The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.
To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.
Now 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.
Someone please explain to me why Malkin and Bob Owens work themselves into a feedback screech about Scott Beauchamp rather than crap like this. Granted, the troop who reads the New Republic might have been a dog lover, and making him feel depressed is a crappy thing to do. I don’t know, call me crazy but shitting all over soldiers who just found out that they won’t walk again weighs a little heavier on my conscience.
If this is the kind of support that the patriot brigades offer then I hope like hell that they never try to support me.
Some milbloggers, somewhat over-attuned, I’d say, to MSM anti-war sentiment, want to downplay Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As in Blackfive:
“PTSD is not an illness. It is a normal condition for people who have been through what you have been through.”
Read the link for an informed dissent.
Of course admitting the danger of PTSD risks criticizing the administration’s cost-cutting VA policies that shaft PTSD patients. Troops are great and all, but we can’t have that.
Yeah, I’m feeling unusually ornery today. It must be my Saddam-loving objectively pro-terrorist blame-America-firsting BSD acting up.