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One Way to Recoup That $87 Billion

Posted By Matt Barganier On September 12, 2003 @ 7:33 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Charge wounded soldiers for their hospital meals [1]. From Stars & Stripes:

Troops wounded in combat in the nation’s war on terrorism are being handed more than just discharge papers when they leave military hospitals — some also are getting a bill.

At a daily rate of $8.10, hospitalized troops, including those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, are being charged for their meals.

They don’t really do this, do they?

“I was amazed. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it,” said Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, who has introduced a bill to repeal what he calls an “offensive” law.”

Thumbs up to Young for spending some of his own money on the problem:

To make a point about their objection, Young and his wife, Beverly, recently paid the $210.60 hospital from the National Navy Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for a Marine Corps reservist who lost part of his foot during a recent deployment in which, according to Young, a 10-year-old Iraqi dropped a grenade in the staff sergeant’s Humvee.

Does George Bush lack any feeling even for his pawns?

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