The author of the article in the International Herald Tribune is Lieutenant Paul Rieckhoff, who recently returned from Iraq, where he led a platoon in the 3rd Infantry Division for 10 months. He is founder and executive director of Operation Truth, an advocacy and educational organization created to support American troops in Iraq.

"First, in the dog days of August 2003, while Congress recessed, the Pentagon quietly cut payments for imminent danger and family separation. (...) The administration cited budgetary concerns for this pay cut..."

"Family members of the service men and women serving in Iraq recognized the equipment shortage. Throughout America, worried parents and spouses bought expensive flak jackets and other critical gear and sent it to their loved ones by FedEx."

"Faced with desperate troop shortages, particularly in the army, the administration has begun to disregard its agreements with service members."

Interesting article...