Target: Eric Kenneth Fanning, United States Secretary of the Army
Goal: Forgive the crippling debt that almost 10,000 service men and women have fallen into because of the mismanagement of their superiors.
During the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, many soldiers were offered bonuses and tuition reimbursement to re-enlist. This was done in an attempt to boost the number of enlisted people in special services. Unfortunately, some of the people in charge of approving and allocating these funds did so erroneously. Now, after putting their lives at risk and making many sacrifices, they are being asked to repay this money with interest.
In any other circumstance, an employer would not be able to ask for money back with interest for an error that they made. The U.S. government does not follow the same rules as the average employer. The government has found that $70-100 million was paid out by overzealous recruiters, and it wants the money back. The government is even willing to garnish a soldier’s wages to do it; effectively ruining their credit and making them suffer undue financial hardship.
There is enough money when it comes to every other aspect of defense spending. Why is there not enough when it comes to supporting our veterans and troops at home?
These soldiers signed up to risk their lives, and they signed up with the conditions that they would receive a certain amount of payment for the risks that they were taking. They held up their end of the bargain with blood, sweat, and tears. Sign this petition to ask that our government holds up its end of the contract and forgive the debts of these troops.
Dear Secretary Fanning,
The Pentagon has asked almost 10,000 troops to pay back bonuses that military management told them they were entitled to. The military entered into a contract with these troops and now it is rescinding that agreement by asking for that money back.
This mistake was not theirs, yet now they are burdened with cumbersome debt and interest payments. They are having their wages garnished and their family’s financial security threatened. This is not the way to treat people who work for you. This is not how you treat people who risk their lives and bodies in defense of your country.
This mistake should not fall on the people who took those bonuses, but on those who erroneously approved the payments. Show that you actually support our troops. Please work with congress to forgive these debts.
[Your Name Here]
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