Marty Griffin reports:
There's a local connection to this story. A guy named Jordan Fox, serving in Iraq, was injured and lost all the sight in his right eye. He was sent home because of the injury and now the Pentagon wants part of his signing bonus back.
The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.
To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.
Now men and women who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, hearing and can no longer serve are being ordered to pay some of that money back. [emphasis added]
As Spencer Ackerman over at TPMCafe wrote:
Just in time for the holidays, there's a special place in Hell just waiting to be filled by some as-yet-unknown Pentagon bureaucrat.Here's the coverage over at ThinkProgress. And at Carpetbagger.
Each report notes that last month Congressman Jason Altmire introduced legislation (H.R. 3793) in order to change this.
As of this evening, there are 219 cosponsors.
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, this administration does NOT support the troops. Forcing them to pay back these signing bonuses is just the latest example.
Bush should be ashamed of himself.