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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:49 AM
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DoD: No repaying bonuses for wounded
DoD: No repaying bonuses for wounded
Staff and wire reports
Posted : Wednesday Nov 28, 2007 6:37:41 EST

If you are wounded in combat and discharged as a result, you will not have to pay back your enlistment bonus, Defense Department officials said Monday.

Bonuses are not recouped simply for ones inability to complete an enlistment or re-enlistment agreement through no fault of the military member, according to a policy statement cited in an American Forces Press Service story.

The policy statement was issued one day after Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., held a press conference criticizing the Pentagon for dunning wounded troops to pay back their bonuses, a practice the senator said affected hundreds.

He said that when the case of Pfc. Jordan Fox, an Army sniper partially blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, was called to the Pentagons attention, officials replied that the demand for him to repay $2,800 was a clerical error and canceled the debt. But what about the others, he asked, standing in front of a World War I memorial.

When you talk to the Pentagon, you get different answers from different people, he said.

Schumer called on the Defense Department to conduct an internal investigation and audit to identify recently wounded personnel who received the dunning letters and assure them that repayments were not necessary.

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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:55 AM
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1. I wonder how many "clerical error"s were made?
This whole incident is an insult to our vets.
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