"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
West Virginia’s two U.S. senators asked top military leaders Tuesday to explain why 1st Lt. William “Eddie” Rebrook IV had to reimburse the U.S. Army $700 last week for body armor and other gear damaged after he was seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
More than 200 people —from West Virginia and across the country — donated more than $5,700 to Rebrook after reading about his body armor payment to the Army.
Rebrook, 25, who was medically discharged from an army base in Fort Hood, Texas, last week, said he wouldn’t keep the donations. He’s passing along the money to charity and a Louisiana woman who lost her home in Hurricane Katrina. He said the woman’s son helped save his life in Iraq.
It would be nice if our government would step up and pay for things like replcement of a wounded soldier's body armor, or a place for the homeless mother of a war hero to live, but until that happens it's good to know that there are decent people to help out.