Friday, March 11, 2005

Payback is Hell

If you're a soldier, it's tough enough being sent to war. It's even worse when you have to buy your own equipment to go fight it.

That's happened a lot with soldiers sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers have paid for their own armor, medical supplies, and GPS devices -- things you'd expect Uncle Sam to spring for.

In fact, there's a law saying Washington's supposed to reimburse troops for those kinds of things. But a year after the law passed, the Pentagon still has no plan on how to get them money back to the troops -- even though the White House just asked for an extra $74.9 billion for defense.

Adds new meaning to the phrase, "Payback is hell." (BaltSun)

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