16 April 2008

A different kind of Iraq war atrocity...

Remember "Saving Private Ryan" - about retrieving a soldier from the WWII combat theater when he was the last surviving son of a family? Here's the updated version...

Army Spc. Jason Hubbard, 33, and his youngest brother, Nathan, enlisted while they were still grieving for their brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Hubbard, who was 22 when he was killed in a 2004 bomb explosion in Ramadi. In August, 21-year-old Cpl. Nathan died when his Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Kirkuk. Jason was part of the team assigned to remove his comrades' bodies from the wreckage. Jason was then a sole survivor and was forced out of combat.

Then because he was no longer in active service ... the military cut off his family's health care, demanded that he repay $6,000 from his enlistment bonus and was denying him up to $40,000 in educational benefits under the GI bill.

(More details at this CBS News link.)

Addendum:  The original news link died long ago.  This one is still online.

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