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Friday, March 09, 2007
Drawing on Walter Reed
In this latest installment of our "Drawing On" cartoon series, three I-Report cartoonists tackle the same politically charged topic: problems at Walter Reed Medical Center, where many U.S. veterans receive care. (Check out the earlier rounds here: Academy Awards, Iran and Iraq, Anna Nicole Smith.)

Scroll down to see them all, then let us know which one you like best -- and why -- by posting a comment. Better yet, send your own cartoon response.


Take 1: 'No idea' - Cartoonist Dean Turnbloom



Take 2: 'Sacrificed' - Cartoonist Brixton Doyle



Take 3: 'Potholes' - Cartoonist Jim Brenneman



Now let's talk: Sound off by sending a comment, or pick up your pen and draw your own take on this week's topic.
This is so horrible a story I have difficulty finding the words to describe it. Whatever your view of the war, Our troops are our children, our fathers, our mothers, sisters, brothers, friends. They are fighting for our country. Yes, I said they are fighting for our country. The war may be a sham, a badly run attempt to profit from the misfortune of others. But the troops went over for our president, our nation, for us. They must be cared for with everything we have. It is the ultimate disgrace when we dishonor them.
It is a horrible story and unfortunately it's probably just the tip of the iceberg. There is no excuse for treating soldiers and their families this way. These brave people voluteer to go and do their jobs in foreign countries because they believe in what that job is and this is how they are treated when they come back broken and battered??? And by people who are members of the armed services also! They deserve much better treatment from their own and from all of us.
I think we can all agree that the men and women who carry our water deserve more than to be lying in their own urine. I have worked in many hospitals and the described treatment at Walter Reed is beyond a political scandal - it is inhumane.

Mr. Brixton's cartoon describes it quite aptly - these men and women have already sacrificed so much. They deserve our best treatment - much more than a magnetic yellow sticker on your SUV.
Frankly, I like the cartoon with the continental soldiers waiting in line for their exam. So perfect a drawing it could stand by itself with no writing.
I have two suggestions to offer, to fix Veterans and servicemens health care. First issue All Veterans and Servicemen Medicare Cards. Second, Veterans and Servicemen are unable to sue the VA and the Military for benifits, but Social Security Elgible persons can sue Social Security, including Illegal Aliens. So, turn the whole VA & Military Mess over to Social Security, which Congress does allow individuals to sue. Lawyers even advertise "We sue Social Security." Eventually, the US Presidency needs to be broken up into three parts, first a National Security, second, an Industrial Security, and third a Social Security Presidency, each with its own Treasury Departmen, but jointly appointing New Persons to the shared Justice Department, IRS, Judicary, etc. Childhood education should be the province of the Social Security Presidency; Education after the Second Grade should be the province of the Industrial Security Presidency. These few limited suggestions, while far reaching, are only the start of what is needed.
The second one.

It gets you right in the heart strings.

He could be speaking for any wounded soldier/sailor/airman.

I grew up near Walter Reed and I never knew it was like this. My b/f, himself a US Army veteran, seems to think that this is nothing new, poor care for wounded soldiers has always been there, and no one is really going to do anything to change this. It never has changed, not in the last 40 years at least.

How sad.
The one by Brixton Doyle says it all. I know the expectation of cartoons is to make us chuckle...this one doesn't, and considering the subjct, shouldn't.
...Excelent point made!!!!!
This is a tough topic to portray in a cartoon. There is nothing funny about it. I appreciate Mr. Doyle's cartoon for not even trying. I have to say it's a little difficult to look at it even. As is the situation he portrays. Nice Job
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