Just in time to make us feel all warm and fuzzy for the holidays.....
"Wounded Soldier: Military Wants Part Of Bonus Back"
Yes it's true, Fox News even covered it...and it's the most PATHETIC thing I have seen from this administration yet! It ranks right up there with when they intentionally wrote orders ONE day short so education benefits wouldn't kick in... and with Walter Reed, traumatic brain injury care, and so many other administration outrages.
From kdka.com: "The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.
To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.
Now men and women who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, hearing and can no longer serve are being ordered to pay some of that money back.[..]"
Ah, these must be the "phony soldiers" Rush Limbaugh was complaining about. They just sign up to get the bonus and then they deliberately get maimed so they can go home.
But, hey, our government sure can find the money to pay Halliburton and subsidiaries billions of dollars in no-bid contracts. Meanwhile...private security contractors are making 4 times more than our troops in Iraq.
It's very disturbing that ANY government would do this to the people that fight and risk their lives for their country and become disabled in war.
And not only are military veterans being asked to pay back their signing bonus if they are injured and can't fight, but they would be charged 4 percent interest on any overdue payments.
This is a disgusting betrayal of those who served and suffered. But it's just another example of the Bush administration's abuse of the VA and all vets by large budget cuts. Right when the VA needs more funds to take care of the added numbers of newly wounded vets from Bush's war. More vets to take care of on less money.
Democrat Congressman Jason Altmire introduced a bill last October to stop this signing bonus travesty from ever happening again. HR 3793 - "Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act - 2007"... read about it here:
Don't get too comfy...just because a bill is drawn up does not mean it ever reaches the floor or gets voted on. I will certainly be leaning on my congresscritters to support it.
Bush and Congress better fast track this bill NOW if they expect to ever get anyone to re-up again.
Support the troops Bush says, fund the war. Here's a partial list of how he does that....
No pay increases and rollbacks of benefits.
Lying about terms of enlistment.
Extend tours of duty and reduce time between tours.
Make injured troops pay for equipment lost or destroyed when they are wounded.
Send troops into combat with insufficient and inadequate equipment.
Stigmatize PTSD troops trying to get treatment, then send them back into war.
Downgrade disability claims related to injury and combat service.
Yep, there's a reason why so many Iraq War veterans ran for national office as Democrats in the last election... and very few, if any, ran as Republicans.