Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Yep, let’s support those ol’ troops, shall we?

(Updated below)

Although I have seen this in several places now, this one is from Mahablog.

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.

Uh, welllll.... That certainly seems like a good idea. Sure, the treasury might recoup some of that half trillion dollar deficit by getting back maybe a couple of million dollars by making severely wounded veterans give back part of their signing bonuses that they were given. Even if they have some sort of contract or signed agreement with the military, doesn’t anyone stop and think that this MIGHT not be such a great idea? This is at a time when military enrollment is lagging and the current forces are severely strained, almost to the breaking point. This will certainly be one more thing to make more people join the military.

This is just one more straw in a whole pile of straws that should have broken the camel’s back long ago. Poor care and terrible conditions for vets at Walter Reed, waiting months, if not years, for psychological help for returning vets, no money for head trauma research, no funding for the team trying to deal with IED’s that maim and kill our forces. The “turning everything to crap” list, like everything this administration touches, goes on and on.

And yet, it is still Democrats and liberals who aren’t “supporting the troops” when we question the wisdom, or lack thereof, of this war.


UPDATE: I heard that the Pentagon has changed this policy and is no longer asking injured vets to refund part of their signing bonuses. I don't suppose all the bad publicity had anything to do with it, of course. They just changed their minds because it was the right thing to do. (I can't find the sarcasm font here. Those last couple of sentences really need it, though.)

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