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Supporting the troops

in England. Shameful! Each of those soldiers is worth ten of those women.

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7 Responses to “Supporting the troops”

  1. Quite a low figure there, Craig.
    I’d just like to say, as the token Brit here, that those pillocks deserve all the contempt being shown them and then some.
    They should be forced to watch this (http://www. watch?v=KYlr rAWCTRg ) until they get it.
    Yes, this story has made me a tad irate. In the same way that the Atlantic is a littel bit damp.

  2. Wait a minute. Doesn’t the British military and defence ahve facilities for these injured vets? Why the hell do they have to use a public pool for rehab?


  3. Jersey,
    To my knowledge, there are specialist facilities, but there are also a lot of wounded soldiers who need them. I do know that the soldiers are, where the injuries permit it, treated on normal wards, although sometimes these are closed to the general public. The same applies to the rehab, I would imagine.
    But no, there are very few military hospitals as you have in the US, partially, I suspect, because of the universal provision proided by the NHS, they owuld be seen as unnecessary expences.

  4. Paul,

    Yeh, you’re right. I guess I just really didn’t know what to say about this. They were scaring the kids. Okay, that’s understandab le, to most kids, people have two arms and two legs and haven’t had half their face disfigured by IEDs but how hard is it to explain to the kiddies, “These are our bravest, finest British heroes who were injured fighting in response to their nation’s call. Don’t be afraid. Any one of them would give their life protecting you from harm. Salute them! Be proud of them!” Whatever one thinks of the politics or wisdom of the Iraq or Afghanistan war, there’s no excuse for this kind of thing.

  5. Craig,
    Actually, I’m not even buying the scaring the children thing. At least, no more than anything new scares children, which isn’t much unless the parents make a big deal about it. To be honest, I figure most children would be staring in open-mouthed amazement/in terest rather than scared. That wouldn’t be good for the soldiers, but it’s a long way from scared.
    A colleague whom I showed this too suggested sending the parents in question out to the Gulf so they could see just how &*$%ing much the soldiers had paid to use the swimming pool, but you’d think the missing limbs would have been kind of a clue.
    Un-&*$%ing-b elievable asshattery.

  6. “…how &*$%ing much the soldiers had paid to use the swimming pool, but you’d think the missing limbs would have been kind of a clue.”


  7. Paul, do the Brits have a GI Bill or VA sort of thing? I thought they did, at least when it comes to healthcare and education. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that when it comes to healthcare American public sector workers and civil servents have a system, the military has a system (or ten), and the private sector can go F itself. Now, I thought in Britian that basically you had the same thing except the private sector, the general public aside from the military and government employees, had a third separate system - universal coverage but tweaked for certain sectors. Could you clear that general concept up for me?

    I know that we have a massive military here and all that goes with that. But the Brits project a lot military power for a small force. One would think they have a tight but strong phyiscal and institutiona l military infrastructu re.

    Just curious. I mean, whoever complained about these guys is just a complete and total asshole (shit stain excluded only perhaps because they were paying dues). I just wonder why these guys would need or even want to participate in rehab in a public pool. I know I wouldn’t like that.


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