Project Censored #25: “Chaptered Out”: US Military Seeks to Balance Budget on Backs of Disabled Veterans”

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By Carter Gaskill & Crystal Lau (Student Researchers) and Brett R. O'Bannon & Kevin Howley (Faculty Evaluators) at DePauw University  | Project Censored

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Editor's Note: Project Censored is an important news service. It publishes a book every year, called The 25 Most Censored Stories of 20… Most likely, these are news stories that have missed your radar, but which you are likely to find informative and enlightening, if not mind-expanding. These stories are from the latest release. Project Censored is personally dear to me for helping me to become a more critical and lateral-minded thinker. It bring us news stories that did not make it on to every network, but I would submit not for lack of newsworthiness (although I invite you to judge that for yourself), but rather because of the infotainment and corporate-sponsored nature of modern news. I have missed seeing Project Censored mentioned in popular alternative media and I thought that Conscious Life News might just be the perfect place to change that. I will attempt to have 2 of these articles appear per week here in Conscious Life News. So, be on the look-out for them as we count down from #25 to #1. We begin with an article about mistreatment of wounded and disabled veterans by the military, itself. Given the sacrifice that our military men and women give in service to their country, this story needs to be known.

 

The US military has been engaged in a policy of forcing wounded and disabled veterans out of service to avoid paying benefits and to make room for new able-bodied recruits. Identifying injured combat soldiers as delinquent and negligent has lead to a practice called “chaptering out” which results in those soldiers being forced to leave the military without an honorable discharge. Because of this, thousands of soldiers have been chaptered out, losing federally sponsored benefits including health care, unemployment, and educational programs.


Dave Philipps, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, exposed this practice through his story of Purple Heart recipient Sergeant Jerrald Jensen.

Jensen, a decorated two-tour Afghanistan war veteran and recovering active-duty sergeant, was forced from the army without benefits for what army officials called “a pattern of misconduct.” Jensen failed to pass a urine test after being prescribed drugs for his injuries. He was also written up for being late to an appointment. Jensen made numerous attempts to be retested but was chaptered out by his superiors. “They told me that I didn’t deserve to wear the uniform now, nor did I ever deserve to wear it,” Jensen told Al Jazeera America.

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Sources: Dave Philipps, “Left Behind, No Break for the Wounded,” Colorado Springs Gazette, May 20, 2013, https://cdn.csgazette.biz/soldiers/day2.html & Sheila MacVicar, “76,000 Soldiers ‘Chaptered Out’ of Veterans’ Benefits Since 2006,” Aljazeera America, November 9, 2013, https://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/america-tonight-blog/2013/11/11/exclusive-76-000soldierschapteredoutofmilitarybenefitssince06.html.

 

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