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31 May 2007

United States Military No Longer Sending Amputee Soldiers Home

Sgt. Tawan Williamson, age 30 who is a native of Chicago, IL has chosen to return back to active duty even though he has lost one leg and and three toes from his other foot.

A bomb blew up his Humvee, while stationed in Iraq. Yet, he refuses to call it quits.

His new assignment in all probability will be that of an Army job counselor and affirmative action officer in Okinawa, Japan.

Nearly 600 soldiers have returned from Iraq & Afghanistan missing arms, legs, hands and feet. Thirty-one service members have chosen to return to active duty.

"Since the start of the Iraq war, the military has begun holding on to amputees, treating them in rehab programs like the one here at Fort Sam Houston and promising to help them return to active duty if that is what they want.

The mindset of our Army has changed, to the extent that we realize the importance of all our soldiers and what they can contribute to our Army. Someone who loses a limb is still a very valuable asset," said Lt. Col. Kevin Arata, a spokesman for the Army's Human Resources Command at the Pentagon.

Also, just as advances in battlefield medicine have boosted survival rates among the wounded, better prosthetics and treatment regimens have improved amputees' ability to regain mobility," reported by the Associated Press.

I Salute You Sgt. Tawan Williamson!


Richard Cassidy said...

I enjoy seeing our soldiers of Color being recognized saluted and given a tribute too. I bet you won't see it on CNN.

Spidey said...

The military owes all those disabled veterans jobs. I bet there are a lot more than 600. They should all be guaranteed some kind of job. In this era of computers, there are many kinds of jobs that could be done by disabled person.

Don said...