Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ten years after the California National Guard paid enlistment bonuses to soldiers, Obama’s Pentagon is telling those veterans that they must pay the money back. Members of Congress are railing against the proposed theft, and citizens are petitioning the Pentagon to forgive the debts.

The California National Guard offered bonuses as an incentive for people to enlist (and soldiers to re-enlist) during the War on Terror surge from 2006-2008. An audit found that nearly 10,000 soldiers did not have full eligibility to receive those bonuses, typically due to missing paperwork. Now, they want to take the soldiers hard-earned money!

Repaying a bonus of $10,000 – $15,000 presents a severe financial burden to veterans and their families. Lawmakers have blasted the Department of Defense for telling the veterans to repay something they thought was a payment, not a debt.

Most of the affected veterans have not yet repaid the bonuses. Army Cpt. Christopher Van Meter is one of them: “I signed a contract that I literally risked my life to fulfill.” Shouldn’t the Pentagon hold up their end of the contract?

The California National Guard maintains that it has no legal authority to forgive the debts, and it would take an act of Congress or high-level Pentagon involvement to fix the problem. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and others from both parties are calling upon the Pentagon to let the veterans keep the money they earned a decade ago.

This is just another Obama administration slap in the face to our veterans. First, he runs the Veterans Administration into the ground and now he wants to steal money from our Veterans for risking their lives in war. This is the definition of deplorable.

Share if you are OUTRAGED at the Obama Administration’s Treatment of our Veterans!

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