Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Condemns Faulty Wiring by Our Contractor in Iraq

Summer 2008

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) condemns the sloppy work by government contractor KBR that has caused the electrocution of American service members in Iraq and offers its condolences to their families for these truly needless losses.

KBR has failed to fix known electrical problems, which have resulted in the deaths of 11 service people and 2 contractors in Iraq since 2003 and has subsequently failed to show up for Congressional investigations into these deaths.

The contractor has a history that goes back to incidents in the Balkans in 1999 and 2000 in which it was alleged to have overcharged the Army for construction and other support services. In those cases, the company agreed to pay $8 million to settle the allegations.

A civilian Army official, Charles M. Smith, was recently forced from his job after questioning other charges from KBR.

KBR must cooperate fully with Congressional investigators and should not be eligible to receive any other Federal contracts until all matters of abuse, shoddy work, and overpayment have been successfully investigated.

Most importantly, no other Americans should have their lives put in jeopardy by shoddy and dangerous construction. When these brave service people are already putting themselves in harm’s way, everything possible should be done to give them the safest environment possible while they are serving their country.

They are giving us their best, and they deserve the best in return.

 

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