"While more than 2,000 American soldiers have did in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in March, 2003, another 16,000 have been wounded, nearly half so severely they didn't return to duty." (The Sunday Rutland Herald/Times Argus, October 30th, 2005)
The soldier whose story was detailed is Walt Gaya, who has lost the sight of one eye. It is possible for him that he still will be able to follow his dream of becoming a photographer despite this handicap.
What is most shocking about his story is that his natiuralization ceremony was scheduled eight days after he was injured. One would think that his naturalization would proceed automatically. After all this man has already served this country well. But now the Immigration and Naturalization Service has refused to renew his Green Card, which gave him permanent residency, or to tell him how he should proceed toward naturalization!
Is this another example of this administration's unwillingness to support the soldiers it is sending into harm's way?
And we as the citizenry can assume that at present there are some 8,000 soldiers and their families who will be needing our help and support in one way or another, perhaps for the rest of their lives. And more to come as long as the Iraq war continues...