Injury policies hurt mission
I am concerned with our policies on allowing injured soldiers to remain in theater who are unable to perform their duties.
Once these soldiers receive a profile restricting them from wearing body armor or carrying a weapon, they are no longer combat-effective and should be replaced with someone able to accomplish the mission requirements.
In addition, these soldiers are then required to attend physical therapy for an extended period of time. All the while, they remain [in theater] and collect the same paycheck as those in harm’s way.
Individuals injured in an enemy attack or in combat-related situations should be the only exception. In World War II, soldiers who were shot would go absent without leave from treatment facilities so they could be next to their buddies and fight the fight. I will be more than happy to take on additional duties to ensure these soldiers are sent home.
The evaluation process regarding these cases needs to be looked into for the sake of soldiers earning their check.
Staff Sgt. Chris FranzKandahar Air Field, Afghanistan