Contractors in Iraq
By William B. Boyce
May 29, 2006
To the Editor,
I was a UXO/EOD Tech, Contractor for USA Environmental while
in Iraq. I was attacked by a Vehicular Suicide bomber in December
2004. After the attack I could not work at my job any more due
to severe headaches. The blast from the attack knocked me unconscious.
I was out for approximately 30 min.
Since arriving home, USAE, dropped all my benefits for myself
and my family because they were not "required" to take
care of people no longer working for them. I was dropped like
I do have limited coverage through the insurance company, but
nothing for my family and I if we or I have any injury not related
to the attack of the VBIED.
My family has had no insurance since January of 05, and we have
just recently applied to our state welfare system, and I am applying
for Social Security benefits. I am 48, not wanting to be a burden
to my State and Country, but I see no other recourse to help
I hurt, physically every day since the attack. My family hurts
every day as well. The emotional trauma that I feel, the physical
pain, it is as very debilitating, but the insurance (AIG) battles
me for any support I ask of them.
I am depressed because of my lack of being able to work (EOD-UXO)
and my family suffers with me. I'm not certain if I will be able
to save my marriage as well.
This accident, this job in Iraq has cost me more than I could
ever have imagined.
I pray to God every day to aid me in my recovery, and to aid
those other civilians who do not have the backing of their Government
and or their insurance companies.
William B. Boyce
Sunapee NH - USA
About: William B. Boyce served as a civilian contractor in Iraq
until injured during a suicide bomber attack as an unexploded
ordnance/explosive ordnance disposal technician.
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