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Underreported: War Zone Contractors

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Civilian contractors like KBR have been used extensively in both Iraq and Afghanistan to support the American war efforts there, and up to 31,000 of them have been injured. Find out why these injured contractors have to fight insurance companies, including AIG, to get the medical care their injuries require. T. Christian Miller, a senior reporter for ProPublica, has co-written a story about the problems in the Los Angeles Times. We’ll also be joined by Tim Newman, who was injured while working in Iraq.

Guests:

T. Christian Miller

Comments [2]

Tim Newman from South Carolina

Josh, I'm the Tim from the interview and just wanted to let you know that Mercenary is such as broad term and unfortunately the teachers, cooks, electricians, truck drivers, firefighters and Cops that volunteer to do the job over there regardless of the personal reasons get offended at the label. The "Gun Runners" and real Mercenaries are a tiny group of the 150K+ contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan and 20 or more countries in the world. The friends that I lost overseas were not there for the money, they were there becaue they wanted to help and once there they fell in love with being a part of the big picture. I spent a life as a Marine and a Cop, I raised three great kids and two became Marines, they are the real Patriots but anyone who risk all as a part of our war, our defense or our way of life are to be respected and cared for. Also, we are not complaining that we had no insurance, we did, and our employers are required to provide it and the system is failing us and causing damaged Americans to suffer without a reason. Being from NYC respect for public servants is a big part of the new stereotype for a "New Yorker" The number of NYC Cops, Firefighers, Paramedics and normal citizens I worked with overseas outnumbered the rest and they don't consider themselves as Mers, They are just like you and me, Americans.

Apr. 23 2009 05:44 PM
josh from NYC

"contractor" is another name for mercenary. Why should I by sympathetic to these very highly paid mercenaries when they go into a war zone for pay and get hurt? These are not U.S. soldiers or patriots. Their plight is no worse than the average citizen that has no health insurance.

Apr. 23 2009 01:49 PM

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