Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Oh, When You Said Vet, We Thought You Meant Veterinarian

Oh sure, you think president Bush doesn't care about the veterans returning from the war because of what happened at Walter Reed , but hey, he called for a "probe." What's the guy supposed to do? He's just the president. Or maybe the loss of 26.5 million veteran's records upset you, but come on. They'd only known about those problems for five years, what do you expect? Miracles? Well, the VA has been trying to do that. On paper at least.

Look, the bottom line is no one takes care of veterans like their own. Take the Army for instance. What do they do to reward the longest serving unit in Iraq when it finally returns? Why, everything in their power to make sure the members of that unit receive the full benefits for their service, right guys?

1st Lt. Jon Anderson said he never expected to come home to this: A government refusing to pay education benefits he says he should have earned under the GI bill.

Well, look, no system is perfect. We're sure yours is an isolated case.

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. "Which would be allowing the soldiers an extra $500 to $800 a month," Anderson said.

"I would assume, and I would hope, that when I get back from a deployment of 22 months, my senior leadership in Washington, the leadership that extended us in the first place, would take care of us once we got home," said Anderson's fellow platoon leader, John Hobot.

Yeah. Say, listen, we're going to have to get back to you on that. We got a lapel pin crisis going over here.

Both Hobot and Anderson believe the Pentagon deliberately wrote orders for 729 days instead of 730. Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would receive benefits to pay for school.

"We don't count leap year," said an Army spokesperson. "Besides, what do they care about school? They're going back in six months anyway."

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