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Wade Dill AIG/KBR PTSD DBA Casualty July 16th, 2006

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 15, 2012

After many years of surviving an extremely abusive and Overly Zealous Defense

Wade Dill’s  family was finally provided death benefits under the Defense Base Act

These benefits were recently taken away by the Benefits Review Board when Attorney Bruce Nicholson, who was actively pursuing a settlement with KBR/AIG’s Attorney Michael Thomas, had a contract with the widow, was an attorney with the Law Firm of Peyman Rahnama, was the attorney of record with the BRB, did not as much as respond to the Appeal.

While Bruce Nicholson is the one who apparently purposely abandoned the claim, Michael Thomas and the BRB were more than happy to carry on without notifying the widow that AIG’s appeal of her claim was unopposed.

The man I married was my prince charming.
We had grown up together.
High school sweethearts, we were married 17 ½ years.
I believe that if he had never gone over there he would still be
here today.
Something happened in Iraq.
He committed suicide the morning of July 16th, 2006
He left behind a lot of pain and two ruined lives.
I never dreamed I would be without him
my daughter without a father.

Our thoughts are with you today Barb

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Veterans of the first Gulf War can’t get treatment; Army admits medical records were destroyed

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 14, 2011

Veterans Today

St. Petersburg , Florida — Operation Desert Storm, which pushed Iraqi troops out of Kuwait but kept Saddam Hussein in power, took a huge toll on American servicemen and women.

159,705 veterans were injured or became ill, and 10,617 veterans have died of combat related injuries or illnesses since the initiation of the Gulf War during August 1990.

Since the second Gulf War began, there have been another 5,884 casualties. (Not including contractors, veteran contractors)

Most of the veterans we talked to for this story say they are aware when they sign their name on the dotted line, they might not come home or could be wounded. However, they say that is part of the job.  The Gulf War veterans were talked to also ask us not to identify them.

As one told us, it’s the government and he knows what the government is capable of doing and he doesn’t want his name out there.

One solider trying to get help from the Veterans Administration for combat-related injuries says he has been turned down, because his records are missing. He says he has all the medical records for the time he was in the states, but the records for everything that happened outside of the country are gone.

The VA has heard similar complaints before, but a letter from Department of the Army that has never been made public before says after Desert Storm ended, units were told to destroy their records since there was no room to ship the paperwork back to the states. The letter goes on to say it was in direct contradiction to existing Army Regulations.

Please read the entire post at Veteran Todays here

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AWOL Medical Records always the perfect cover up

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 13, 2011

by Polly Dunbar at the Mail UK

‘All they wanted to look at was body parts’: Widow of bomb hero Olaf Schmid accuses Army of inquest cover-up

The widow of bomb disposal hero Olaf Schmid has criticised the inquest into his death and accused Army chiefs of covering up the ‘true reasons’ he died.

Christina Schmid, 35, said she felt ‘betrayed’ by the Ministry of Defence.

The inquest last week into the 30-year-old’s death in Afghanistan in 2009 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

The coroner stated there was ‘nothing in the operation which fell below what might have been expected and that could have contributed to his death’.

But Mrs Schmid said: ‘The inquest was futile and rushed. They didn’t seem to want to look into the true reasons for his death. All they wanted to talk about was what happened to his body parts when I have always been more concerned about what was happening in his brain leading up to that point.’

She added that a fainting fit the staff sergeant had before his death was caused by exhaustion.

Mrs Schmid said: ‘I feel betrayed – but I should have learned by now that the MoD is nothing more than an institution which covers its back and does what’s easiest.’

Sources claimed last night that the MoD had lost the medical records of Staff Sergeant Schmid, who was known to his family and colleagues as Oz.

They say the missing records would have shown that he was suffering medical issues in the lead-up to his death which could have impacted on his ability to do his job.

Staff Sgt Schmid was trying to disarm improvised explosive devices (IEDs) when he was killed the day before he was due to return home for a break. He won a posthumous George Cross for gallantry.

At the inquest in Truro, Cornwall, several of his colleagues gave statements saying he had appeared ‘unsettled and impatient’ after his five-year-old stepson told him in a phone call the night before: ‘Daddy, it’s time to come home.’

But according to sources who knew him, his agitation could also have been the result of the severe digestive complaints he experienced during his five months in Helmand, which were not raised at the inquest.

One source said: ‘It was widely known that Oz suffered from chronic irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.

‘All the boys would joke about it but he was in a lot of discomfort and had to use the toilet up to 15 times a day. He received treatment for his problems during the tour but no evidence exists of this because the MoD have said that they cannot find his medical records.’

Mrs Schmid has previously spoken of the stress her husband was under after working for 129 days without a break.

Please read the original story here

How dare they blame my son for Olaf’s death: Call home didn’t upset bomb hero, he was just exhausted, says widow

The widow of Olaf Schmid accused the Army yesterday of trying to blame her young son for the bomb disposal expert’s death.

Christina Schmid, 35, said she felt betrayed by the Ministry of Defence and described his inquest last week as ‘futile and rushed’.

The hearing had been told that the night before Staff Sergeant Schmid died his stepson, Laird, now seven, had told him: ‘Daddy, it’s time to come home.’

It was claimed the poignant phone call had unsettled him just hours before he was due to fly back from Afghanistan for two-weeks leave.

But his distraught wife dismissed the suggestion that he was impatient and suffering from ‘last-day jitters’ when he was killed by an improvised explosive device in October 2009.  Please see updates here

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KBR is asking for it

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 9, 2010

By David Isenberg at Huff Post

To paraphrase comedian Henny Youngman’s famous one-liner, take my KBR, please.

After all the bad press U.S. engineering and construction company KBR has received over the years for its operations in Iraq , both during its time as a Halliburton subsidiary and since, one might think it had learned a thing or two about how to avoid sticking its foot in its mouth.

But you would be wrong, As case in point consider the following legal brief KBR filed, which was posted online by the estimable Ms. Sparky — who is to chronicling KBR misdeeds, including those against it own employees, as white is to rice — in regard to the case of Jamie Leigh Jones,

For those who missed this news Ms. Jones is the then 20-year old former KBR/Halliburton worker, who says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad in late July 2005.

The main points are by now well known. She says that just four days after arriving in Iraq she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave.

According to her lawsuit, Jones was raped by “several attackers who first drugged her, then repeatedly raped and injured her, both physically and emotionally.” Jones said that an examination by Army doctors showed she had been raped “both vaginally and anally,” but that the rape kit disappeared after it was handed over to KBR security officers.  See KBR’s AWOL Medical Records here and here

Ms. Jones had to be rescued from her American employer by U.S. State Department agents from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, after she was able to contact her father by cell phone, who then contacted his congressman, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), who contacted the State Department.

In late 2007, over two years after the reported rape occurred, the Justice Department had brought no criminal charges in the matter. In fact, an investigation by ABC News could not confirm any federal agency was investigating the case.

Early on, in a statement, KBR said it was “instructed to cease” its own investigation by U.S. government authorities “because they were assuming sole responsibility for the criminal investigations.”

Read the full story here

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