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SNAFU followup - demand for bonus return a "mistake"
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 21, 2007

You remember the story yesterday about the wounded veteran receiving a letter from DoD demanding he pay back a portion of his enlistment bonus because he hadn't fulfilled his contract. Of course, he was medically retired because of his wounds, but the bureaucracy didn't seem to understand that or care.

Well it seems that it cares now:
KDKA contacted the Pentagon. Investigators there took a look. A military spokesman told KDKA's Marty Griffin the bill sent to Fox was a mistake.

Griffin asked Army Spokesperson Major Nathan Banks if the government was taking on Fox's case.

Banks said via phone, "We are. We are ... definitely working it out. We have seen where the problems have been made, the system, and we're just making - you know, give us the opportunity to make a wrong a right."

Major Banks says Fox will not have to pay back his bonus.
Congrats to KDKA for breaking the story, doing the followup and getting a wrong righted. Nice to see that sort of advocacy journalism at work.
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It’s nice to see one of these stories have a happy ending. Thanks for sharing this.
Written By: crouton
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I have seen no reports on the actual number of such errors and apparently the military is not commenting on that aspect of the situation so it is hard to determine if it was some bureaucrat gone wild or a simple mistake. If it was the former, someone should lose their job. Anyone in their right mind would know that this was wrong. It would be interesting to know whose signature was on the notification. It would be nice if a copy of the notification was published. I also wonder if some widows have received a similar notice. I can tell you this, if my son who is now in Iraq decided to reenlist, then he was wounded such that he could not serve and he received such a notice, this old veteran would find out who did it and devote all his energy to having that person pay with public exposure to the nth degree and whatever else was legally permissible.
Written By: AMR
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At under "How Bureaucracy (Doesn’t) Work", one is given a reason why this has happened. Typical government; verifying the data is “not my job” for some people; just let the computer do it; not my problem. But if the computer screwed up their pay check, that would be a different story.
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