Some of our readers may have watched it. Regardless, it is timeless and priceless. Especially in view of the shameful backlog our injured combat veterans face when applying for or trying to get disability status, benefits or medical treatment.
It is about a contractor who hurt his foot playing football in military prep school many, many years ago. Who never served on active duty, who somehow still managed to play football in college and who, decades later is claiming that his hurt ankle has rendered him a service-disabled veteran and is using that hurt ankle to get preferred treatment in government contracts as a “service-disabled veteran-owned small business.”.
It just so happens — oh the delicious irony — that this man, eight months ago, got the opportunity to face Iraq veteran and hero, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.),who lost both her legs and still could lose her arm from injuries she received as a combat helicopter pilot.
Duckworth asks the “disabled veteran,” “Does your foot hurt?”
He answers “yes.”
Duckworth then says, “My feet hurt too. In fact, the balls of my feet burn continuously, and I feel like there’s a nail being hammered into my heel right now. So I can understand pain and suffering, and how service connection can actually cause long-term, unremitting, unyielding, unstoppable pain.”
But I have said enough.
Watch the video.
Lead Photo of Tammy Duckworth: DOD
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.