Veterans Forced To Pay Back Thousands Of Dollars In Bonuses
The California National Guard gave out millions of dollars in bonuses to convince soldiers to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.By Ryan Biek | October 23, 2016
Roughly 10,000 California soldiers and veterans who signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan are now being forced to pay back the bonuses they received to convince them to go to war.
Around a decade ago, the military was short on troops, and the National Guard had recruitment quotas to fill. The California Guard turned to giving bonuses –– in many cases amounting to over $15,000 –– to get soldiers to reenlist.
The problem is that certain recruiters reportedly committed fraud to meet their quotas. The generous bonuses were only meant to go to soldiers with high-demand assignments, like intelligence and civil affairs, or noncommissioned officers in certain units.