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    Military Wants
    Disabled Vets’
    Bonuse$ Back


    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
    said.

    Congressman Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) says he has proposed
    a bill that would guarantee soldiers receive full
    benefit of bonuses.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2007

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