I received an email note from MRS MSG McG, who had her bad knee replaced on Wednesday of this past week. She finally is home from the hospital. Thank you for your prayer support of her, my friends!
As many of you know, she's the wife of MSG McG, who was my Chaplain Assistant when we were in Iraq last year (my first time; his third -- how's that for selfless service on his part?).
A grateful nation thanks you, MSG McG!
Maybe not so much.
Did I mention that MSG McG's medical benefits from the Army ran out today? Without a job that provides medical coverage, he and his wife have no more health insurance.
And she now has a "preexisting condition."
À propos of this turn of events, here's a snippet of the message MRS MSG McG sent me:
It's so comforting to know how many of my compatriots "support the troops" while letting travesties such as this occur, isn't it?"It is really painful right now. I have to give myself shots in the stomach daily to keep my blood thinned, so I don't end up with blood clots. I know with God's help I will make it. The hardest part is with our insurance gone, I get no P.T., no in home health, nothing. Good thing I have God on my side. Please continue to keep me in your prayers."
Her husband has been to combat in Iraq THREE TIMES, and this is how we treat him and his family!
"... with our insurance gone, I get no P.T., no in home health, nothing."
Wow. I guess I'm very biased (this is, after all, just my *unofficial* opinion), perhaps because I felt so well-protected by then-SFC McG during our 169 religious support missions via air and almost four dozen via convoy when we were Down Range, so perhaps that's why this situation REALLY riles me up.
Then again, it may just be that I'm so upset about this because the simple fact that this has happened is unconscionable in excelsis. Moreover, the number of my own Soldiers who have no jobs to go home to in California, at this point -- and who may well wind up in a plight similar to that of MRS MSG McG and her husband -- frightens and saddens and angers me, so that's undoubtedly stoking the fires of my indignation at my friends' predicament.
In the interest of civility, I'd better let it go at that... and to that end I pray: "May God bless all those responsible for this injustice with every gift I could wish for myself or for those I love most."
I will say, though, that if this lack of medical coverage is the "gratitude" mustered by those who "support the troops [and their families]," I shudder to think what their ingratitude might look like!
(However, from what I'm hearing on the airwaves these days and reading in print, at least we can thank God that all those in our country who *deserve* insurance and access to medical care -- only those who can afford them -- have them, right?)
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