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God bless American troops this Thanksgiving weekend. Various stories came out recently, which I read this weekend, and they really concerned me. I am really concerned for the health of our American troops serving in Afghanistan. See some notes below from the stories that so concerned me. Again, God bless American troops. Links from around the GWOT, with my notes and concerns. LInks and notes:
One soldier had a shrapnel injury to the bowel. When Culhane operated, he found that a piece of shrapnel had severed both the soldier’s bowel and a foot-long intestinal worm.
The running joke between patient and staff, according to Culhane: “We should get two purple hearts – one for the soldier, one for the worm.”
By Mayo Clinic staffBrucellosis can affect almost any part of your body, including your reproductive system, liver, heart and central nervous system. Chronic brucellosis may cause complications in just one organ or throughout your body. Possible complications include:
- Infection of the heart’s inner lining (endocarditis). This is one of the most serious complications of brucellosis. Untreated endocarditis can damage or destroy the heart valves and is the leading cause of brucellosis-related deaths.
- Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is marked by pain, stiffness and swelling in your joints, especially the knees, hips, ankles, wrists and spine. Spondylitis — inflammation of the joints between the bones (vertebrae) of your spine or between your spine and pelvis — can be particularly hard to treat and may cause lasting damage.
- Inflammation and infection of the testicles (epididymo-orchitis). The bacteria that cause brucellosis can infect the epididymis, the coiled tube that connects the vas deferens and the testicle. From there, the infection may spread to the testicle itself, causing swelling and pain, which may be severe. Brucellosis can also affect the prostate gland and kidneys.
- Central nervous system infections. These include potentially life-threatening illnesses such as meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, and encephalitis, inflammation of the brain itself.
By Mayo Clinic staffBrucellosis affects many wild and domestic animals. Cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, dogs, camels, wild boar and reindeer are especially prone to the disease. A form of brucellosis also affects harbor seals, porpoises and certain whales. The bacteria spread from animals to people in three main ways:
- Raw dairy products. Brucella bacteria in the milk of infected animals can spread to humans in unpasteurized milk, ice cream, butter and cheeses. The bacteria can also be transmitted in raw or undercooked meat from infected animals.
- Inhalation. Brucella bacteria spread easily in the air. Farmers, laboratory technicians and slaughterhouse workers can inhale the bacteria.
- Direct contact. Bacteria in the blood, semen or placenta of an infected animal can enter your bloodstream through a cut or other wound. Because normal contact with animals — touching, brushing or playing — doesn’t cause infection, people rarely get brucellosis from their pets. Even so, people with weakened immune systems should avoid handling dogs known to have the disease.
Brucellosis normally doesn’t spread from person to person, but in a few cases, women have passed the disease to their infants during birth or through their breast milk. Rarely, brucellosis may spread through sexual activity or through contaminated blood or bone marrow transfusions.
Still, it appears there are no lessons learned from illnesses our troops are suffering, as evidenced by the VA presumptive list. It seems US troops are getting terribly sick from worms and other parasites and illnesses from eating goat, and other exposures in Afghanistan.
4.) This next story mentions they are going to eat goat and sheep at FOB Payne’s outposts. I think the eating of Afghan food like this should be FORBIDDEN, as you can see the VA is treating as presumptive illness many diseases and parasites including Brucellosis noted above.
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Leaders did what they could to bring the holiday to Helmand, a region of mud-walled villages and fields crisscrossed with canals. The area had been a Taliban stronghold before a surge of forces came here more than two years ago and blunted the insurgents’ momentum.
Dining facilities served traditional turkey dinners. Thanksgiving banners and decorations were hung along the walls and a cake was elaborately festooned with a caramel turkey. At one outpost, Marines were looking forward to a special feast of sheep and goat from a local market.
Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, who was visiting Marine bases throughout Helmand on Thursday, acknowledged it was tough to be away from family on Thanksgiving. But in talks to Marines, he referred to the bonds they had developed.
“This is your family right now,” Neller told one group.
Hughes agreed. “You live with someone every day, they become family,” he said, picking at his pie.
Neller encouraged the Marines who are on their first combat deployment to draw wisdom from their colleagues who have been here before.
The shared hardship and danger has strengthened the bonds here. HospitalmanChristopher Archuletta, a 24-year-old Navy corpsman who is serving with the Marines, was with the team that ran over the roadside bomb the day before Thanksgiving.
“It brought us a lot closer today,” he said.
Hughes, a sniper team leader who is on his third combat tour, said he was glad to be here. Experiences like these are the reason he joined the Marines. “The majority of my guys enjoy being here,” Hughes said.
He acknowledged that most civilians would find that difficult to understand.
“My family doesn’t get it, either,” he said.
The Afghanistan war goes on while Americans at home enjoy a three-day weekend for Labor Day. God bless our troops who labor for us, killing the enemy before he kills us, putting their lives on the line to secure our country from attack.
The death count continues to rise for American troops in Afghanistan, say a prayer for the families of the fallen, and for those still out on the battlefield to kill the enemy before the next American soldier falls. God bless the USA.
Links from around the GWOT:
1.) American Marine lance corporal killed in combat in Afghanistan, his unit remembers:
2.) Clemency or pardons need to be issued to American troops who are part of the “Leavenworth 10” who are in the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas for actions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If the U.S. is forgiving and letting go Afghan and Iraqi murderers of U.S. troops and other criminals, the U.S. government should forgive and release U.S. military prisoners in the “Leavenworth 10”. Excellent story by Diana West. Alan West will speak in Kansas at a rally for the prisoners. Link:
3.) Marine signs up at age 17, KIA in Afghanistan at 24:
4.) Marines work to win hearts and minds of Afghans. Now, I have to ask, isn’t this being culturally insensitive to the natives? God bless our Marines. Link:
5.) Female door gunner, takes shot to helmet, lives; earns Purple Heart:
6.) Husky drivers hunt for bombs in Afghanistan: