Since 2001, over 22,600 soldiers have been pressed into signing such documents, affirming a pre-existing condition, making them ineligible for disability benefits, saving the military billions of dollars.
I had been covering veterans' issues for several years and thought I'd developed a thick skin. But the pain on the other end of the telephone line as Sergeant Chuck Luther told me his story was difficult to stomach.
Before we collectively start quaking in fear of a government takeover of health care it might make sense to slow down and consider that a fair amount of our health care system already has strong government involvement.
Ask any veteran and he or she will tell you that over the past several years New York City's Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs has done little or nothing to assist the hundreds of thousands of veterans in the city.
John McCain is afraid that if we give our soldiers a future, they may seize it, which is why he voted against the new G.I. Bill and why he is spinning that vote as patriotism and the product of experience.