BRIAN ROSS REPORTS ON MAIMED AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO SAY THEY FEAR RETURNING HOME TO LIVES OF POVERTY BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT
ISN'T GIVING THEM THE HELP THEY NEED
Also: A Hidden Camera Report Reveals What Some of Us Do -- Or Don't Do --
When We See a Stranger in Crisis
And: A New Film Explores the Work of Pioneering Sex Researcher Alfred Kinsey
"Primetime Live" Airs Thursday, October 14 at 10:00 p.m., ET
Brian Ross has the troubling story of four American soldiers seriously wounded in Iraq who say they face impoverishment. The men say they can no longer work in their former fields due to the injuries they sustained -- and, they say, the government has done little or nothing to help them. Ross reports that these soldiers -- one of whom is living out of his car -- and others like them are returning home from war with devastating injuries and only the promise of modest military pensions. The government, these soldiers say, must devise a plan to help them and their disabled comrades survive on the home front. "PRIMETIME LIVE" airs THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
A year after Staff Sgt. Peter Damon, a National Guardsman from Brockton, MA, lost both arms in an accident, he still hasn't been told what he can expect in disability payments and has no idea how he will support his family. Ross reports that the military provides no lump payments for catastrophic injuries such as his. Army Specialist Tyson Johnson of Mobile, AL, was badly injured when a mortar round exploded outside his tent. Johnson, like the other soldiers, says the medical care he has received has been excellent. But while he was still in a hospital bed, he says, the Army sent him a letter demanding he repay his enlistment bonus. He tells "Primetime" that the Pentagon's collection agency has been hounding him to repay the money and, he says, made it impossible for him to get a line of credit. Johnson has yet to even receive his Purple Heart medal.
Staff Sgt. Larry Gill of Semmes, AL, lost the use of his leg after a grenade exploded near him during a Baghdad street protest. While the military has presented him with his Purple Heart, it so far has not offered Sgt. Gill a plan for how he can make a living in civilian life. He says he will have to live off a small, monthly disability payment. Gill says as things now stand he will need to sell his home to make ends meet. Staff Sgt. Ryan Kelly of Abilene, TX, was a public affairs specialist for the Army severely injured when his unarmored Humvee was attacked. The military has not paid for him to go home or for his family to visit. He says he and other soldiers have had to rely on money they could borrow, or on charity, to see their loved ones. "Guys I've met...they'd be better off financially for their families if they had died, as opposed to coming back maimed," he says.
Ross also speaks with the top army general involved with such issues, who has some surprising comments about these men's specific situations and the broader problems facing other seriously injured soldiers like them.
Also: We sometimes encounter situations that require us to decide whether or not to intervene in other people's business, reports John Quiqones. But what determines whether we step in or just walk on by? A "Primetime Live" hidden camera report provides insight into how we act when faced with such a dilemma. Cameras observe how people react when a babysitter is being verbally abusive to a young boy -- both played by actors -- in a public setting. Will shocked strangers intervene? Do men and women respond in different ways? An expert explains what factors typically influence us, and also why some people experience something called a "helper's high."
And: Cynthia McFadden interviews actor Liam Neeson about his new film "Kinsey," which explores the life of pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. More than fifty years ago Kinsey changed the American landscape with his landmark study on sex, which brought American sexual habits out of the bedroom and into the public eye for the first time. His findings were controversial then, and still are today.
Plus: "That Was The Week That Was" takes a satirical look at the week's headlines.
DIANE SAWYER, CHRIS CUOMO, CYNTHIA McFADDEN and JOHN QUIQONES are the anchors o "PRIMETIME LIVE." SHELLEY ROSS is the executive producer.