“They don’t treat you, and then they wait for you to get very sick, and then they say you’re too sick for a liver transplant,” says Martin Dames, a decorated Vietnam veteran, who contracted hepatitis C after his combat wounds became infected.
About 19,000 lives are claimed every year by the Hepatitis C virus, and that number is growing, and taking its toll on veterans, some of whom face challenges when seeking treatment for the disease through the Veterans Health Administration. Rarely showing signs until extensive liver scarring occurs, Hepatitis C is a chronic infection in about 80% of cases, and in some cases isn't discovered until it leads to cirrhosis — potentially lethal amounts of scarring of the liver.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.