Combat Wounded Soldiers Ripped Off In Tax Sham

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Wounded Soldiers

Benjamin KrauseA recent investigation shows the Pentagon ripped off wounded soldiers through a repayment scheme to a tune of $78 million over the past 25 years.

Lawmakers were shocked to learn the Department of Defense had knowingly withheld tax payments from the disability payments paid to wounded soldiers on their way out of the military. Federal law prohibited the practice, but the DOD victimized at least 13,000 disabled soldiers through its withholding policy.

According to Stars and Stripes:

“Federal law prohibits taxation of the lump sum disability severance paid to troops who separate from service after combat-related injuries. But the pay system used by the Department of Defense has been automatically deducting taxes from those payments since 1991, according to a joint statement from the National Veterans Legal Services Program and Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Mark Warner, D-VA.”

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), a nonprofit that represents disabled veterans against the government, uncovered the scam. NVLSP presented the problem to lawmakers who promised to take action this year.

NVLSP attorney Tom Moore said:

“Most troubling is that we learned the government had known about this problem for decades yet continued to take this money from thousands of disabled veterans.”

Legislation is now in the works to return the money, but how many lives were ruined in the process?

One Army veteran, Brandon Davis, was wounded in Iraq. He left the service in 2005 but was hit by around $8,000 because of the DOD sham.

Commenting on the DOD sham, Davis said, “This money would have helped me and my family as we adjusted to life after being discharged from the military.”

Senator Mark Warner, one of the lawmakers taking action, stated, “It’s unbelievable that Congress has to act in order to ensure that the law is followed and that veterans who have already sacrificed so much receive every penny of their severance.”

The problem American taxpayers see time and again is the Federal government knowingly ignoring the law to the disadvantage of Average Joe types.

How is it that DOD leaders with knowledge of this are not prosecuted for violating the law? I have no idea how Federal employees can create policies that violate Federal law that harm veterans or other Americans without penalty or prosecution.

More and more, I am convinced we live in a country that is no longer the land of the free. Instead, American taxpayers are apparently funding a governmental system that costs more than it delivers and penalizes its citizens who follow the law.

Those who adhere to the law and live modest lives are penalized by scams like this perpetrated the DOD withholding policy. But those who implement such policies or ignore their unrealized implications evade liability.

When will we finally prosecute Federal executives who knowingly violate the law through illegal policies or behavior?

Source: http://www.stripes.com/news/pentagon-erroneously-withheld-78-million-from-injured-veterans-over-25-years-1.399795

namnibor

How about reclaiming that amount PLUS interest and forever cease gov’t. employee performance bonuses? That $78 Million went someplace but where? Audit?

crazy elf
crazy elf
Ok, I’ve been waiting to have something come up, which would be close to the following blog! I believe this is it. Corruption has gone unabated for way to long in our “Constitutional Republic!” A few years ago, a man was sentenced to eight years for a “financial” thing he allegedly did. The charges were more likely false. Yet, the current administration felt it was their “duty” to “put him away!” Why? Because of a movie he was involved in!… Read more »
crazy elf
crazy elf

Correction,
D’Sousa was “confined for eight months”, not eight years!

91Veteran
91Veteran
D’ Sousa is a very good example of the double standard I mentioned above. I believe he was convicted of some kind of BS campaign finance violation, with much more blatant examples of campaign finance violations going on all around us. The ACORN organization that used to be is an example of using non-profit tax exempt status, but then participating in blatant political activities. Nobody was prosecuted for their illegal activities. Same with many other non-profits that engage in blatant… Read more »
Haystack
Haystack
Ben, this is the tip of the iceberg. Servicemembers retired from active service due to permanent disabilities rendering them unfit for continued active duty are a protected class (at least in the eyes of Congress) and thus are somewhat immune to increases in TriCare prescription co-payments for medications that are prescribed to treat their service-connected disabilities…but…might want to check that co-payment fee next time you fill a prescription at a retail pharmacy (because you don’t live near a military treatment… Read more »
Dennis Parker

I think that when the federal government allowed the United Federation of Government Emoloyees to form as the labor union that represents the employees of The People as a force to use against The People, that We The People need to decide that labor unions formed inside federal government are illegal.

Until then, there is nothing that We The People can do about it. Nothing.

