"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Saturday, November 05, 2005
At least 15 soldiers with the Washington State National Guard have been denied bonuses they were promised by the Pentagon if they re-enlisted, and at least one has hired an attorney.
The soldiers, many stationed in Iraq at the time, signed re-enlistment forms promising them a tax-free $15,000 bonus in return for their service, said Maj. Phil Osterli, a state Guard spokesman.
But the Department of Defense has since withdrawn the offer, saying the bonuses were canceled because they duplicated other programs and were prohibited.
Update 11/8/05: Someone at the Pentagon finally realized this was a really bad idea, and gave in. Congratulations to the Guard members who will be getting the bonuses they were promised.