By Scott Stambaugh | Cherokee Scout | Cherokee Scout | August 23, 2011
Andrew Long, a U.S. Navy corpsman shot in Afghanistan in October, has transferred to the Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Florida, a Veterans Administration facility that provides intensive rehabilitative care to veterans.
The transfer comes after nearly a year of recuperation at various VA facilities, as well as at home in Murphy. It required much lobbying by Long for the transfer to be affected.
Long, who is still technically on active duty, said the Navy was unreceptive to his lobbying and the transfer would not have happened without the intervention of the U.S. Marine Corps and affiliate organizations. Long was attached to a Marine Corps unit at the time of his injury.
“[The Navy] didn’t want to pay for the move, they didn’t want to pay me to go down there. They pretty much just sent me home and forgot about me, and said, ‘Take care of your own [problems].’ They left it up to me to find my rehab places, to find my tri-care and work all my insurance out. So the Navy has done nothing,” Long said. Read the rest of this entry »