Saturday, October 6, 2007

Supporting the troops .. yeah .. right

The 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard recently ended a 22-month tour of duty in Iraq, the longest deployment of any ground-combat unit in the Armed Forces. Many of its members returned home, looking forward to using education benefits under the GI bill.

For example, John Hobot, a platoon leader, said, "I would assume, and I would hope, that when I get back from a deployment of 22 months, my senior leadership in Washington, the leadership that extended us in the first place, would take care of us once we got home."

It's not working that way. The Guard troops have been told that in order to be eligible for the education benefits they expect, they had to serve 730 days in Iraq. They served 729.

Via Talking Points Memo and Balloon Juice comes this bit of stupidity.

The worst part about it in my mind is that someone thought that they were being very clever and saving a lot of money. I count beans for a living and I know that some of the things that I tell management will lead to folks losing jobs from time to time but holy shit this is a cold-hearted thing to do.

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