Thursday, August 02, 2007

Army's 'Debt Of Service' Leaves Vets Perplexed

First, the service men and women are paid too little when they are on duty. Next, they are sent back into another tour over and over again. Then, if they get injured, the quality of the healthcare able to be delivered is pinched for money and resources. Now comes this news. The bills for the lost and damaged equipment while in the service. - Army's 'Debt Of Service' Leaves Vets Perplexed: "Former Army Specialist Rodriguez started getting bills for $700 for lost or damaged government property this summer. Although he was discharged some four years ago, bills recently arrived demanding payment, but giving no details on what or why -- nor do they offer a way to dispute the charges.

'For doing my job you're going to bill me?' Rodriguez said.

And he's not alone. A 2006 government report found more than 1,000 soldiers being billed a total of $1.5 million. And while fighting overseas put their lives on the line, this battle on paper could cost them their future by ruining their credit. Rodriguez will be reported to credit agencies next month."

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