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U.S. Soldiers Betrayed by Their Government
Pentagon Orders Soldiers to Return Enlistment Bonuses
By de Andréa,
Opinion Editorialist for
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“Here is a check for $30,000, sign this contract and spend the next 6 years in combat. You might come back missing arms, face or your legs, maybe even your life, but at least you have $30,000.
10 years later nearly 10,000 soldiers are threatened to be sent to the Gulags or to give back the money paid them for their reenlistment.
A decade after the California National Guard offered bonuses starting at $15,000 to as much as $55,000 to soldiers if they would reenlist for 6 years and serve on combat tours, the Pentagon is now demanding these soldiers repay the money or face legal consequences, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. What! Is Obama’s support the enemy fund running a little low???
Soldiers Ordered to Return Bonuses
The California Guard’s use of monetary incentives in the mid-2000's to boost the declining enlistment rosters while facing two wars enticed nearly 10,000 soldiers to reenlist. But years after the Contracts were made, the government decided that California Guard officials mismanaged the agreements and allowed for widespread fraud. As a bitter thanks for their service, thousands of soldiers have been ordered to repay those bonuses.
I can’t help but wonder if it occurred to them that violating a good faith contract is breaking the law…
According to Col. Michael S. Piazzoni, a California Guard official who supervised the audits, the Guard paid much of the money upfront while the system spent the next several years analyzing whether or not the agreements were even above board. The soldiers with whom the Guard made the agreements primarily were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.
When the National Guard Bureau investigated the bonus payments across the country, the Pentagon agency found that bonus overpayments took place in every state. But California engaged in the highest levels of overpayments and incentives dangled in front of the soldiers to entice them to reenlist.
NOTE: Someone should have told these soldiers that Senators no longer represent anything, they just represent themselves. Read the 17th amendment.
One retired colonel slammed the deep injustice handed to the California guardsmen. "This is not the way to treat soldiers. I can fully understand how soldiers in the article felt 'betrayed, screwed, frustrated, and overwhelmed,'" retired Col. James A. Lake told Life Zette. "Shame on the callous Pentagon decision makers who simply dictate pay back while not thinking through the effect it will have on service personal and the fallout of bad publicity in the communities in which they live." Lake, who served 26 years in the United States Army, served as a battalion commander for active and reserve recruiting during the 1980s. Noting that it was "very common" for recruiters to offer incentives to entice men and women with highly sought-after occupational skills to enlist, Lake said the incentive program was "necessary" for recruitment efforts. "The article appears to outline clearly that there was fraud and bad management at the National Guard level in administrating the incentives. Whether it was the pressure of meeting quotas or just pure ignorance, the enlistee should not bear the responsibility to pay back that which was given," Lake said. "The only exception would be if the enlistee knew that the integrity of the incentive program was being breached."
But good luck getting even a thankyou from this Communist Government. Our soldiers will be lucky if they aren’t sent to the Gulags’.
Note: Did you know that these soldiers had to pay income taxes on these bonuses? I wonder if these Marxist Fabians will be so eager to pay the taxes back…
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