Wounded Soldiers Left In Debt

A congressional report shows that the military has been pursuing nearly 900 soldiers to collect $1.2 million in debt incurred through no fault of their own.

WASHINGTON (AP) – After suffering paralysis, brain damage, lost limbs and other wounds in war, nearly 900 Army soldiers ran up $1.2 million in debt because of the military’s “complex, cumbersome” pay system, congressional investigators said Thursday.

The report from the Government Accountability Office said another 400 who died in the wars had $300,000 in debt but that the Defense Department doesn’t pursue collection of people killed in combat. [Gee, that's nice of them...]

“We found that hundreds of separated battle-injured soldiers were pursued for collection of military debts incurred through no fault of their own,” said the report. It said that included seeking reimbursement for errors in pay or for equipment left on the battlefield.

This needs to stop right now. Our soldiers put their lives on the line, and they don’t deserve to be harrassed after they come home.

The problem became known months ago as soldiers began to complain and lawmakers asked for the report.

The Pentagon said it has been working to resolve it.

How long does it take to fix the problem? Surely Donald Rumsfeld’s “streamlined” Pentagon can do better than this.

2 Responses to “Wounded Soldiers Left In Debt”

  1. Bottom Line says:

    Commanders and units are letting these soldiers down as well. Pay problems are too common in the military and most of these should be taken care of at a lower level. It is always embarassing to see issues like this that could have been resolved with better communication and a more proactive response from lower level commanders and NCOs.

  2. Songbird says:

    This is disgraceful.

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