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“To care for him who shall have borne the battle”

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, 4 March 1865

If there is anyone who follows this blog that is unaware of the recent report in the Washington Post on the absolutely shameful conditions some of those who have borne the current battle have had to endure, here is the opening paragraph and a link to the full story.

Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration at Army’s Top Medical Facility

Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 18, 2007; Page A01

Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan’s room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

Comments (1) to ““To care for him who shall have borne the battle””

  1. Ethan,
    Thanks for posting this. I nearly cried as I read it the other day. I get my daily news summary from the Early Bird, and it’s been fun to watch the daily progression of WP articles describing the immediate reaction to the story. In this instance, the press is doing its job!
    Charles