Monday, September 25, 2006

Pryce Voted For Her Own Pay Raises, But Said No to Bonus for Troops

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce gladly voted for her own pay raises of $31,600 but voted against a $1500 bonus for the troops. Pryce also voted AGAINST extending health coverage to guardsmen and reservists returning from war. (HR 1815, Vote #221, 5/25/05)

If Pryce continues to vote against bonuses and health benefits for our guardsmen and reservists, how can Pryce claim she supports our troops? Actions speak louder than words.

Pryce, although she won't claim it in her campaign ads, has been and always will be a Republican.

>>>Here is a sad story from USA Today:

A growing number of troops are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with severe brain damage, prompting the Army to examine whether living wills or other care directives from soldiers ought to be available to battlefield doctors.

The issue was raised this summer by wounded soldiers and families of casualties during a symposium sponsored by the Army's Wounded Warrior Program.

“With technology as good as it is, they can keep that soldier alive, but they can't put their hands on a digitized piece of paper” containing a do-not-resuscitate order, says Ed Salau, a former Army lieutenant who lost his left leg during combat in Iraq. He was one of 40 people at the June symposium.

The Army say it plans more symposiums to hear from wounded soldiers and their families, but it makes no promises about what steps it might take.

From January 2003 through July, the Pentagon identified at least 250 troops who returned from war with head wounds that left them — at least initially — comatose or unable to care for themselves or respond to people. Brain injuries, most from roadside bombs, are the signature wound of the Iraq war.

The number is a small part of the 20,000 troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it is “unprecedented,” says Dale Smith, professor of medical history at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.....

The poor families in the U.S. who will have to bear the burden of caring for their loved ones in days, months, and years to come. This is also part of the human cost of war and many families will pay it for the rest of their lives.

****The new Pat Tiberi ad is a real joke. It says he has a good heart but it does not mention he is a Republican!!!!! Silly, Pat. We know that you are a strong Republican and an admirer of President Bush!