I’m In Ur White House, Supporting Ur Troopz

2 comments November 21st, 2007at 07:55pm Posted by Eli

Boy, I guess Dubya really is serious about fiscal responsibility:

When Jordan Fox was serving in Iraq, his mother helped organize Operation Pittsburgh Pride, which sends thousands of care packages to U.S. troops from his hometown, which prompted a personal “thank you” from the White House. When Fox was seriously injured in Iraq, the president sent what appeared to be personal note, expressing his concerns to the Fox family.

But more recently, Fox received a different piece of correspondence from the Bush administration.

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.

(…)

In Jordan Fox’s case, he was seriously injured when a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle, causing back injuries and blindness in his right eye. He was sent home, unable to complete the final three months of his military commitment.

Last week, the Pentagon sent him a bill: Fox owed the government nearly $3,000 of his signing bonus.

“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,” Fox said.

Look, if a soldier signed a contract, collected a signing bonus, and then quit, I can understand the military asking for the signing bonus back.

But we’re talking about troops who volunteered, served, and were seriously injured. It’s not their fault they got hurt. How on earth is the Pentagon justified in asking for a refund?

Please, please, PLEASE do not ever try to tell me that Democrats don’t “support the troops” when our all-Republican-all-the-time government treats wounded vets like they’re some kind of welfare queens trying to rip off the government, like they intentionally disabled themselves to weasel out of their service commitment.

I’m not a big fan of conservative Democrat Jason Altmire, but he’s doing the right thing on this one, introducing a bill to let wounded troops (gasp) keep their bonuses.

Why is it that it’s always the Democrats who are actually sticking up for the troops’ and vets’ well-being? Is it because the Republican definition of “support” is “keep in harm’s way indefinitely”? Is it because Republicans are only interested in the troops in an abstract way, as a patriotic symbol they can use to bash Democrats with? Or is it just that Republicans are selfish assholes who don’t care about anyone whose net worth is less than 8 figures?

Perhaps we will never know.

(h/t Anders)

UPDATE: The military is now claiming that this was just an honest mistake. Well, okay. Good to know that this was a totally isolated incident, and that they’ve never tried to screw anyone out of their bonus money before.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Wankers,War

2 Comments

  • 1. Pain  |  November 21st, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Does this mean that Bush has to restore the US of A to pre 9/11 normalcy before he leaves office because he’s fucked everything up far worse than a shrapnel wound to the noggin? We would take laura as collateral until he’s done wiping the memories of a near non event in relation to all the other bombing carnage and death that is necessary to maintain the largest net waster of everything on Terra from the minds of 302 million professional shoppers.

    At least laura could read stories to Us and feed us anchovies and smoked salmon and keep lots of white grape juice in Our sippy cup. Was that TMI?

  • 2. TROUBLEMAKER PLATOON  |  November 23rd, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Let’s get the record straight here. Thanks to Jordan Fox’s mom for care packages she provide for the troops in Iraq. Fox was in my squad. Fox was not injured at all. Yes his vehicle was hit by roadside bomb and he was not injured or anywhere near the firefight that killed his platoon medic. Fox faked every injured to get out of deployment or stay on the FOB. There was nothing wrong with Fox. And yes of course, Fox did not fullfil his commitment. He was chapter out of the Army (Chapter 15, misconduct, dishonorable type). He should pay back the army that bonus money.

    And that’s is the story from the frontline, from people who served with Fox…


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