Less than one day after his still drugged and bleeding son had been admitted, Rick Hardyman had to help his son out of the hospital in Washington DC.
“His mother and I were shocked; we had to go outside so he wouldn't see our emotions, just wondering what we are going to do.”
Later Sergeant Hardyman was told that his injuries would prevent him from being redeployed, so the hospital no longer treated him as a high priority. The family sat in the waiting room for an hour and a half as civilians filed in.
“It’s an embarrassment to our country that we send these boys to war and not be prepared to help them out. If we can’t help them out then we shouldn't go to war.”
Sergeant Hardyman admits that he could have been treated better, but people have taken notice and are trying to make sure it doesn't happen again to other injured soldiers.
“I’ve gotten several calls today of someone trying to at least find out what happened so it won’t happen to the next guy.”
Despite his troubles Sergeant Hardyman wants to go back to Iraq. And he would like every one to know that like most other, he refuses to back down.
“What we're doing is the right thing regardless of what things may seem; they just need to let us go there and finish the job.”