During Barack Obama’s eight-year reign as emperor… I mean, president, of the United States, U.S. veterans were treated shamefully. The Veterans Administration scandal was and continues to be a major embarrassment to the country, but the Obama Administration was more concerned about the temperature of the Earth than it was in how our retired military personnel were treated.
One of the ways our veterans have been shown additional disrespect was when nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers were asked by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses and other incentives they received when they signed up for duty.
Many veterans spoke out against this request at a news conference, while another said that the request was “an insult to my service.” He added that these types of actions by the government are why so many veterans are unemployed, homeless and distrustful of the system.
Some of the bonuses and incentives were paid out in error – or through fraud – but the soldiers had no way of knowing they were not supposed to receive them. Many of those soldiers have since spent that money but are now being asked to repay it.
Representative Mark Takano of California said, “It’s clear to me the vast majority of these guardsmen acted in good faith. We need to take immediate action on this.”
I was always taught that if you make a mistake, it’s on you to fix it. Don’t try to pass the buck and put it on somebody else. But the government apparently doesn’t see it that way, and so they’re trying to make the very people who lay their lives on the line for us do the paying.
It’s nothing short of disgraceful.