21 November 2007

Bumbling Bureaucracy Strikes Again

It was to some dismay that I heard about a soldier getting a bill from the DoD to return part of his bonus after recovering from combat-related wounds in Iraq. The story is here. Of course, it was a mistake on the military's part, but this is egregious. Anyone who has spent time in the military knows about foul-ups. I have had numerous pay issues, shipyard workers come down to the wrong boat to do maintenance, and a male colleague who got called to medical for his annual pap smear. You get used to this sort of thing, but sending a bill to a wounded vet is UNSAT! I urge our civilian and military colleagues who manage this sort of thing stateside to please pay a little closer attention to what you are doing. This is embarrassing.