Army Bureaucrats Deny National Guard Troops Benefits

In a classic bureaucratic move, the Army took steps to deny benefits to Army National Guard members.

WCSH: National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (NBC) — When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit. The tour lasted 22 months and had been extended as part of President Bush’s surge.
Anderson’s orders, and the orders of 1,161 other Minnesota guard members, were written for 729 days.

Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would receive those benefits to pay for school.

Even if you don’t agree with the war in Iraq, take the time to write your Members of Congress about this bureaucratic trick to avoid paying for a benefit. That’s just no way to treat someone who volunteered to put their life on the line for you.

The ultimate irony in the article was the Google Adsense ad being displayed next to the article on WCSH’s web site:

WCSH screen shot

I’ll probably have an ad like it myself after I publish this article.

Anyway, take some time to back these guys. Don’t let Pentagon paper pushers take away what they should have earned.


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