What Do You Think?

April 24, 2010

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's website was: Should family members who provide care for severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans receive financial assistance?

Poll results:

Yes: 759 votes (86 percent)

No: 120 votes (14 percent)

o "I have a friend who is a quadriplegic and his parents assist with a lot of his care. I think that these soldiers who go to war for our freedoms and come back like him should not have to worry about anything at all. This to me is unacceptable. God bless all of our troops and their families who sacrifice their lives for our freedoms."

o "Of course we should support our wounded vets to the utmost. And let's try not to send any more of our soldiers off to unnecessary wars after this."


o "Yes, we should give them financial assistance. They would provide others with disabilities the same assistance. Why should our military be treated differently?"

o "Yes, regardless of the injury or what caused the injury. This is a minimal benefit we owe to those who agreed to give their all for their country. The brave men and women on the battlefields should be able to rest assured that they and their families will be taken care of in every occurrence of these types. ... If we bail out corporations and ignore veterans, the U.S. has no conscience."

o"The health care of anyone injured in the military, at any severity level, should be taken care of 100 percent by the taxpayers, even if that means direct assistance to the family. 'Severely' is too subjective anyway. Who is going to determine what 'severe' is? A government health panel?"

o "Absolutely yes. I can't believe some people would actually vote no. My son is currently in Afghanistan serving his country proudly and I know that I would leave my job in a heartbeat to take care of him if, God forbid, something would happen."

o"It should be a given that a veteran gets injured, he or she will be taken care of forever."

o"I'm all for providing for the veterans' needs. The term 'family members' is far to broad - cousins, uncles and aunts? I'm not in favor of handing out our tax money in that fashion. The vet can pay whomever they want to provide the care they require, including family members."

o"Not in all cases. If the family members are qualified, yes. Otherwise, let a professional handle it."

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