This is from the Anchorage Daily News.
"Our view: Pentagon is off base - Rule on combat-related injuries denies vets, defies sense.
"Fix the rule. Right away.
"That's the best response to the story by the Los Angeles Times about how the Pentagon's redefinition of 'combat-related' disabilities cut a Marine corporal and an Army sergeant out of thousands of dollars of disability compensation. Combat-related wounds draw higher compensation than other injuries.
"The Marine corporal was wounded twice in Iraq, by a roadside bomb and a land mine. He's suffered traumatic brain injury, dislocated hip, hearing loss and post-traumatic stress disorder.
"The Army sergeant shattered a hip and crushed her back and knees when she dove for cover during a mortar attack. She's had surgeries and has at least three more to come.
"Both were told there disabilities were not combat-related.
"The Pentagon's explanation is that it had to narrow its definition of 'combat-related injuries' to conform with the Wounded Warrior Law passed by Congress in January."
Read the entire article here.
The LA Times article is here.