Haystack
Haystack
Great idea! Adolph Hitler did just that! When he was done, there was absolutely no means to address grievances, let alone human rights, through any meaningful dialogue to impact change for the general good. The industrialists in Germany loved it…no Unions, no challenges to absolute authority. Obey or suffer the consequences, which are traditionally fatal for you or a member of your family. Sir, have you ever considered Union certification elections are held because individuals come to understand a need… Read more »
namnibor
Just keep drinking salvos of that Kool-Aid drivel you have been made to believe. The Union is ONLY there because of the cash cookie jar of the VA and ONLY FOR VA employees….the “Veteran part of VA” has been all but forgotten and only dusted-off when it comes to manufacturing yet another false flag excuse or program under auspices of helping Vets but further fuels the corruption machine, greasing it’s gears. If President Reagan were in Office currently, we would… Read more »
Dave May
Dave May

Dennis….That was very well said and very true ! Isn’t there an organization that can be formed by the military members that could help to fix this shit ???

Shannon
Shannon

I’m wondering if there is a list of those effected and how we get our money back?

namnibor
Call me a cynic but I would be very shocked if they provided such a list because am still thinking over time, $78 Million went into the pockets of those that KNEW all that time (decades) this was going on but did nothing. I can see it going something along the lines of a few years of various ‘committees’ and ‘studies’, to only state at end of it all…we spent that $78 Million trying to figure out where it went… Read more »
Shannon
Shannon

You’re probably correct. Maybe we should get the hackers that got into the Ashley Madison site find the names 🙂

Dina Padilla
Dina Padilla
I have been aiding injured workers & also vets with both problems being harmed or made sick at work. In the 30 years or so in doing this, I can honestly say that what goes on in this country’s govt comes from both sides of the aisle, both republican & democrat. Both sides cater to corporations who really are the king makers in both state & federal as well as in the military where some have made lots of money… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
When will we prosecute federal executives who knowingly violate the law? When Congress finally gets serious about overseeing the laws they pass. There is nothing else that will do it. Over the past 10 years or so, ignoring the law has become rather blatant. It was done prior to that during the Clinton years when a double standard seemed to appear where federal employees were prosecuted and/or fired for sexual harassment or sex on the job, but the standard for… Read more »
crazy elf
crazy elf
“When you sell your soul. It’s a one time thing. There’s no going back!” A ‘line’ from “Amerigeddon”. A film to be relased sometime in May 2016 by the son of Mr. Chuck Norris! This is what our countries “Elite Career Dinosaur Politicians” have done! They are reminiscent of the “Old World Royalty”! Two wars were hard fought to break the chains of an Oligarchy; ie: Our two Revolutionary Wars of 1776 & 1812! Are “We The People” willing to… Read more »
Dina Padilla
Not until we get real statesmen/women in elected offices,( who aren’t in office but for their OWN greedy arses, ) the current corporate backed crooks will not hold their own butts accountable, so we need to vote en masse. The people have more power in their votes as I would think that our vets hold more power in their numbers. That’s what congressmen & senators need to hear by letters or calls should they not do their job for our… Read more »
crazy elf
crazy elf
@91Veteran, namnibor, Dina & all brothers and sisters! The next movie D’Sousa is putting out, “2016 – Hillary’s America”, concerns the Democratic Party. If your unaware about this ruthless, power hungry, group. It begun, in earnest, during and right after the Civil War. They, “…disenfranchised the Republican Party…” to the same level as that “…of the (newly Freed) Slaves!” (source: “The American Civil War”)! Basically only allowing the “Republicans the same 2/3rd voting status!” Since then few have been able… Read more »
namnibor
On same wavelength as you crazyelf. Did you see where I think it was in NYC Central Park, “someone” placed a large headstone with “TRUMP” engraved upon it? For “someone or somebodies” to be THAT afraid of -1- individual speaks volumes. Corruption hates the light shown upon it…and like you eloquently stated, I too have felt for a while that I am a man without any allegiance to any particular Political Party because they are indeed BOTH equally culpable for… Read more »
dwayne
dwayne

Just wondering who we contact about this if you were affected by it. As i was a comabt retired medically injured and they took over 6000 in taxes and i have the les to prove it?

Edward J. Blassingame Sr
Edward J. Blassingame Sr

They need to look at history the most war machine of its day the Roman army began abusing its soldiers in the end to the point they began losing their motivation and drive DOD VA a vet can’t win.

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