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Waiting Game
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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... The few, the proud, the disabled ...

Lying on a hospital bed, covered
with sheets of pain and memories,
he remembers when he took the
oath of office, swearing to defend

the Nation against all enemies,
foreign and domestic.  He recalls
the exact moment when time came
to a halt, when he became one of

the few, the proud, the disabled.
He didn't know it at the time, but
the enemy was in his own backyard:
the purple heart given as a thank you

for his sacrifice won't replace the
legs he lost, won't bring his buddies
back, won't pay the bills or put food
on the table.  He's waiting for the VA

to make a decision on his appeal ...
last time, they said he wasn't disabled
enough.  That was before this latest
infection:  he's got nothing but time.

(c) 2008, Karla Dorman (2/27) 

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/29/2008
So sad to read about those forgotten in times of need!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 2/28/2008
Our country has a history of turning its back on those who willingly serve. Many left to wait with little hope.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Michael Guy 2/28/2008
I can't believe the same politicians that send young men into war would not do all to be sure their injuries are compensated financially for the sake of their futures and families! Yet, it has been happening since at least the Vietnam years. In the end that's why you have to have organizations like AM-Vets! As I've said politicians make the wars - the young men pay for them!
Reviewed by Charlie 2/28/2008
A hard, hard thing to take-- heart-rending, really-- the things we ask these brave people to do for us, and then the cold shoulder we give them for doing their best-- doling out medals as if they were meals that would last a life time-- as if they were medicine that with just one dose, you'd be cured... sickening! --Charlie
Reviewed by Sandra Hartsell 2/28/2008
Wow! I love this. It is so sad though that he cannot get disability. He gave up his legs and gave up his friends to serve our country and our country will not take care of him. That is so sad. I pray that he will get his disability, so that he can pay his bills and have food on the table. Thank you for reading Fear.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/28/2008
Powerful message in the hard hitting piece Karla, excellent job!
love, Carole~
Reviewed by John Leko 2/28/2008
...infected minds of indecision...medal in time...while hearts turn the process.
well gone and well said Karla...
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 2/28/2008
Games played, like these, always end up scattered on the floor with one sorry loser defending his stand on political bull crap, and the other just trying to pick up the pieces...maybe, to savor for nostalgia purposes...?... because, I'm more than positive he dares not play again, even if he could!
Your pen speaks volume, Karla
Love and Peace to you!
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 2/28/2008
Your poem touches the mind and heart, especially of those of us who have friends or loved ones who are war-torn survivors--still trying to survive. For me, this is one of your best, Karla.
Reviewed by Donna Quesinberry 2/28/2008
~decision-making for people with disabilities is the most inhumane activity our Government participates in to my mind~

each and every tier of disability decision-making is plagued with a concept that you are not disabled enough and it takes years to acquire the much needed benefits that make their best end-result with the most immediacy

with the types of explosives used in this latest and greatest war - according to the men in charge - the loss of limb or rattled brain is the hoped for results of our enemies

the Wounded Warrior program is devised to compensate but is only occasionally awarded to humanitarians and more often awarded to more money hungry contractors - i know i've written the responses

Karla keep the faith - and the perseverance - and penning the reality.

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 2/28/2008
Oh Karla this is so sad but so true, My husband was Military for 28 years and now he is with the Reserves and his job is making sure the Veterans etc. get everything they are entitle to without delay. Too many are tossed aside when they deserve the world on a golden plater. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/28/2008
He's waiting for the VA
to make a decision on his appeal ...

And far too many of them, wait, and wait, and wait, these very sad days.
Reviewed by E. Richardson 2/28/2008
Karla...beautiful composition here...while I have seen you work with this message before, the construction with its delightful and well constructed quatrains is different for you...and you did good! Great flow, and rhythm.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/28/2008
A War Veteran got his medal forwarded with a bill for handling and posting of $ 57.39, he returned the damn thing unpaid.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 2/28/2008
Sad and touching write, Karla.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 2/27/2008
sad, sad, sad... thanks for being a voice for the armed forces, Karla!
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/27/2008
a poignant write-things should not be this way-let your voice be heard!
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 2/27/2008
Our government is full of greed, and unbelief. God will judge the unrighteous, and kick 'em out of office. This is so true. I've talked to a few military vets, and they say the same things written here. Thanks for sharing, Karla.
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 2/27/2008
A wake up poem! Good job.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/27/2008
Oooh, Karla, you're sure to raise some people's blood pressure (including MINE!!) with this heartbreaking slice of reality for far too many of our brave soldiers who gave all to defend our nation. Too many times the veterans are the ones who end up suffering needlessly while those who do the killing/shooting get off scott-free. Shame on our nation for treating our veterans like they were
expendable! Our veterans (past, current, and future) deserve nothing but the BEST! Very well penned; brava, Karla! This needs to be sent to be shouted from the rooftops: ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!

Let's give our veterans the treatment and respect they RIGHTFULLY deserve!!!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 2/27/2008
You know...if I worked fcor the VA I'd be leading the way for our VETS to get top notch medical care immediately. That;s why I don't work there. They full of nepotism emploee realted job/careers. They need to be thoroughly investigated.
These people gave life and limbs while they push a pencil.It's all friggin crazy!
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