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National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War

…   1st Lt. Jon Anderson said he never expected to come home to this: A government refusing to pay education benefits he says he should have earned under the GI bill.

“It’s pretty much a slap in the face,” Anderson said. “I think it was a scheme to save money, personally. I think it was a leadership failure by the senior Washington leadership… once again failing the soldiers.”

Anderson’s orders, and the orders of 1,161 other Minnesota guard members, were written for 729 days. …

Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would receive those benefits to pay for school.

“Which would be allowing the soldiers an extra $500 to $800 a month,” Anderson said.

I’ll lay odds that they’ll find a way to “blame it on Bush.” That phrase has become applicable to everything that ever happened to anyone. Your tire blew out, blame it on Bush rather than the fact that the metal wa showing for months…

9 Responses to Yes, this is a disgrace.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    What an injustice..longest unit in combat and no benefits. So, any suggestions as to who to blame?

  • hillbilly says:

    BB, more than likely those regs have been around for quite awhile. I know they did a lot of “rearranging” of the benefits in the late eighties through the early ninties due to budget cuts, force draw downs and post closures, so, it could have been anybody. I don’t know if I’d blame a president at all for this one since it’s mainly an internal thing and not necessarily something a president would even know about.

    I’d suggest talking to some high ups in the Army to get something done, rather than initiate an investigation, but then, I’m thinking of the soldiers, not the publicity factor. One day less than the full two years and they’re quibbling over it? You can bet it’s some peons in the chain of command somewhere along the way doing the by the book thing to feel powerful.

    An appeal to the President might do more good than blaming him for something he probably didn’t even know about.

    Phil, I don’t know if it was commiecrats, myself. There was a time… Bush 1 was president… when some smart*** decided the military could save millions of dollars by changing the pay date. They did and most of us lost … at the minimum two weeks worth of pay… they robbed us, you know? Some lost a full month’s pay over it. That was a very very rough time for the lower ranks but did the Army care? Nope. Instead, they tried to convince us that we didn’t lose pay, although our bills and bank accounts said otherwise.

  • hillbilly says:

    I believe they’ll get the benefits, they’ve got a General on the case, too, and that’s always helpful.

  • My guess is that somewhere along the chain of money management there is someone that was told to try to minimize costs, and someone noticed that if you let people go after 729 days you will save a lot of money.

    Only thing left is finding that ‘responsible’ money manager!

  • Christi says:

    I’m with AC – it will be interesting to find out just who was the “responsible money manager”. But you’re right, Steph – they’ll try to beat Bush over the head with this one! 🙄

October 2007


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