October 23, 2016

Now I'm A Little More Peeved


So apparently, 10 years, yes a full decade after signing up new soldiers to fight in two capitalistic wars that cost us so much, the State of California now wants these soldiers to pay back their enlistment bonuses.

It seems that despite these soldiers putting their lives on the line and signing a contract that makes them property of the good ole US of A, the govt can back out of their end of the deal because a few of their employee's decided to do something bad.

Part of the soldiers oath is;
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;

But who protects the soldiers? Who's allegiance does the soldier have? As bad as the majority of vets are treated, no wonder there is a higher death rate at home than in the field. If a soldier goes back on this oath and contract, they can be tried for treason, regardless of the issue.  But the govt is the govt. They are above the law, as we have plainly seen in the current election cycle.

It's one thing to tell a soldier, hey we made a mistake in your paperwork a few months at best after they reenlisted. But 10 damn years?

“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 reenlistment 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.  
So in essence, the govt is not telling these brothers and sisters who put their lives on the line, that they did it for nothing. That the govt does not have to honor its own contracts. And apparently it's been going on for so long, that a Master Sgt was convicted and sentenced to just 30 months for $15 million dollars in fraud. Hell, that sounds like a typical CEO or banker punishment, yet very few have ever been convicted in this country.

But the old adage is still true today as it was long before, don't trust a word that comes out of the recruiters mouth. Even if that recruiter is your CO.

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