Friday, February 15, 2008

Toy Soldiers, the Game of Risk, and the Department of Defense

I've referenced the Richard Gere/Julia Roberts Pretty Woman dialogue in my writing before -- time to pull it out again. People shock the hell out of me!

I recently learned that back in July of 2007, a presidential commission revealed that the Department of Defense is penalizing WOUNDED veterans by not providing them with their full enlistment bonuses. AND in some cases, WOUNDED VETERANS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO RETURN THE MONEY THEY'VE ALREADY RECEIVED.

In other words, the financial incentive is only if the veteran makes it around the board and passes Go without getting injured. Am I the only one or does it sometimes feel like the current administration thinks they are sitting at a board game with toy soldiers and play money? Like Risk or Monopoly with each square being a different country.

If "we" truly want change, then "we" need to act NOW!

For more information on how YOU can be a change agent NOW, please visit and sign this letter to your Congressional Representative:

H.R. 3793 - Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act

Troops who are discharged for injuries they've sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan should be entitled to their full enlistment bonuses. I stand with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in supporting the Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act (H.R. 3793), and hope you will do the same.

We cannot continue to nickel and dime these men and women who have given so much to serve our country. Please support H.R. 3793.

Thank you.

When you sign this letter on IAVA's website, the letter will automatically be sent to your Congressional Representative.

If you or someone you know has been affected by this unfair issue, please contact Rob Timmins, the IAVA Field Director, at

Please take the time to support wounded veterans today -- sign and [click] send the letter (on the IAVA website) to your Congressional Representative! Thank you!

And thank you to all veterans.

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