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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 06:45 AM
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Soldiers still waiting for armor reimbursements
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 06:46 AM by Eugene
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9524109

Soldiers still waiting for armor reimbursements

Pentagon fails to figure out how to pay back troops' personal expenditures


Updated: 4:02 a.m. ET Sept. 29, 2005

WASHINGTON - Nearly a year after Congress demanded action, the
Pentagon has still failed to figure out a way to reimburse soldiers
for body armor and equipment they purchased to better protect
themselves while serving in Iraq.

Soldiers and their parents are still spending hundreds and sometimes
thousands of dollars for armor they say the military wont provide.
One U.S. senator said Wednesday he will try again to force the
Pentagon to obey the reimbursement law it opposed from the outset
and has so far not implemented.

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said he will offer amendments to the
defense appropriations bill working its way through Congress, to take
the funding issue out of the hands of Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld and give control to military unit commanders in the field.

Rumsfeld is violating the law, Dodd said in an interview with The
Associated Press. Its been sitting on the books for over a year.
They were opposed to it. It was insulting to them. Im sorry thats
how they felt.
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Kailassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 06:54 AM
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1. Rimfeels cares ...
Wouldn't it be cheaper to just bribe a few more teenage illegals to sign up? Who needs conscription or body armor when the poor are driven by desperation to enlist?
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:37 AM
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2. I wonder how quickly the Red Cross is going to get THEIR
reimbursement . . .
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:56 PM
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3. kick
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:02 PM
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8. !
:kick:
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buzzsaw_23 Donating Member (631 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:56 PM
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4. Troops Wait For Body Armor Reimbursements
Troops Wait for Body Armor Reimbursements


Friday September 30, 2005 12:46 AM

By LOLITA C. BALDOR

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly a year after Congress demanded action, the Pentagon has still failed to figure out a way to reimburse soldiers for body armor and equipment they purchased to better protect themselves while serving in Iraq.

For Marine Sgt. Todd Bowers that extra piece of equipment - a high-tech rifle scope bought by his father for $600 and a $100 pair of goggles - turned out to be a life or death purchase. And he has never been reimbursed.

Bowers, who is from Arizona but going to school in Washington, D.C., was shot by a sniper during his second tour in Iraq, but the round lodged in his scope, and his goggles protected his eyes from the shrapnel that struck his face.

``We weren't provided those going to Iraq,'' he said Thursday. ``But they literally saved my life.''

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-531...
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bballny Donating Member (456 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:56 PM
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5. Don't hold
your breath
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:56 PM
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6. Short answer..... give the troops nobid contracts.... then they can
afford to get all the stuff they need to go to work... safely.
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:57 PM
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7. But...but I have a magnet made in China on my car...!
I support the troops!
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