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posted 2/1/2008 1:16:05 AM |
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I watched the CBS evening news , Thursday evening.They featured a segment that was very tragic, about a young man named Carmelo Rodriquez, who enlisted in the Marines in 1997.He was given a physical, the Military Physican who performed the physical examination , documented that he had Melanoma ( what appeared to be a war)t.The Physican, never revealed this to the young man to have someone follow up on it.On the medical report the doctor stated the skin was abnormal, and went on to tate that the young man had Melanoma on his right buttock.But never made any recomendation for any further treatment.

Eight years pass, and the young man is a SGT. serving in Iraq.The Melanoma had spread . and the skin had raised and had pus draining from it.A doctor tells him that when he returns to the United States in five months, that someone would look at it.

Over the course of 18 months Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez lost down to 80 pounds, he had stage 4 Melanoma.He was forced into retirment prior to this due to his illness.CBS News was to interview him at his request, but very sadly he pased away just 8 minutes after a CBS reporter met him, and the crew was preparin to interview Mr.Rodriguez.He was buried with Military honors, but the family had to pay for , because he was retired the Military was not obligated to pay for his funeral.He wanted to let everyone know about the Feres Doctorine.His family is fighting to let others know because he cannot.

Whenever a man or woman joins any branch of the Military he or she is bound by the Feres Doctorine it is a 1950 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars active-duty military personnel and their families from suing the federal government for injuries incidental to their service.What this means is that unlike all other United States citizens, People serving in all branches of the United States Military are forbidden from suing the federal government for medical malpractice.I myself was not aware of this.This practice is unfair brave men and women volunteer to defend and protect the United States and all its citizens, they put their lives on line so that the U..S. and its citizens have the fredoms and liberties that we do, yet they do not have all the rights that non Military citizens do.I find that unacceaptable, and Congress should abolish the Feres Doctorine and give the Brave men and women of the United States Military the same rights as those whom they so bravely serve to protect.

Sadly this tragedy happens to others serving in the Military there was another young man featured in the report his name was SGT. Dean Patrick Witt he was serving in the U.S. Air Force, he had Appendicittis the doctors misdiagnosed after emergency surgery he ended up brain dead.It is so disturbing the medical treatment that Military personnel receive, some are misdiagnosed , some are refused help or treatment, told they do not qualify or there is nothing wrong with them.Over the last few years , things have dramitically worsened the Walter Reed scandal, wwith so many soldiers returning with PTSD and or brain injuries.They deserve to get the best medical care and treatments avaliable they scarifice so much voluntarily put themselves in harms way.Without all the brave men and women of all the branches of the Military stepping up and volunteering so bravely their lives and time, sacrificing so much there is absolutely no doubt that without them , the United States and its citizens would not have the fredoms and liberties that we have today.They deserve the best medical care avaliable.May God truly bless , watch over , care for, protect and keep in his tender loving care safe from all harm , all the brave men and women of the United Sates Military, past, present and future.God Bless them, and the United States.Peace.The link below takes you the CBS news article i wrote about in this blog.Thank you for your time , for readinng this,and for your comments.Peace.Have a safe and nice weekend.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/01/31/eveningnews/main3776580.shtml

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aspiringwriter

Feb 1 @ 1:39AM  
It is a sad story...
I definately feel that supporting our troops means giving veterans the best medical care that we can, along with the respect they deserve. Sadly, all to often, the VA hospitals around the country end up in a terrible state (Walter Reid being a great example).
I'm not sure what incidental means in legalese. I'll have to go and track down that ruling to see if it clarifies things.
gaymale41

Feb 1 @ 2:57AM  
Thank you Aspiringwriter, for your comment.I agree it is an extremly sad story.Similar things happen to other soldiers,Mr. Rodriguezs was not an isolated case.I agree wholeheartedly with you , society and the federal government, should support all Miitary personnel, including those who served in the past( Veterans , whether they served during Military conflict or not) they all deserve the highest quality of medical care and assistance in leading a full, rich normal healthy life during and after their Military service.You are right they all deserve our utmost respect and support.The brave men and women who so proudly serve in the Military are willing to give their lives for this country and its and our freedom and liberty.The Veterans medical care system is in a very sad disarray.I have heard so many sad , disturbing storiies. of soldiers returning home and being denied the treatment they worked so hard to recieve, only to be told they did not qualify.I agree with you Walter Reid Medical Hospital is a prime of example of how horrible things are, i watched a news story detailing the awful conditions, one Veteran was found on a mattress laying on the floor, no bed the mattres with soaked with urine , that is unacceptable and neglect.Soldiers are not getting the medical car they deserve i heard about a soldier returrning rom Iraq sekin gtreatment , because he was suicidal, he was turned away time after time told he did not qualify, the tragedy in desperation , he committted suicide, because he could not get the treatment he needed.Suicide rates among soldiers is sky rocketing, something needs to be done to make sure that anyone who needs medial care gets it without any delay.I also viewedd a news report about a soldier who was injured in Iraq and put on medical leave he was over paid because due to his injuries he did not serve the entire month, so the military with held a portion of his pay, and threatened to begin collection activity against him and to hold his pay checks.This has happened to over 5000 soldiers.The Miltary medical system, and the process for determining qualification for medical services, needs to be overhauled immeadeatly, it is unacceptable that any soldier should be treated this way.I am not sure about the legal definition of incidental either . i wil have to look it up.Thanks again for your comment.If you gave me the kudo thank you for that also.Peace.
canuhelpme258

Feb 1 @ 5:23AM  
Stories like this piss me off. No really,it seems more over the people versus the government care about our soldiers...

I'm going to leave it go at that before I start to rant.
aspiringwriter

Feb 1 @ 6:47AM  
I could go on a whole rant about what canu just said (even show some romanophilia and bust out an ancient history lesson). I could also say something about politicians who feel free to use the military for thier objectives when they, themselves haven't served. I'm sure I could even muster up a quote or two. But instead I direly need sleep, so I'll just say that the people who work at the VA's should also get the credit they deserve. They (the few I've known) really try to make the best of a bad situation.
str8ngr84u2

Feb 1 @ 10:59AM  
Having lived with a man with PTSD from serving in the military, this hits quite close to home for me. We are no longer together due to his illness. I have to agree, that despite the poor care there are some doctors in the VA's that do care. Unfortunately, this is a very sad story and probably not going to get better any time soon...
NachoBaby

Feb 1 @ 11:18AM  
Being an Airforce brat.. I can tell you that their families are taken care of just about as well... so NOT.

It does indeed annoy that the very people who put their lives on the line for our safety and freedom to bitch, are treated with such disrespect by the government for whom they gave.. sometimes all.

You gettin a kudo from me for such a well thought out blog!

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A truly heartbreaking story.