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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

Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2017 Charles H Hall Sr Leave all of them alone. They were never paid enough for what they had to do & sacrifice during their Service to our Country anyway :(
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2017 Marguerite Fanfan
Jun 22, 2017 Shashawna Foland
Jun 22, 2017 Victoria Barajas
Jun 20, 2017 Gretchen Lewis pop
Jun 18, 2017 Kathryn Sweeney
Jun 17, 2017 Barbara Bettencourt
Jun 16, 2017 Linda Butler
Jun 14, 2017 Denise Kastner Veterans sacrifice time with their families, their lives and risk of serious injury. NOW we need to sacrifice for them, whatever it takes. Pro War but cut Veterans benenefits? Pro life but send servicemen and women to face death or injury? Republicans!
Jun 14, 2017 Sandra Schomberg
Jun 14, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Jun 14, 2017 patsy paustenbach
Jun 12, 2017 suzie stoltz
Jun 11, 2017 Doug Helliesen
Jun 11, 2017 Matthew Keller
Jun 11, 2017 ron smith
Jun 11, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Jun 11, 2017 Marianne Connolly
Jun 10, 2017 Joseph Morales
Jun 10, 2017 patricia sutter
Jun 10, 2017 Carol Baker
Jun 10, 2017 Arden Leslie
Jun 10, 2017 Carol Doud
Jun 10, 2017 Lora Hamman
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 9, 2017 Shari Ball This is so wrong!!!!
Jun 8, 2017 Erin Sanders
Jun 8, 2017 Marsha Thalleen Please don't force Veterans to pay for the mistakes of others.
Jun 7, 2017 Lenora CdeBaca These debts have been paid in full by the sacrifices these soldiers have made. Can the lives that were taken be paid back?
Jun 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 5, 2017 Jan Adler
Jun 5, 2017 Lori Toler This is an outrage!! These men and women sacrificed for their country and families and were promised these bonuses in exchange. They've earned this money!!
Jun 4, 2017 Brenda McKinney This is a disgrace. What are your plans for retreaving said funds from the soldiers who gave the ultimate price? I guess bug the families right? After all they benefited correct? And you cant make just certain ones repay. So what is your answer to this.
Jun 1, 2017 Robert Morris
Jun 1, 2017 Kelly Talbot
Jun 1, 2017 george lewis
May 31, 2017 Cynthia Dunne What a disgrace !!!!! This should not happen....we can't repay these men and women enough as it is, and you want to take from them.....people who have sacrificed everything for us. Wrong in so many ways !!!!
May 30, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 30, 2017 Lynda Kerr
May 30, 2017 Deborah Maes I am at a loss for words....please don't let this happen. Where would we be now if theses brave men and women had not stepped up, and where will they be if they have to pay back money when some are poverty level as it is??πŸ˜”πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
May 30, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
May 29, 2017 D Wong Take the funds from accepting Muslims here and paying for them monthly! And slap the sanctuary cities without funding them if they are harboring illegal immigrants. Do not pick on our military whatsoever !
May 28, 2017 Allan Booyjzsen
May 28, 2017 Kevin Shear They deserve that money, becausecthey gave of their selves, so that we can keep our freedom!!!!
May 26, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
May 26, 2017 Barbara Wojtczak

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