Wednesday, September 21


First off, let me freely admit that I'm one of those people who sent an email to Frank Laughter, author of the "Common Sense Junction" blog, during his recent hiatus from blogging. Our cyberspace-friendship had in recent weeks evolved into an exchange of telephone calls and Frank had come to share with me some of the details of his wife's serious illness and the care he's been providing for her. So, when the posts stopped being published at his site, I naturally became fearful that his wife had experienced a relapse and made an email inquiry of him.

That said and with this post today, Frank has resurfaced, but the story he tells of his granddaughter's third miscarriage is horrifying and the medical issues he points to may, truth be known, depict scandalous issues within the Department of Defense's medical program for service men and women and their dependents. Frank's granddaughter was among the latter, married as she is to a member of the United States Air Force.

Writes Frank (excerpted from the referenced post):

I’m still not ready to explain the whole situation and the aftermath because I don’t want to go off half-cocked and make false statements concerning the military.

My beef (it) concerns my granddaughter who my wife and me helped raise. A serious health problem has emerged as she just lost twins through her third miscarriage, all occurring since her husband entered the Air Force. They’re stationed at Langley AFB, Va., and the miscarriage and her near death was clearly brought on by malpractice by AF doctors who were “too busy” to see her for six-weeks immediately preceding this last miscarriage.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Under the AF’s dependent-care insurance carrier rules she was sent straight home after the miscarriage. But as one might expect, a few hours later she went into shock because they had not cleaned out her uterus. By this time her husband had learned a lesson and didn’t go back to the hospital near Langley. Instead, fearing for her life, he drove 20 miles to the ER of a Naval hospital near Norfolk. There she finally received attention and proper treatment — FROM A NAVY DOCTOR, not some HMO quack.

Where was her husband during the first round of boondoggles? Why naturally he was on base preparing for deployment overseas (to Iraq?). UFB! — I’ll have more to say on this later.

Do read the entire post.

What concerns me is that Frank may be on to something that needs investigative analysis and the kind of bar-raising that only the big readership blogs can effect.

I pray that someone reads Frank's post and runs with it, helping him to get some attention focused on circumstances under which military personnel and their dependents may be grossly short-changed in receiving what should be first-rate medical care during a time of war.

The kind of personal sacrifices only those in uniform and their families understand should not include marginal healthcare.

Who out there in the blogosphere will step up?

(PS: You may want to start with a letter to Charles S. Abell, Frank!)