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To get people to sign up, the military gives
enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some
cases. Now they demand that thousands of
wounded service personnel give back signing
bonuses because they are unable to serve
out their commitments.
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.
One of them is Jordan Fox, a young soldier from a
Pittsburgh suburb. Unable to pursue his dream anymore of
becoming a law enforcement officer, he now spends his
days loading boxes of care packages onto trucks to be sent
to men and women serving in Iraq.
Fox was seriously injured when a roadside bomb blew
up his vehicle. He was knocked unconscious. His back was
injured, and he 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.
The non-profit organization—known as Operation
Pittsburgh Pride—was started by Fox’s mother, Susan
Wardezak, who met with President Bush in Pittsburgh last
May. He thanked her for starting the project which has sent
approximately 4,000 care packages. He then sent her a letter
expressing his concern over her son’s injuries. For these
reasons she cannot understand the government’s apparent
lack of concern over injuries to countless U.S. soldiers and
demands that they return their bonuses.
While he’s unsure of his future, Fox says he’s unwavering
in his commitment to his country. “I’d do it all over
again because I’m proud of the discipline that I learned.
I’m proud to have done something for my country,” he
Congressman Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) says he has proposed
a bill that would guarantee soldiers receive full
benefit of bonuses.
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