OUTRAGEOUS: Pentagon Orders Soldiers To Pay Back Enlistment Bonuses From Ten Years Ago

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How is this possible?

Thousands of soldiers who re-enlisted in the mid-2000s are having their bonuses taken away. 

Some of the soldiers were wounded. Some suffered atrocious injuries. And now the Pentagon wants to take back their re-enlistment bonus?

The New York Daily News reported:

Many of the California National Guard soldiers received more than $15,000 to reenlist in the mid-2000s, when the country was struggling to fill the force as two overseas wars raged on, the Los Angeles Times reported.

But Pentagon investigations determined the California Guard handed out bonuses too liberally, giving them to many soldiers who didn’t qualify, as state officials faced difficulties meeting enlistment quotas.

And instead of forgiving the overpaid soldier, many of whom served multiple tours of duties overseas in exchange for the funds, the California Guard has asked for the cash back.

“I feel totally betrayed,” said Susan Haley, a former Army master sergeant who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 after she was improperly given a $20,500 bonus for her six-year reenlistment. She now pays the Pentagon $650 a month to slowly chip away at her debt.

“They’ll get their money, but I want those years back,” she said.

The California Guard has asked about 9,700 soldiers and veterans to pay back their bonuses. Those who don’t will face interest charges, tax liens and wage deductions.

Many of them no longer have those funds. They no longer have the cash, and they face possible tax liens and wage garnishments.

Is this any way to treat the people we ask to serve in the Armed Forces?

How is this possible?

H/T Sushil Bansal

Image via LA Times

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