News: Iraqi Interpreters’ Medical Care

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The Denver Post reports on the medical care received by Iraqi interpreters working for the US military.

The military, currently relying on about 5,490 local-hire interpreters, couldn’t
account for what happens to those wounded. Iraqi linguists “are contracted
employees . . . eligible for emergency care when the injury will
result in loss of life, limb or eyesight,” said Navy Lt. David Russell,
spokesman for the multinational forces in Iraq. Further care depends on
contractors, he said.

The article accutely describes the serious risk of bodily harm interpreters face in the field and the obligation the US has to provide for these Iraqis’ medical care.

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