WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the news that the Pentagon is seeking repayment of re-enlistment bonuses equaling millions of dollars from nearly 10,000 current or former soldiers in the California National Guard, now saying they weren't eligible for these bonuses, Paralyzed Veterans of America has issued the following statement from its Executive Director, Sherman Gillums, Jr.:
"These dedicated soldiers acted in good faith and upheld their part of the bargain, many at risk of life and limb. They should not have to pay for someone else's mistake. The fact that they are now being burdened with repayment of re-enlistment bonuses is tantamount to our government reneging on the deal after these men and women did what was asked of them, which is completely unacceptable. Paralyzed Veterans stands by these soldiers and urges the Department of Defense to consider any 'debt' owed part of the cost of preserving freedom and waive repayment of these bonuses."
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)
SOURCE Paralyzed Veterans of America