Daily Mail Online (UK): ‘He’d still be here’: Mother’s agony


By Hannah Roberts

“An inconsolable mother has told of her heartbreak after an American soldier died before a helicopter could get him to hospital in Afghanistan.

It took a medical evacuation team 59 minutes to get U.S. Army Specialist Chazray Clark to a hospital, after receiving a call that a roadside bombing had severed three of his limbs.

The rescue helicopter was unable to swoop in for the pickup until another armed chopper arrived to provide cover.”

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“In a February 7 letter to a lawmaker, U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. Central Command, which oversees Afghanistan, would be directed to review guidelines on the use of escort aircraft.

The Army boasts that a service member wounded in Afghanistan currently stands a 92 percent chance of surviving — the best rate of any war.

Clark was among the 8 percent who didn’t.”

The entire article can be read here.

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