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    No money for plane ticket - can the US military do better than this?

    Paulette Giannetti wanted to be at her son’s side after learning he had been wounded in the war in Iraq. But she didn’t have money for plane tickets.

    So Giannetti turned to the military and relief agencies for help. No luck. “If my son was dead or had suffered critical, life-threatening injuries, they said they could do something,” Giannetti said.

    But the Columbia woman’s son was not injured seriously enough to qualify her for a free flight, despite the fact he was evacuated from Iraq to Germany to Washington and finally to Texas.

    A friend stepped in to help Giannetti. But members of military support groups believe other families of wounded South Carolina troops are in the same fix.
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  • #2
    Re: Poor Mama

    Originally posted by Geeky Nerd
    No money for plane ticket - can the US military do better than this?
    Yes, we can and routinely do. He should have gone to Army Emergency Relief. They handle that kind of thing all the time.

    JS
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    • #3
      If Brown’s doctors had determined it was in the “medical interests” of her son, the Army would have paid for the plane ticket, said Col. Greg Mason, a spokesman for the Army Emergency Relief.
      Sounds like they did.

      Although it does say the army offered to loan him the money to have is his mother fly out. Which I guess is something.
      “To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”

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      • #4
        I stand corrected.

        JS
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        • #5
          Re: Poor Mama

          [QUOTE]Originally posted by Geeky Nerd
          [B]No money for plane ticket - can the US military do better than this?



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          Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same.

          I fail to see your issue here - should the Armed Forces pay for every family to go to see their sun/daughter? How would you distinguish between those who "deserve" to receive such assistance and those who do not. No, it is unfortunate if this mother cannot afford to travel to see her son, but that's life. Maybe her community could contribute to send her. After all, "charity begins at home."
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          • #6
            Re: Re: Poor Mama

            Originally posted by hogdriver
            I fail to see your issue here - should the Armed Forces pay for every family to go to see their sun/daughter? How would you distinguish between those who "deserve" to receive such assistance and those who do not. No, it is unfortunate if this mother cannot afford to travel to see her son, but that's life. Maybe her community could contribute to send her. After all, "charity begins at home."
            Good point, Hogdriver. There are rules for who gets free flights and who doesn't -- the Mom did the right, asking family and friends, and her church -- and the result was that the trip was covered.

            JS
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            "Never pet a burning dog."

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            • #7
              I agree with you two, she got there, and the army can't necessarily be responsible for everyone if the need isn't sufficient. I just wanted to point out that she did go to the proper authorities at least.
              “To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”

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              • #8
                Back 10 and more years ago when I worked for the Red Cross we had ways of addressing problems like this. Don't know if it is still true. Seems strange since he appears to be regular army. (7th Cavalry)
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                • #9
                  I did have a wry chuckle at a story on the morning news about the "new problem" if reservists being held on active duty to get war related injuries treated.

                  I remember when I processed out in '75 I had sustained a back injury in a M551 tank explosion a year before. (Nothing heroic, while on radio watch with one of those 50 year old E-5s the army had more than its share of back then, the Sgt. was trying to manual light off the heater. Started a fire which immediately spread to the combustible shell casing on the Sheridan conventional rounds. Small miracle in that I actually rode the commanders platform up and out the top of the tank ahead of the turret being blown off. By rights I should have been killed. We found bits of that sucker as much as a mile away. The Squandron CO parked the flatbed full of all the bits by the front gate of the Squadron compound for a month. Needless to say, no one in our Squadron ever used their heater again.)

                  Anyway, when I out processed, I was given the choice of staying on active duty 6 to 10 weeks for evaluation before being given medical benefits or waiving my right to benefits for an immediate discharge. At that point I had a wife and job waiting for me so of course I waived my rights.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JSMoss
                    Back 10 and more years ago when I worked for the Red Cross we had ways of addressing problems like this. Don't know if it is still true. Seems strange since he appears to be regular army. (7th Cavalry)
                    The only system I know of is to get the soldier back to his/her family when a close relative needs him/her there. I don't recall ever seeing one where the Army/Red Cross moved the family to where the soldier is.

                    JS
                    Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                    Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                    "Never pet a burning dog."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Janos
                      The only system I know of is to get the soldier back to his/her family when a close relative needs him/her there. I don't recall ever seeing one where the Army/Red Cross moved the family to where the soldier is.

                      JS
                      Local chapters had certain discretionary funds. Some would choose to use for this type of thing some did not. Where I was we tended to be pretty liberal where we could be.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JSMoss
                        Local chapters had certain discretionary funds. Some would choose to use for this type of thing some did not. Where I was we tended to be pretty liberal where we could be.
                        That's good to know -- thanks!

                        JS
                        Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                        Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                        "Never pet a burning dog."

                        RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
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                        http://www.sca.org
                        http://www.scv.org/
                        http://www.scouting.org/

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