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The Price of Sacrifice

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 24, 2012

The government decided that contractors are eligible for public honor as civilians, through awards such as the Defense of Freedom Medal. This is described as the “civilian equivalent” of a Purple Heart, as both require the recipient to have been injured or killed. But the contractor is honored as victim; not hero.

David Isenberg at Huffington Post  May 24, 2012

Please see David’s blog  The Isenberg Institute of Strategic Satire

How should one recognize an act on the battlefield that gets you wounded? If you are a soldier, marine, sailor or airman the answer is easy; you get a Purple Heart. That medal, originally created by General George Washington, is awarded to U.S. soldiers wounded by the enemy in combat. It was ordered by the Continental Congress to stop giving commissions or promotions, since the Congress could not afford the extra pay these entailed, so Washington drew up orders for a Badge of Military Merit made of purple cloth. In 1782 he directed that “whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk edged with narrow lace or binding.”

In short, Washington gave cloth because he could not give money. But if you are a private contractor and you get wounded you don’t get a Purple Heart.

You, hopefully, will get medical care and benefits which your employer is required, at least theoretically, to provide under the Defense Base Act.

To Mateo Taussig-Rubbo, a professor at the State University of New York, Buffalo Law School this raises the question as to whether they are forms of value which can be substituted one for the other.

In an essay he wrote, “Value of Valor: Money, Medals and Military Labor,” published earlier this year he explores the divide between money and medals. This raises interesting questions about motivation.

Please read the entire post here

Posted in Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense of Freedom Medal, Injured Contractors, Political Watch | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

A cost of war: Soaring disability benefits for veterans, while the cost of civilian veterans disabilities is kept in the dark

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 27, 2012

CNN Money A cost of war: Soaring disability benefits for veterans

Daniel Brink of South Africa was severally wounded and disabled working in Iraq. His medical care and indemnity are the also the responsibility of the US Taxpayer under the Defense Base Act only no one has the integrity to be honest about it.

After more than a decade of continuous warfare, the cost of disability compensation for wounded veterans is surging to mammoth proportions.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expects to spend $57 billion on disability benefits next year. That’s up 25% from $46 billion this year, and nearly quadruple the $15 billion spent in 2000, before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

“This is the cost of going to war,” said Larry Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who served as assistant secretary of defense during the Ronald Reagan administration. “We’ve made so much progress in medicine [that] you’re going to have a lot of people survive their injuries who didn’t in the past.”

About 4,500 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq and about 1,800 have been killed in Afghanistan. Some 633,000 veterans — one out of every four of the 2.3 million who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — have a service-connected disability, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Please read the entire article here

Posted in AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Department of Labor, Injured Contractors, Iraq, Political Watch, Veterans | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Challenges of Living With Traumatic Brain Injuries, PTSD

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 24, 2010

U.S. Army Capt. Adiran Veseth-Nelson and his wife Diana Veseth-Nelson with Imus on the challenges getting help for traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.

Imus notes how well Capt Adiran looks and how you would never suspect he has a TBI and PTSD.

This couple discusses how important it is to help the entire family as it drastically effects the entire family.

DBA Casualties get NONE of this thanks to AIG, CNA, ACE…..

Go here to see the video Thanks to Charles for the heads up on this one

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, PTSD and TBI | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hilda Solis Ignores Payment to “Documented”DBA Casualties

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 21, 2010

Hilda Solis  has plenty time for “Undocumented” Workers but refuses to address  “proper payment for every cent they are worth” to Injured War Zone Contractors who have no money to pay lobbyists with…..

Follow the Money……..

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Department of Labor, Political Watch, Zurich | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

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