U.S. Military Bills Wounded Soldier For Lost Equipment
TheCameraObscura | May 30, 2010 at 01:36 pmby
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While Congress, the media and the U.S. military debate whether or not to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, there's another policy that is rarely mentioned and has been in effect for decades: charging wounded soldiers for missing equipment.
Gary Pfleider, a six-year veteran of the Guard, received a Purple Heart after he was shot by a sniper in Iraq. Some time later, he received a somewhat less gratifying award: A bill for $3,175 for military equipment that was lost when he was shipped out of Iraq for medical treatment.