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Comment by Martydecarlos from Sugar Land
Unbelievable: I am a 100 percent service connected veteran, and I want to say this is atrocious. I can't believe Franco was treated this way. I can't believe his chain of command would allow such an injustice to transpire.
Further to the Air Force Vet who wrote the first comment — I was given 60 percent disability by the Air Force, so yes, it can be up to active duty and the National Guard to determine disability. Granted, the VA deemed me 100 percent, but my initial rating was given by the U.S. Air Force.
I've spoken with Franco personally. He's entitled to be angry, and I think we all should give that to him. He got cancer, for Christ's sake. He didn't smoke. He didn't do anything wrong. He served his country honorably and for it, got cancer and nothing else. Seems just a bit unfair to me.
I think Texas senators should get involved with this. I think they could probably get to the bottom of what happened, so they could address those in charge and ensure it doesn't happen to any others.
I commend Jason for bucking the system and stepping forward to share his story. I'm ashamed to say I know of the people involved. I'm ashamed to say I have family in that unit.
Comment by Shelly
Ashamed: As a military veteran myself, I am saddened and ashamed that this is how those who protect this country's freedom are treated. As true, proud veterans of the United States military, we are supposed to support one another and help our fellow soldiers, marines, airmen, and seamen in any way, shape or form. I'm ashamed of the higher-ups who tried to hide, lie and cover up things. Of course, if this was the situation with any of them or their family members, things would have had a completely different outcome. God bless you, Jason, and your family. I truly hope this goes all the way to where it needs to in order for some changes to be made.
Comment by Vicki from Houston
Not surprising: I would like to say how shocked and appalled I am by this article, but I cannot. We all know how poorly our military men and women are and have always been treated. What is shocking to me is that there are still individuals willing to risk their lives for the sake of this country knowing how vets are treated. I honor their integrity for doing something I know in my heart of hearts I would never want my sons to do — hypocritical of me, perhaps. However, I would never be able to find peace if such an injustice was ever done unto either of my boys. I know I am not the only mother who thinks this either, and it scares me to even contemplate drafts being enforced.
This has been and will always be an ongoing battle for our veterans, which in itself is shameful. I hope this is not the end of media attention. My heartfelt appreciation and gratitude goes out to all men and women in the military, as well as their families — not just in times of war, but throughout the entire year.
Comment by Kathy from New Jersey
A Wrong Note
In the August 7 issue, we misidentified our BayouSphere subject, John Evans, who was the winner of our Best Songwriter category in this year's Houston Press Music Awards.
The Press regrets the error.