End the spending of tax dollars on plastic surgery sign now

Click http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1159361.htm to read the story as I did. Ill also post the article in the email so that you may compare or for those of you that can't click links in your email for whatever reason.

---Bigger breasts offered as perk to US soldiers---
(From www.abc.net.au July 22, 2004. 11:11am (AEST); link to article posted above)

The United States Army has long lured recruits with the slogan "Be All You Can Be" but now soldiers and their families can receive plastic surgery, including breast enlargements, on taxpayers' money.

The New Yorker magazine reports in its July 26 edition that members of all four branches of the US military can get face-lifts, breast enlargements, liposuction and nose jobs for free - something the military says helps surgeons practice their skills.

"Anyone wearing a uniform is eligible," Dr Bob Lyons, chief of plastic surgery at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio told the magazine, which said soldiers needed the approval of their commanding officers to get the time off.

Between 2000 and 2003, military doctors performed 496 breast enlargements and 1,361 liposuction surgeries on soldiers and their dependents, the magazine said.

The magazine quoted an Army spokeswoman as saying, "the surgeons have to have someone to practice on".

--Reuters

Ladies and gentlemen, you need to get active on this issue! These procedures cost thousands of dollars each, and given the overwhelming urge we Americans have to make ourselves look better, Id say this is a matter of urgency. Do you want your tax dollars to pay for liposuction and breast augmentation? Or how about knowing your hard-earned money isn't paying for armor and supplies for our soldiers, but for nose jobs, face-lifts, and collagen injections?

The current administration talks about how they need to spend money my grandchildren (and Im 24) haven't even earned yet to pay back the debt for this conflict in Iraq so that our soldiers can have what they need, and they turn around and permit this? It takes all of us to put a stop to this ridiculous and outright stupid waste of yours and my tax dollars, and put it where it belongs!

I urge all who read this to contact your congressman/woman and every senator on the hill and put a stop to this atrocity immediately! Sign this petition, then send this link to everyone with an email address and urge them to do the same! Bring some publicity to this embarrassment and shame to those who would even consider this acceptable practice! I, as a fellow citizen of this great country, urge you in this issue. I know that we can't tackle all the issues at once, but we can do it one at a time, and this is certainly one issue we can tackle. Lets all contact our congressman/woman and our senators and end this kind of wasteful spending.

Thank you for your time and prompt action in this matter.

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