He Worked for the U.S. Military in Iraq. Now, He Suffers Alone in an Arlington Apartment.
|The motto of the 89th Military Police Brigade, with whom Hadi worked in Iraq|
According to the story Hadi now lives in "a crime-ridden neighborhood in Arlington," where he spends most of his time "watching Arabic television and texting friends back home." He receives $612 a month in disability after refusing to accept AIG's initial settlement offer of $60,000 -- a lump-sum payment intended to make him to go away. This, despite the fact one AIG examiner said only last year that he was "clearly entitled" to benefits. (ProPublica made available last night all of the documents related to AIG's handling of Hadi's case.) Hadi, who was poorly fitted with a prosthetic right leg and who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, tells T. Christian Miller: "I lost my leg. My life is broken. For what?"
As a side note, the extraordinary portraits of Hadi that accompany the piece were taken by good friend of the show Allison V. Smith.