Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Better Off Dead?

If you're an enlisted person, fighting in the endless war on terror, if you happen to be engaged by the enemy, better hope they kill you, rather than just maim or disfigure you. Why?
Because if you're unable to finish your tour of duty, you will be expected to pay back your enlistment bonus. Never mind that your sacrificed part of your self so that military contractors will have enough Hummer juice to drive to their summer (or winter )homes, that's money that could be used to lure another sucker, er, I mean, soldier, off to protect the corpocracy in another part of the world.
Of course, when you come back with out an arm or leg, or suffering brain damage, you'll probably have to go through some sort of rehabilitation, do they charge you for that as well. then if you're lucky enough to find a job, well than you can start to pay back that bonus, while trying to retrofit your house with wheelchair ramps to make it easier for you to access, having given up part of your body so Big Oil can reap record profits. My suggestion? Collect money from all those people with the yellow ribbon magnets on their cars.

11 comments:

sumo said...

Makes sense.

pissed off patricia said...

Support the troops as you send them to fight and die, after that they're pretty much on their own. Talk about a sin!

annie said...

I like the version of that magnet ribbon that says "Just Pretend It's All Okay"

azgoddess said...

ok i haven't said this in awhile -- totally un-fucking-believable...

Mark said...

Your post is spin. The guy was put out on an RE-3 Psych Discharge from the Navy, he never saw a minute of combat. Give me one example of a disabled combat soldier who was made to pay recuopment on his/her bonus and I will retract.
Your worse then O'Reily and Hannity.

GraemeAnfinson said...

mental illness is a disability.

Mark said...

Recoupment of bonus' happens if it is before six months in service.
ie. I join and don't show up for my weekend drill or go AWOL. I have to pay my bonus back.
ie. I join the Navy and am discharged for a Psych reason, I have to pay my bonus back.
ie. If I join the Army Reserves and transfer to the Active Army before six months, I have to pay the bonus back( did that myself).
ie. If I join the National Guard and transfer to the Navy, I have to pay my bonus back.
I submit that the author show one case in which a soldier joined the Military, went to Iraq, got his legs...blown off and had to pay his bonus back.
If you can, they I will write my unresponsive senator on the day of the post.
Show me this is not spin, and make you references something other then a homemade wingnut website.
Then I will apologize and write my senator.

Mark said...

You got me, see post above. Thats as wrong as two boys fucking( put that in for your easily offended readers, meaning most)

navyswan said...
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Mark said...

Navy girl,
He moved into the officer program...I bet he knew, and so did you. Its not a lottery, it is military service.
Take the hit.

navyswan said...

The point I was making is that there are bonuses that are not just given when one enlists, there are ones that can be given later for specific jobs and/or training. But, of course, that flew right by you.