He joined the Army and received $3,000 as a signing bonus. The Army sent him to Iraq, where he believed he was doing the right thing. While deployed in Iraq, he was injured when a roadside bomb exploded near him. He was sent home with back injuries and lost vision in an eye.
And since he didn’t fulfill his commitment to the Army, he was sent a bill for the $3,000 bonus. The Army wanted it back.
This is the story of a Pittsburgh man, and according to a news article from KDKA TV, similar to a story told by numerous other veterans of Iraq.
Fox was seriously injured when a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle. He was knocked unconscious. His back was injured and lost all vision in his right eye.
A few months later Fox was sent home. His injuries prohibited him from fulfilling three months of his commitment. A few days ago, he received a letter from the military demanding nearly $3,000 of his signing bonus back.
“I tried to do my best and serve my country. I was unfortunately hurt in the process. Now they’re telling me they want their money back,” he explained.
What a travesty. Our government asks their young men and women to put it on the line, in a rather absurd war. Then when they do, they fail to take care of them when they are injured or come home with mental illness like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I suppose with the debt our government is incurring with this war, it’s only fair that we ask our veterans to give back their money when they don’t do their job (sarcasm intended).
Here’s another take from blog, Nobody’s Business.
Disinformation Warning (don’t you just love that word?). In reading said blog above, there is a comment noting that the KDKA report is “wrong.” Apparently the letters sent requesting money back were due to a “bureaucratic bungle.”