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Mission Accomplished…..

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 2, 2009

For those of us in the US the end of combat in Iraq was declared on May 1, 2003.

For those contractors who agreed to go to “Post War” Iraq and were waiting close by for the bullets to stop flying the Mission Accomplished Speech was actually given on May 2, six years ago today.

These contractors weren’t getting paid any more than their regular wages to go into Post War Iraq.  They were not informed that the Defense Base Act would be their “Exclusive Remedy” if they were injured working in dangerous conditions not suitable for their work.  They did not expect that SOP’s were being left behind at the border.

As Post War Iraq rapidly proved to be an ongoing war zone these same contractors were expected to stay and work in Red Zones without security, either military or private.  When they suggested leaving until the War was actually over or at least moving to a safer part of Iraq they were told they had to stay and work.

It was more important to the US Government that it look like things were going better in Iraq than they were.   That they were  throwing  human lives out there on the line took no precedence over appearances.

Some contractors went into the War Zones for patriotic reasons.

Some went to make more money than they could at home.

Some did neither.  Some just went to do their job as they’d always done it.  Some were taken advantage of by their employers for profit and by the US Government to cover up their mistakes.

However they ended up being killed or injured working in a war zone they and their families have all ended up on the loosing end financially while their employers and the DBA insurance companies continued to profit.

The Government lost their effort to cover up their mistakes.  Unfortunately  it’s little condolence to the lives they ruined trying to save face.

And for last six years this Government of ours sat idly and watched while AIG and CNA denied even the  inadequate beneftis provided by the DBA to these injured contractors.  The benefits do not come anywhere close to making up for the lost futures of these families but to continue to deny them is criminal.

If the Mission six years ago was to lie to and use human lives  like so much cannon fodder then toss them aside once they’ve broken them, you might say it was accomplished.

4 Responses to “Mission Accomplished…..”

  1. Krash said

    As an injured contractor fighting for DBA benefits, I really don’t want to defend the insurance companies, but in this battle of bureaucratic red tape all I can see is the classic “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing” scenario, and the injured contractors are stuck right in the middle and are not being heard by either side. The government thinks that benefits are available, the insurance companies are only looking to the bottom line (profits) and the contractors are stuck in the middle trying to actually get the benefits that are supposed to be in place.

    SPEAK OUT INJURED CONTRACTORS if you want this red tape nightmare to end . . . silence will not get your benefits paid, speaking out will keep the insurance companies in the limelight until changes are implemented, and the benefits that we deserve will be paid.

    Just remember . . before we volunteered to go to a War Zone to work we were taxpayers too . . . .

  2. Awifesickofwatchingmyhusbandsuffer said

    Well speaking out is what we are about to do all. Like I have said over the last month I am sick of just blogging. Monday if all goes well the email and fax blitz will start I have over 1000 emails and fax for all over the world our voices will be heard.

    Ready or Not the world is going to know what is going on. A to Z, little news papers to big, national and local, local news stations and national, federal government & state government they will all be get a copy. Oh and I do have all the foreign government offices emails and faxes too. Like I said I am not playing. I will email and fax until we get our day in congress and until our contractors are taken care of.

  3. defensebaseactcomp said

    Hoo Yah

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