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Pentagon demands return of cash bonuses paid to California soldiers for going to war a decade ago

Discussion in 'Military News' started by kwflatbed, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    The Pentagon is seeking to recover decade-old reenlistment bonuses paid to thousands of California Army National Guard soldiers to go fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

    The paper reported that nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom risked their lives during multiple combat tours, have been ordered to repay the cash bonuses after audits revealed widespread overpayments by California Guard officials under pressure to meet enlistment targets at the height of the wars 10 years ago.

    But soldiers say the military is reneging on old agreements and imposing severe financial hardship on those whose only mistake was to accept the bonuses, which amounted to $15,000 or more.

    The Army asked wounded Iraq veteran and former Army captain Christopher Van Meter, 42, to repay a $25,000 reenlistment bonus it said he was ineligible to receive. He was also asked to repay $21,000 in student loan repayments.

    Van Meter told the paper that rather than fight the Army he paid back the money after refinancing his home.

    “These bonuses were used to keep people in,” Van Meter said. “People like me just got screwed.”

    Pentagon Demands Return Of Cash Bonuses Paid To California Soldiers For Going To War A Decade Ago
     
  2. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    Sorry Dudes, spent it on some crazy shit that would keep my family fed while I was away, you know, like FOOD!
     
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  3. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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