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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

Jan 17, 2017 Dean OBrien
Jan 17, 2017 Tama Hyche This is disgraceful & should never be allowed to happen. They deserve all our respect & the money they were promised for their service & sacrifice to our country. God bless our military & the USA🇺🇸
Jan 16, 2017 Joshua Snow
Jan 16, 2017 Michelle Howe
Jan 16, 2017 Gay Rieger This would be an utter disgrace to make these veterans have to pay these bonuses back. They laid their lives on the line to keep us safe! These bonus paybacks should be waived WITHOUT QUESTION!!
Jan 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) I also ashamed of my government!!! They risked their lives for all of us!!!! Sooo wrong.
Jan 15, 2017 Robin Dilg Unbelievable! How is this even legal? I feel so ashamed of our government!
Jan 14, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 14, 2017 Elaine Heathcoat
Jan 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2017 Shannon Sicocan
Jan 13, 2017 Inez L Dooney Leave our Veterans money alone! As they have sacrificed dearly for what little we pay them. They should be getting congress wages and congress should get theirs. Just sayin'
Jan 10, 2017 Nicki Hill
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 Karen Schortemeyer Service members should NOT have to Pay Back Bonuses! The Govt screw up & besides they risked everything for YOUR WARS!
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Jan 10, 2017 Sandra Wong We should have special funds to help with their needed
Jan 10, 2017 Phoenix Whitewolf
Jan 10, 2017 Ronald Johnson
Jan 10, 2017 serina Griffin
Jan 10, 2017 Beverly Leath
Jan 10, 2017 Mary Griggs This is ridiculous!! Isn't one death an hour by suicide enough!
Jan 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) Leave our vets alone! How about you go after those living off welfare who didn't protect our country, who don't get up and work or volunteer or contribute to society, and would never protect us.
Jan 10, 2017 Kim Ng
Jan 9, 2017 sara elkins
Jan 9, 2017 Shawna Harbaugh This is very wrong. These men and women risked everything for this country. They shouldn't be asked to shrug their shoulders at a promise broken by the government they swore to protect.
Jan 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2017 Dawn Lawler Please do not do this to our heroes.
Jan 8, 2017 Sandra Gates
Jan 7, 2017 Marian Groover Our Veterans upheld their part of the agreement. Do not go after them for money you said you would pay during the years they were serving
Jan 7, 2017 Linda DeMercer
Jan 7, 2017 Sandra Picciotto
Jan 6, 2017 Donna Deville I am a USN Veteran n absolutely Not! This is wrong The Military deserves everything above n beyond never to pay back a thing .. This gov needs to respect Active duty n the small salarys that are payed fir protecting this Country !!!!
Jan 5, 2017 Rita Camaño
Jan 4, 2017 Caroline CEDELLE
Jan 4, 2017 Lawrence G Collier When does this all END? How much more CRAP DO THE SOLDIERS HAVE TO TAKE???
Jan 3, 2017 Martha Jones
Jan 2, 2017 Becky Marek
Jan 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2017 Heather .E. German
Jan 2, 2017 Marie St Martin
Jan 2, 2017 Shelly Collins
Jan 1, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is wrong. These men and women risk their lives at great personal cost to the and are not reimbursed for many of the expenses the incurr.
Dec 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 31, 2016 Cheryl Fryzel
Dec 31, 2016 gabrina tafoya
Dec 30, 2016 kenneth west the money spent on law breaking, illegals, SHOULD BE SPENT ON THE VETS.

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