Gen. Petraeus: Do Not Deploy 82nd Airborne Brigade Again

Veterans for America applauds General David H. Petraeus for stating today in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he will probably recommend this fall that the U.S. military reduce its troop presence in Iraq by an additional Army Brigade Combat Team.
Veterans for America is deeply concerned about the stress placed on our Army's frontline units, and we urge General Petraeus not to again deploy the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, which is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, which has already been deployed three times since September 11, 2001, will be deployed again this fall, making it one of a handful of BCT's that will have seen four tours.

During its last Iraq deployment, which was extended to 15 months, the 3rd BCT suffered the highest fatality rates of any unit in the 82nd Airborne Division; according to VFA research, the 3rd BCT lost 49 Soldiers during its 15-month long deployment to Iraq.

We must start giving our troops rest. The churning of our frontline units has had an incredible negative impact on the health of our troops. We stand posed to irrevocably damage the lives of those who deploy multiple times if we don't allow them time to heal.

The members of the 3rd BCT -- 70 to 80% of whom have already been deployed to Iraq -- deserve more time at home to reconnect with family and friends, prepare for other contingencies and, most importantly, they deserve time to heal.

Tags: 82nd Airborne, Army, deployments, fort bragg, Iraq (all tags)

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It's a crime how the troops have been

misused and mistreated.

by heresjohnny 2008-05-22 10:21AM | 0 recs
Stress incredibly destructive to people physically

The US government and the military should take that into account when they do this to people, and accept that they often end up with permanent neurological and physiological issues after they have been put into stressful situations that do not relent for long periods of time.

For the same reason, I think we need to start working towards universal healthcare. Not only the military, but all of us, should not be put in the situation where we are put under extreme stress needlessly simply so some corporations can make obscene profits that are not common elsewhere in the world. When I see how little healthcare stressors effect people elsewhere relative to here it makes me cry. We are destroying our future by taking so much from people and not giving back.

Takers can only take so much, before things start breaking.

by architek 2008-05-22 10:22AM | 0 recs
Wanted: Sane Commander-in-Chief. Apply within.

The Naderites criticize Obama for his intention of fully funding and perhaps expanding the military, but what they don't realize is that Clinton cut it back (in many eyes, rightly, due to a lack of current wars) to balance the budget and Bush kept it small to test Rummy's belief that you could run constant wars on the cheap, Panama-style to constantly feed the military-industrial complex while simultaniously holding a propaganda tool.

Our military is not large enough to handle more than a couple large-scale engagements at a time while meeting all of our other protection commitments in places like the Balkans and Korea.

We need to return to a philosophy that respects our servicemen and women, because ultimately, a healthy military is an effective military.  What good is a highly-trained soldier if he has PTSD and might freeze under pressure?

by Dracomicron 2008-05-22 10:42AM | 0 recs
Korea

South Korea has the sixth largest economy in the world. Also, they emphatically seem to not want us there, as shown by the terrible way they treat US servicepeople these days. I am not trying to trivialize the threat to South Korea presented by the North, but they themselves ARE, so since they obviously CAN afford to defend themselves, WHY are we there?

The point I am trying to make is that we are DESTROYING our own future by prioritizing the military so highly at the expense of education and healthcare. Americans don't seem to realize just how far behind we are falling, even as incomes fall and jobs move elsewhere. Where do they think we got all the money that we have made in the past from, money trees?

It comes from being the best at what we did, but we can't do that without LOTS of skilled people.

It makes me scream - how little people realize this. The world will pass us by.

It already is.

by architek 2008-05-22 01:59PM | 0 recs
AGREED

I would rec this if I could.

You get phantom KUDOS!

by Veteran75 2008-05-22 11:30AM | 0 recs

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