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BREAKING NEWS: On October 26th, 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered for his staff to temporarily halt their seeking of repayment. However, he also ordered that a process be put into place by January 1st, 2017 where debts can still be collected, in a way that isn't as harmful for owing service members. This is still unacceptable. Our service members shouldn't have to pay back a dime. Help end this absurdity by signing below.
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From 2006 to 2008, in order to bolster a shortage of fighting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the California National Guard offered bonuses of $15,000 or more to soldiers to reenlist.

A decade later, after audits revealed widespread overpayments by the California National Guard, the Department of Defense began forcing thousands of soldiers who accepted those enlistment bonuses to cough the money back up. If these soldiers didn't repay their enlistment bonuses, they were liable to be slapped with interest charges, wage garnishments, and tax liens.

Now, after pushback from citizens across the country, the Department of Defense has altered their stance. Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered a temporary halt of his staff's seeking of repayment. In its place he has ordered that a process be developed by January 1st, 2017, so that service members will still have to pay back their debt, but that they can do so in ways that are less harmful to their quality of life.

This is absurd. Many of these veterans served their country through multiple combat tours, in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Some were wounded. Some gave the ultimate sacrifice. They shouldn't have to refinance mortgages, medical bills, and student loan payments. They shouldn't have to pay for the mistakes of the U.S. Government.

Sign the petition below demanding Defense Secretary Ash Carter to forgive these debts, and to forever stop demanding payback from veterans and their families.

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Dear Defense Secretary Carter,

From 2006 to 2008, the California National Guard financially incentivized reenlistment so that military presence within Iraq and Afghanistan could be strengthened. Thousands of soldiers responded, and used their bonuses as they saw fit. Mortgages. Medical bills. Student loans.

I understand that there are a lot of moving parts within the California National Guard. I understand that there are a lot of moving parts within the Department of Defense. I also understand that you have a responsibility to both the service member and the taxpayer, and that developing a process to semi-please both parties is what you'd consider a win-win scenario.

But this is wrong. These men and women risked everything for you, for me, for this country. They and their families shouldn't be asked to shrug their shoulders at a promise broken by the government they swore to protect.

Tying a bow called "process" on the matter, and continuing to force veterans and their families to repay decades-old enlistment bonuses is more than a mistake — it's a tragedy I'll never be able to forgive.

Defense Secretary Carter, I demand that you do what is morally right, and forgive these enlistment bonus debts, now, and forever.


Petition Signatures

Apr 29, 2017 Rich Montesi
Apr 27, 2017 Lynda Cruickshank
Apr 21, 2017 Linda Brooks Make EVERYONE in the government give back their raises that they did NOTHING to earn. This is PURE BS.
Apr 19, 2017 Luanne McCallister What a bunch of BS! This is a slap in the face to our military. They were offered the bonus, and did their job. It is so wrong to go after them know. I don't even know what else to say. Total BS.
Apr 18, 2017 Lisa m. Arnold
Apr 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Apr 17, 2017 Margaret Klessig
Apr 16, 2017 Judy McKinney
Apr 16, 2017 Kimberly Wise
Apr 11, 2017 Vicki Hall
Apr 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 Sharon Martin Veteran shouldn't paid it back if anything they deserve more than they are getting.
Apr 10, 2017 Ann Tagen
Apr 9, 2017 R Belkin
Apr 9, 2017 Rodney Plummer
Apr 9, 2017 cheryl ann burns
Apr 9, 2017 Dianne Doochin
Apr 9, 2017 Donna DeBroux
Apr 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2017 Brandy Robinson
Apr 9, 2017 Marion Jurchen
Apr 9, 2017 Joe Weems
Apr 8, 2017 Aurora Barabancea
Apr 5, 2017 Melody Patten
Apr 5, 2017 Melody Patten
Apr 5, 2017 Renella Kendall
Apr 5, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 5, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Apr 4, 2017 Crystal Plummer
Apr 2, 2017 loretta woodard These men and women sacrificed everything for us I say they paid thier dues
Apr 2, 2017 Jennifer Banta
Apr 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2017 Diane Summerville
Mar 27, 2017 Kris Van Winkle This is disgraceful and ludicrous and needs to be stopped immediately.
Mar 27, 2017 Lisa King
Mar 27, 2017 Gaby Cleveland
Mar 27, 2017 Susan Ellis The government made the mistake, not the active duty and veterans!
Mar 27, 2017 pearl wheeler
Mar 24, 2017 Jeanette Perkins
Mar 24, 2017 Laura Tomaszewski
Mar 24, 2017 Tammie Hall This is just plain wrong! They do not deserve to be treated like this! Stop this action and pay those who have paid anything back what was collected!!!
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is so freaking wrong!! Do you honestly expect new citizens will even sign up! Once this gets on the social media! People will think first before they accept, believing that the promises offered will be lies!
Mar 22, 2017 Arthur Bullard the service people deserve every little bit they get and more
Mar 21, 2017 Stacey MyCue Disgraceful is an understatement.
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 Betty Jones Freedom is never Free
Mar 20, 2017 Martha Danielson These people did their part, now it's up to the government to keep its word.

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