We Support Our Veterans — NOT!!
If you’re a soldier fighting in Iraq, BYOB doesn’t refer to a booze party. It means Bring Your Own Bullets. The Defense Department is supposed to reimburse soldiers for the money they’ve had to spend buying their own protective gear, medical supplies, armor for their Humvees and global positioning devices. This reimbursement hasn’t happened yet.
Under a law passed last year, the Pentagon had until February 25th to come up with a reimbursement plan. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), who sponsored the bill, said “very simply, this is either negligence on their part, because they were not happy with this when it passed, or it’s incompetence. It’s pretty outrageous when you have all their rhetoric about how much we care about our people in uniform.”
In addition, of course, veterans’ benefits are about to be reduced as part of the 2006 budget now before Congress. And the bankruptcy bill that just passed has deleted all protections for soldiers and veterans. Lost your job while you were fighting overseas? Tough shit, Deadbeat. Quit whining and pay up!
Behind all the patriotic slogans and chestbeating, our “leaders” have been stabbing our soldiers in the back. Again.