IS THIS IDIOT?
It's tough enough for recruiters to get young men and women to enlist. It doesn't take a rocket-scientist to figure out you might may well end up in Iraq. But when some idiotic officer with a mindless, bureaucartic decision embarrasses the Army and abuses a wounded warrior, it's time to give that dummy a written reprimand.
Take the case of seriously-wounded 1LT William "Eddie" Rebrook IV, whose arm was so torn up by shrapnel, the officer had to be medically-discharged. But not before a moronic battlion commander refused to sign a "waiver" for the lieutenant's armored vest, soaked in blood and destroyed as a "bio-hazard."
A dim-witted supply clerk had failed to note the vest's disposal, so Rebrook was "dunned" $632 for the bloody body armor and other gear left behind during combat. And the paper-pushing light colonel (the Army won't tell us his name) demanded the wounded officer produce "witness statements" to verify the vest had actually been burned! That, or "pay up."
Officials at Ft. Hood, Tex. finally located the paperwork that proved the flak jacket had been properly disposed of.
Rebrook will be getting a refund for the money he paid, we are told, but since when do America's combat troops have to "pay" for items lost in battle?
Should a pilot be docked for the cost of his shot-down helicopter? What about a tank commander whose tread gets blown off? Bring him up on charges? Of course not! Helmets, weapons, and yes - body armor - are often damaged and destroyed in battle. The last thing a brave American like Lt. Rebrook needs is a headache from a clueless bureaucrat.
Who is this idiot? MilitaryCorruption.com would like to know.