Only in Obama’s America! I have never been so disgusted in my life. 10 years ago the Pentagon feared a shortfall of soldiers and pressed recruiters to turn up the heat re-enlisting our brave men and women to face the horrors and hardships of a soldier’s life once again. Thousands of soldiers were offered re-signing bonuses in cash and education to sign that blank check for just a little while longer.
Almost 10,000 soldiers are being ordered to repay large enlistment bonuses WITH interest charges after the Pentagon has decided that there was a lack of oversight and mismanagement by California Guard officials who were under pressure to meet enlistment targets. Signing bonuses often started at $15,000 and upward. Even though soldiers believe (and rightly so) the military is reneging on decade-old agreements and in most cases is imposing severe financial hardship on veterans because they made the mistake of re-enlisting and accepting bonuses offered when the Pentagon needed to fill the ranks, they are still facing wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse to pay.
“These bonuses were used to keep people in,” said Christopher Van Meter, a 42-year-old former Army captain and Iraq veteran from Manteca, Calif., who says he refinanced his home mortgage to repay $25,000 in re-enlistment bonuses and $21,000 in student loan repayments that the Army says he should not have received. “People like me just got screwed.”
In Iraq, Van Meter was thrown from an armored vehicle turret — and later awarded a Purple Heart for his combat injuries — after the vehicle detonated a buried roadside bomb.
Susan Haley, a Los Angeles native and former Army master sergeant who deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, said she sends the Pentagon $650 a month — a quarter of her family’s income — to pay down $20,500 in bonuses that the Guard says were given to her improperly.
“I feel totally betrayed,” said Haley, 47, who served 26 years in the Army along with her husband and oldest son, a medic who lost a leg in combat in Afghanistan.
Haley, who now lives in Kempner, Texas, worries they may have to sell their house to repay the bonuses. “They’ll get their money, but I want those years back,” she said, referring to her six-year reenlistment.
THIS is the biggest slap in the face of our veterans that I have seen. Our military men and women are being penalized for serving our country just a little bit more. Their families are being penalized as many now face financial ruin. More and more I look at the U.S. government and shake my head and say WTH! I am ashamed of this treatment of our vets and my only hope is that you can share this story with your friends so people will start to rise up against the tyrannical corruption that infests our current administration. Make America Great Again and vote for Donald Trump because a Hillary Clinton Presidency would surely destroy any respect America is paying to our Veterans currently.