. Now my medical hold has decided that I will have no further surgery, even though my surgeon at Walter Reed wants to pursue another procedure. Odd thing is the mission statement for medhold reads "To return the soldier to optimum health". What a joke. It should read "To return the soldier to optimum health, without spending too much money". The letter I received states that medically retiring me will be cost effective for the Army. This is the war of the throw away soldier. I can no longer fight so in the Army mindset I am useless and not worth the money to fix. I am at the end of my rope as far as who to turn to. I tried my chain of command, deaf ears. I contacted the wounded soldiers hotline, no help. I spoke face to face with a US Sen, Melendez, who now wont return my calls. I have been in contact with my Congressman but that bit me in the ass with the wounded soldier hotline. Now I am leaning toward the media. If anyone has a serious contact with a major news source I would be very greatful. It is not just for me. There are hundreds of injured or ill soldiers in medical holds in the US. I can't speak for any but mine. But I imagine they are the same. Mine is messed up. It needs to change and the leadership needs to be held accountable. Thank you in advance.
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