THIS Is How We Take Care Of Our Soldiers

According to CBS 11 / TXA 21;

Last week, 20-year-old Colton Read, who grew up in Arlington and who’s now in the U. S. Air Force, went to have laparoscopic surgery to remove his gall-bladder at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento.

She says his Air Force general surgeon mistakenly cut her husband’s aortic valve, but waited hours to transport him to a state hospital which has a vascular surgeon. “It took them until 5:30 to get him to UC Davis.. I don’t understand.”

Because Read lost so much blood during that time, doctors had to amputate both legs. His mother sobbed, “I watched him take his first steps, and now his legs are gone.”

Not only does Colton still have his gall bladder – doctors can’t remove his gall bladder for fear of infection – the family cannot sue the military because of federal law Feres Doctrine.

But, we’re going to take care of our soldier now that we’ve cut off both his legs – right?


For now, Read’s wife says the military may place him on medical retirement… In which he’ll likely receive less than half his $1600 monthly salary. “I can’t understand why they won’t help him when they did this to him.”

Jessica and Colton Read

Jessica and Colton Read

They deserve better.



Filed under Healthcare, Soldiers

4 responses to “THIS Is How We Take Care Of Our Soldiers

  1. babybrover

    f**king disgusting. i wonder what he would answer if you asked him whether he still loves his country or not.

    • speakmymindblog

      I absolutely agree. I would venture to guess that as most soldiers would say – he still loves his country – just not his government………

  2. theautumnsnow

    Oh that’s not even the whole story. This same base has KILLED two people in routine surgery. Staff Sgt Dean Witt died in 2003 during an appendectomy. The second? Christopher White, died in 2002 during a shoulder surgery. But no, the air force is still untouchable. THAT’S F**king disgusting. Oh, and they’re talking about changing the Feres Doctrine? Yeah, not gonna happen. That was brought up in the other two deaths. That’s an old idea that never happened. I mean, come on. Doesn’t this seem like something the media would just be all over? But no, there’s a little blip about it in local news and then it’s gone. You can’t even find an article on poor Chris Elliot, just mention of him in the articles on Airman Read. Find that a little interesting? Kind of seems like someone is trying to hide something. The Air Force is and forever will be untouchable.,1,1394959.story?page=1

    • speakmymindblog

      How can these people live with themselves…………..I just don’t get it, our kids and our soldiers deserve the best – not what we give them.