Bleeding Our Vets


Thousands of Army National Guard members are facing the burden of returning money promised to them by their recruiters.

Thousands of veterans from California, and many in others states, are being punished for the mistakes made by their superiors who gave them enlistment bonuses. Now the Pentagon is saying those bonuses weren’t authorized and the Guard members must pay the military back.

If the military made the screw up then they’re the ones who need to eat it. Many members of Congress, Democrat and Republican, agree.

Very few of us serve our nation in the military. It’s unfair to ask so much of our service men and women and then demand more when they return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

I sent this cartoon to my clients just as I was starting this post and I’ve already heard from one my California editors thanking me for it.

I know I probably messed up something in the uniforms here, especially the guy on the right. I wanted to throw in a little honor for my father in this cartoon so the patch is from the division he served in while he fought in Vietnam, 1st Armored Division, nicknamed “Old Ironsides.” I’m sure Guard members are not in that division but I’m using a bit of creative license here.

Military people are very specific and I’m sure I’ll be hearing from more than one of them, including my son. Go ahead and give it to me. It never hurts to learn something.

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  1. Reblogged this on Writing Radiation and commented:
    It’s disgraceful to ask people who served this country with honor to repay bonuses their superiors didn’t have authorization to give out. The Vets didn’t make the mistake, but, as usual, they’re paying the price.

    I hadn’t heard about this until I read Clay’s post. I want to thank him for informing people. Everyone needs to know about the horrible way we show our veterans respect & gratitude – this is just one more in a long, long list of how we mistreat them. 😥


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