More than 1000 Minnesota National Guard members returned from a 22 month tour in Iraq recently only to find that their educational benefits were not going to be paid to them. This is a unit that was deployed longer than any other ground combat unit to a festering [CIR]hole, but the government refuses to pay their GI Bill money.
Why, you ask?
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.
That’s right. The fetid sacks of pustulent hemorrhoids who are our government bureaucrats decided to save themselves some money by screwing the Soldiers. Because you see, it’s much more important to pay for the pet pork projects of congressional swine and overpay underrated government contractors for [CIR]ty work they barely know how to perform, than reward Soldiers for their sacrifices!
And they wonder why the Guard is losing good troops? Lack of leadership. Lack of integrity. Little more than lip service to Soldier care. Pathetic!
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Norm Coleman will be looking into this. And while the politicos are giving lip service to how outrageous this is, let’s see how long it takes to actually do something about it. I’m not holding my breath.