Jordan Fox served in Iraq and was seriously injured. He was sent home, unable to complete the final three months of his military commitment. The Pentagon sent a bill stating that Fox owed the government nearly $3,000 of his signing bonus.
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Wounded Soldiers Not Required To Repay Signing Bonuses

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Jordan Fox served in Iraq, and, like so many loyal soldiers, was seriously injured. Fox's injury occurred when a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle, causing back injuries and blindness in his right eye. He was sent home, unable to complete the final three months of his military commitment.

President Bush sent a personal note expressing his concerns and his deep appreciation to the Fox family.

But later, Fox also received a somewhat disturbing note from the Bush administration: the Pentagon sent a bill stating that Fox owed the government nearly $3,000 of his signing bonus.

The U.S. Military was demanding that Fox, and thousands of other wounded service personnel, give back their signing bonuses - some as much as $30,000 - because these brave men and women were now unable to serve out their military commitments.

Fox didn't have $3,000 to give the government; in fact, his injuries had caused him to give up his dream of becoming a police officer.

SENATOR CLINTON STEPS IN TO ENSURE SOLDIERS' SIGNING BONUSES

Senator Hillary Clinton was appalled to hear about Fox's predicament, and that of so many other soldiers like him.

Clinton immediately called on the Pentagon to end the policy that required repayment of enlistment bonuses by medically discharged wounded soldiers. She also requested that the Army disclose the number of wounded soldiers who have been affected by this policy and she further promised to introduce new legislation to guarantee the full repayment of bonuses and incentives to wounded veterans who may have returned theirs by request of the US Military.

Senator Clinton's letter to Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, strongly urged a reversal of policy:

"Requiring soldiers who are being medically discharged to return their bonuses is outrageous. It dishonors their service and undermines the Army's solemn commitment to soldiers and their families. If the Administration does not reverse this misguided policy, Congress should pass legislation to set this right."

BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL S. TUCKER ANNOUNCES A RESOLUTION

In May, 2011, Brigadier General Michael S. Tucker's announced a final decision: the Army's policy is that it will not ask for repayment of bonuses paid to those soldiers injured in the line of duty.

Brigadier General Michael S. Tucker also announced a toll free hot line to contact if you are concerned about any correspondence you may have received requesting that you return any portion of your signing bonus after being honorably discharged from service. Veterans are encouraged to call 1-800-984 8523, the hotline manned by human operators 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, standing by to resolve your situation as regards your signing bonus.

And while the Army will not be asking repayment of bonuses paid to those soldiers injured in the line of duty, perhaps the policy could even go further and ensure that wounded soldiers also receive the remaining balance of future bonus payments.



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