Since the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, there has been a lot of talk about military contractors and what life is like for them once their mission is over.
Although many believe that these contractors make a lot of money, there are many that skim over the facts concerning these men and women and what life is really like for them.
These folks are just like you and me.
They are passionate about our country, they want to serve their country, and yet they get short-changed when it comes to getting medical services.
While they are under contract, they are covered, but once that job is completed the coverage for any injuries incurred is over.
Sounds awful right?
I mean, we put men and women on the front lines every day, and many never get injured. Many do get injured in the line of duty, but being a contractor puts a different spin on the lives they lead.
What really happens when it’s over?
Today, I’m going to share with you some valuable information about military contractors and what they face during their contracts and once the contracts are finished.
What You Should Know About Military Contractors
The military needs our support more than ever before, but what you may not realize is that military contractors put their lives on the line every single day.
Without a thought, we wake up every day and go through the motions without thinking what a serviceman or woman might be going through on our behalf.
Here are some basic facts that you should know about these dedicated men and women.
- They work for a corporation while contracting. You may not be aware that when contractors work with the military they are employed by a corporation. This means that they are classified as an employee. The actual employment contract is quite different from working a day-to-day job in terms of the nature of the work and the type of benefits these men and women receive. Many are paid every few weeks, and are generally given a decent salary for the job they are sent out to do.
- They are involved in a lot of planning and coordination. When a team leader is appointed, as depicted in the movie “13 Hours”, there is a lot of planning to be done. This means that from the time these men and women wake up, until the time they go to sleep, there is plenty to be done. Meetings, phone calls, and workouts are all planned. This doesn’t mean that they have zero down time, but it does depend upon the job they take as well as their daily duties.
- Healthcare is ONLY given until the contract is over. Everyone thinks that veterans get free healthcare. Healthcare coverage is granted during the contract, however, once the contract is over, those individuals are treated like absolute garbage. It’s as if they never existed, and it exemplifies that their existence was at best to get what the government needed out of them and that’s it. There is also no tracking system for issues that arise, such as the number of civilians that have committed suicide as the result of PTSD once they have served. It’s complicated, right?
- Combat related claims are reimbursed. While the rules on deadlines regarding contracts and when they expire is a little tricky, these individuals are reimbursed for combat related claims. The biggest challenge we face here is the number of claims that are made for PTSD. This is a real condition, and it should be managed. These men and women that risk their lives see things that most of you will only ever see in movies and read about in books. It’s difficult to imagine the demons they face while in other countries, and having a front row seat to murder, torture, and hard living.
Ultimately, these individuals are human beings that made the decision to help you and I live a better and freer life. These men and women give of themselves everyday to make sure that you and I can enjoy the freedoms our country offers.
It’s tough to say that it’s easy to pay for all of these claims, but if they are combat related shouldn’t they be covered for as long as these contractors need care?
I would certainly say so. I’m a veteran, and while I’ve not worked as a contractor, I know what they go through and what they are exposed to. It’s difficult for anyone in this situation to imagine what life is really like for military contractors.
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