Soldier pays for armor

Army demanded $700 from city man who was wounded

By Eric Eyre - Staff writer | February 07, 2006

The last time 1st Lt. William “Eddie” Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood.

A field medic tied a tourniquet around Rebrook’s right arm to stanch the bleeding from shrapnel wounds. Soldiers yanked off his blood-soaked body armor. He never saw it again.

But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than a year ago.

He was leaving the Army for good because of his injuries. He turned in his gear at his base in Fort Hood, Texas. He was informed there was no record that the body armor had been stripped from him in battle.

He was told to pay nearly $700 or face not being discharged for weeks, perhaps months.

Rebrook, 25, scrounged up the cash from his Army buddies and returned home to Charleston last Friday.

“I last saw the [body armor] when it was pulled off my bleeding body while I was being evacuated in a helicopter,” Rebrook said. “They took it off me and burned it.”

But no one documented that he lost his Kevlar body armor during battle, he said. No one wrote down that armor had apparently been incinerated as a biohazard.

Rebrook’s mother, Beckie Drumheler, said she was saddened — and angry — when she learned that the Army discharged her son with a $700 bill. Soldiers who serve their country, those who put their lives on the line, deserve better, she said.

“It’s outrageous, ridiculous and unconscionable,” Drumheler said. “I wanted to stand on a street corner and yell through a megaphone about this.”



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This is just sickening! I mean, it's bad enough that our own U.S. troops have been denied overtime pay on the battlefield. Then their families have had to seek help back here in America from food and clothing shelters. Then we expose them to deadly Depleted Uranium that causes mutations in their children, or sterilization if their lucky not to die. 

Now they even have to pay for their own equipment, lost in the performance of their duty. I do support our troops, but this whole war in Iraq is a disaster. I don't support the wicked agenda of a reckless White House administration that lies, steal, and kills. I agree with Congressman Ron Paul concerning the Middle east Quagmire. If we're going to send our young people into harms way, they should get triple pay, and the best of the best. 

It makes me angry that the Bush Administration is sending out our young people to die, paying them peanuts; while the Bush gang is stealing hundreds of billions of dollars from American citizens in the form of future debt (that we'll never be able to pay off... and they know it!). Wake up! Every American should refuse to allow their children to be exploited for the agenda of a New World Order (Satanic dictatorship). Don't believe it, read these quotes and the history of the New World Order.

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