- Posted June 2, 2014 by
Fort Pierce, Florida
Deployed Soldiers Restricted on Water Intake
My son is currently deployed. I cannot disclose his location, however I can say it is somewhere in the middle east. He contacted me yesterday in reference to a water restriction that was put in place due to budget cuts. The restriction limits 3 bottles of water per soldier per day. Military regulation clearly states that soldiers deployed in a category 5 environment ( Heat above 100 degrees) they must be provided 1 quart of water per hour not to exceed 12 quarts per day. It is currently 117 degrees. There is tap water on site however, his sergant has ordered a water testing kit as the water is making the soldiers sick. I am along with other military families, trying to reach out to water companies such as Nestle, Aquafina, Desani, and Zepherhills, to help with getting water to our soldiers. With the recent news of the VA mistreating our vets, to now hear that our soldiers are being denied basic necessities for survival is very dishearting as a mother of a soldier and a citizen. These men and women fight for our freedom daily, never asking for anything in return, except the expectation for their basic human rights of survival to be supplied. I've contacted the Inspector General at Ft. Hood, TX. where my son is stationed when he is not deployed. I'm praying an investigation is being launched to corrected this problem. In the mean time, if anyone can help with supplying water, it would be so greatly appreciated by our soldiers, and their families. I can provide an address for the water to be shipped to upon request.