D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot
While American families are getting lots and lots of goodies from the government this week (free money!) our troops are getting just the opposite—food poisoning.
For the second time in recent weeks, National Guard troops in the D.C. area have been given bad food. And the results have been devastating.
5100 troops remain on duty at the U.S. Capitol and many recently complained of undercooked food, including raw meat. As a result, approximately 50 of them were treated for gastrointestinal issues. Six were treated at outpatient military facilities. Others were treated at an aid station.
Guard members have complained for nearly three weeks about the foods they’ve been served. Complaints include: poor food quality, undercooked meat, and a lack of vegetarian options.
Keep in mind that many of these guards stand outdoors for hours on end (up to 12 hours at a time). Many have resorted to spending their own money to purchase food, out of fears of food poisoning. They don’t trust the food they’re given.
I can’t help but contrast this with the news that families are going to be getting more stimulus money. And then there’s the news that the child tax credit has been expanded.
More for the people.
Bad meat for the troops.
Oh, I know it wasn’t intentional. But the contrast is etched in my mind and I can’t get it to go away. (We can’t even give them a basic, healthy meal, after all they’ve done for us?)
Then again, maybe I’m biased. I happen to think our military deserves the very best. They’re already been through months of unnecessary drama in what I’m calling “The D.C. Saga.” They deserve filet mignon, not raw food. They deserve our thanks and our respect.
I was glad to hear that Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson (chief of the National Guard) is making sure his guardsmen are going to get healthy meals. He’s taking this foodborne illness very seriously and will make sure his troops have safe/nutritious meals from this point foreword.
Food for the guards is provided by contractors and is now undergoing rigorous repeat inspections to keep this from happening again.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has called for per diems for the troops. They’re also asking for retroactive payments for members who had to purchase meals because of worries about sanitation and safety.
Looks like I’m not the only one who believes our troops deserve the very best. Kudos to those who are looking out for our men and women in uniform. And kudos to those stalwart troops, who (in my humble opinion) have been unnecessarily used for political purposes over the past two months.
They deserve better.