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Saga Of Repayment Story For Wounded Soldiers Continues!

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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Legislation For Wounded Soldiers Pushed In Congress

President Bush urged Congress to modernize the government’s inefficient system that cares for the wounded. Several months ago, Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine issues related to dealing with wounded soldiers and veterans. Republican Bob Dole and Democrat Donna Shalala headed a commission which made recommendations, but both stated in an op-ed piece appearing in the Washington Post they feared their proposals would be lost in the bureaucracy and urged a complete reform program. “It’s time,” said their article, “to decide –do we reform the current military and veterans’ disability evaluation and compensation systems or limp along, placing Band-Aids over existing flaws?” Bush informed Congress the “outdated system needs to be changed.”

George Bush is master of creating problems and then blaming others for the problems he created. He appointed political hacks to run the Veterans Administration resulting in veterans being denied benefits, and he did not do his job to organize a medical system ready to cope with Iraq wounded military personnel. Now, the president is “prodding Congress” to get to work. At no point does Bush ever take responsibility for his own failures, he prefers blaming Democrats. The idea for a Homeland Security Department came from Democrat members of Congress and Bush opposed it. Within a few months it became his idea and Democrats were then accused of not being patriotic for insisting on certain procedures in the new department. Bush is trying the same old scam about wounded soldiers.