This is possibly the worst way to treat our Vets, and it is our government who is doing this. We can’t treat heroes like this.
In California, almost 10,000 of our bravest men and women who served combat tours over seas are being told to pay up.
The government made a mistake, the local recruiting offices paid to much for re-enlistment bonuses and now they want their money back.
California Guard deputy commander Matthew Beevers even admits that the government made a mistake and it is the Veterans that are hurting the most.
“At the end of the day, the soldiers ended up paying the largest price. We’d be more than happy to absolve these people of their debts. We just can’t do it. We’d be breaking the law.”
Most of the cases happened a decade ago, but the soldiers that fought for our freedom have to pay back a bonus they were promised.
Many of the Veterans were paid $15,000 to sign back up for another tour. Only $15,000!!!
It would take a lot more than $15,000 to get most Americans to just visit some of the places our Veterans fought.
If the Vets don’t pay, interest charges, the government will add wage garnishments and tax liens until they get their money.
How is this even possible? Last year, Obama recorded a record amount of taxes collected and we can’t let 10,000 of our combat Veterans keep $15,000?
Susan Haley, a former Army master sergeant and mother is heartbroken. She is paying $650 a month to the government, which is a quarter of her family’s monthly income.
She wants to know if she will get her time back?
“They’ll get their money, but I want those years back.”
The real question is, would most of these soldiers signed back up for another tour if they were not promised $15,000 to enlist?
To the government, $15,000 is not a lot of money, but to retired Veterans who have families and mortgages and college tuitions, $15,000 is a lot of money.
Some of the Veterans are also forced to pay back some of their college loans.
This is tragic. We cannot treat our military like this.
If there government didn’t have oversight on the recruitment process, then that is on the military. They need to buy one less drone, not force combat Veterans to sell their homes to pay back a bonus they were promised.
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