Uncle Sam Wants You, But You’d Better Be Careful

Debbie says:

In case you had any doubts that our society only values whole and healthy people …

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.

This started out as a local news article and has created enough furor that the military brass is backing off somewhat. Now, they’re saying they won’t ask for money back, but they won’t say how many folks they’ve done this to, or that they’ll pay remaining bonus money to wounded vets.

Basically, our government has been saying to young people: “Okay, we needed you as soldiers so we offered you a lot of money. Then you served as a soldier and were badly wounded, so pony up.”

And “so we won’t pay you all of it” is equally unconscionable. Some things should never need to be retracted, because they should never happen in the first place.

Thanks to Lynn Kendall for the pointer.

war, Iraq, veterans, disability, military, body image, Body Impolitic