The sad story of what happened to private Jordan Fox continues to unravel despite Pentagon efforts to bury their mistake. The Department of Defense today stated unequivocally that military personnel wounded in action would not have to repay any portion of their enlistment bonus and claimed the letter to Private Fox was a clerical error. However, Senator Schumer of New York claims similar letters were sent to other wounded soldiers indicating this was a policy, not a clerical mistake. Furthermore, Jordan Fox pointed out a week after receiving the first letter another one came threatening that interest would be charged if he didn’t repay the money. Senator Schumer is going to push for a Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act to prevent such further “mistakes.”
If an unbiased observer reviewed what has happened to protection of veterans and fighting men and women since Democrats gained control of Congress he/she would discover that dramatic efforts have been made to safeguard military rights. The Democrats pushed through a 3.5% raise in pay despite opposition from Bush who claimed it was excessive, spouses of wounded soldiers are now protected against being fired if they must take time off to care for their spouse, and funding has been raised for Post Traumatic Stress treatment. Yet, right wing groups like Fox News continue claiming Democrats are not “supporting our fighting men and women.”
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