- Posted May 5, 2012 by
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Salute to troops
A Little Help For Someone Who's Given Lots, SPC Wells
Many people in our country today have made sacrifices that most of us could not even imagine in the deepest parts of our imagination. Because of these acts of valor, we are the country that we are today: great, prosperous, and (sometimes), unified. Although there are many issues that we can all disagree on and go back and forth about, I think there’s one in particular we can all agree on: quick and proper care for our soldiers.
SPC Joshua Wells is an Iraq War Vet who was injured by 4 Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP’s) back in November of 2007, losing both of his legs in the accident. Since then, he has received prosthetics and has learned to mobilize on his own. SPC Wells is not receiving the care he deserves. He applied for replacement knees, a back up pair of sockets and a pair of running legs on February 17th, 2012, to be obtained in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he has received his care since he began using his prosthetics. On April 11th, he embarked on a trip to Oklahoma(out of his own pocket) in order to assess the situation about his order. At this point, nothing had been done. By April 27th, a socket was broken which made it impossible for him to use his prosthetics at all. This makes a situation where it is next to impossible for SPC Wells to complete even simple daily activities and makes it especially hard for him to get out of the house. SPC Wells called the VA to inform them about the issue, and to put an order in for an extra pair of sockets, considering the fact that from time to time, they may break. SPC Wells was seen by the Chief of Prosthetics at the VA in Jackson, MS. He was informed that the order would be placed the following day. Unfortunately, this is very far from the truth. SPC Wells brought it to my attention on May 4th that it has been since February 17th of this year that he has been waiting on the replacement parts for his prosthetics. This is beyond unacceptable. The day is now May 5th, and yet, there have still been no advancements in information for SPC Wells. There are still no prosthetics. There have been no phone calls. This is not the care that we should give to our soldiers.
In a day and age where health care is a main talking point, it gets easy to get lost in the politics and the agendas that come from all sides of the table. There is one point that we can all agree on: our soldiers deserve the best of the best in health care and assistance in this country. This man made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country, yet, he has had to play a game of tug of war with our VA as well as some of the staff there. This type of thing needs to be brought to light so it does not continue to happen. SPC Wells has shown time and time again his strength, courage, and resistance to fight for his independence. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that the VA wants to help him with that battle, and that is why we must remind the public that this issue does exist. If our soldiers don’t receive the most immediate & useful care, then who does? Please write to your sitting representative and remind them that we care about our soldiers, their well-being, and we will fight to bring this issue that should never have existed in the first place. Thank you, SPC Wells, for the wonderful things that you have done for this country, and, with a little help, we can make sure that this same country you put your life on the line for will finally realize that you deserve immediate care when it is needed: for you never faltered when we needed you the most.