I frequently see “Support Our Troops” bumper stickers. I see them making statements both for and against the ‘war’ in Iraq; but many people on both sides of the ‘war issue’ agree that the men and women sent to Iraq deserve the support of those of us at home. What does ‘support our troops’ mean though? Obviously, the government’s definition of ‘support’ is a little different than the one I grew up with:
WCSH6.com – National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War
National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War
Rhonda Erskine, Online Content Producer
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 Bushs surge.
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.
“Its pretty much a slap in the face,” Anderson said. “I think it was a scheme to save money, personally. I think it was a leadership failure by the senior Washington leadership… once again failing the soldiers.”
Andersons 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.
You can’t tell me that someone ‘accidentally’ or ‘randomly’ wrote out a 729 day deploy order. That’s a pretty odd number to just pop out of someone’s head. It is the perfect number if you want to squeeze as much blood out of a combat unit as you can while not having to give them GI education benefits… Talk about support. Is this the type of greedy back-stabbing government that we are trying to forcefully promote in other parts of the world?