3/28/09

Soldiers and dogs keep off the grass

Wounded warrior

Erik Roberts, an Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq, underwent his 13th surgery recently to save his right leg from amputation. Imagine his shock when he got a bill for $3,000 for his treatment.

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"I put my life on the line and I was wounded in combat, and I came back and they're not going to take care of my medical bills?"

It's a level of outrage shared by his mother, as well as the doctor who performed the surgery.

"It's hard to understand why we're not taking care of guys like Erik whose injuries are clearly related to their service. They deserve the best care of anybody," said Dr. William Obremskey, an Air Force veteran and surgeon at Vanderbilt Orthopaedics in Nashville, Tennessee.


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The Department of Veterans Affairs has now decided to pay his bill, but only after prodding from a U.S. senator who got involved after CNN brought it to his attention.

The VA is going to pay the $3,000.

You'll recall that this is pretty much what Obama wanted to do anyway:

Obama medical plan for vets spurs outcry

You'll notice that Robert's insurance through his employer picked up most of the $90,000 in costs. The VA is going to pay the $3,000 - once they lose the paperwork a few times - but President Obama won't have to worry about that 90 large. Perhaps he can give it away to some of his non-voluntary volunteers in the GIVE-away program?