Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Military wants signing bonuses of wounded soldiers back

This is 100% batshit insane:
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ―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.

Kos and Sullivan both react. Fortunately, a member of Congress has introduced a bill to put the kibosh on this sort of thing:
Mr. Altmire's legislation, the Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act, would require the Defense Department to pay bonuses in full within 30 days to veterans discharged because of combat-related wounds.
I'm proud it's a Democrat doing this, but I imagine such a bill would have bi-partisan support.

There have been so many examples of our veterans being treated poorly recently. It's a disgrace. How about we defund some weapons programs or ballistic missile defense systems and fund veteran's health care or college scholarships or something? The priorities of our nation, as expressed by what we spend money on, are truly out of whack.

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