Twisting your ankle in prep school is not defending or serving this nation, Mr. Castillo.
Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran, who still feels phantom pain from the legs she lost when an RPG hit her Black Hawk helicopter. So she had little sympathy today for Virginia businessman, Braulio Castillo. He wanted a contracting advantage with the IRS, reserved for disabled veterans, based on a sports injury from his days at a military prep school.
伊利諾州民主黨員Tammy Duckworth是一名伊拉克戰爭的退役軍人，她仍然會從因為火箭炮擊中她的黑鷹直升機而失去的雙腿感受到無形的痛楚。所以她今天對這個維吉尼亞州商人－－Braulio Castillo可沒多少同理心。他想要一個為殘疾退役軍人所保留的與美國稅務局承包上的優勢，基於他在軍事預校的日子所受的運動傷害。
Your foot hurts? Your left foot?
It hurts, yeah. My feet hurt, too. In fact, the both of my feet burn continuously, and I feel like there's a nail being hammered into my right heel right now. So I can understand pain and suffering, and how service connection can actually cause long-term, unremitting, unyielding, unstoppable pain.
So I'm sorry that twisting your ankle in high school has now come back to hurt you in such a painful way, if also opportune for you to gain the status for your businesses as you are trying to compete for contract.
Castillo could not recall exactly how he hurt his foot in 1984. Though it didn't stop him from going on to play quarterback at the University of San Diego.
I believe the initial injury happened playing football.
In an email to IRS Procurement officials last year, Castillo described his old injuries much more dramatically, as "...crosses that I bear due to my service to our great country. I would do it again to protect this great country."
I'm so glad that you would be willing to play football in prep school again to protect this great country. Shame on you, Mr. Castillo! Shame on you! You may not have broken any laws, but you certainly broke the trust of this great nation. You broke the trust of veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans right now are waiting an average of 237 days for an initial disability rating.
Castillo did not defend himself very vigorously today, though he did claim that he's had to have several surgeries on his foot.
It was clear, Scott, the members of Congress were trying to make something of an example out of Castillo to other would-be federal contractors, who are thinking about massaging the rules.
That was something, Nancy. Thanks very much.
- 「你真丟人、你真無恥」- Shame On You
Shame on you, Mr. Castillo! Shame on you! You may not have broken any laws, but you certainly broke the trust of this great nation.