Friday, December 10, 2004

Democrats Needed to Fix Republiscum Mess As Usual

In another move to screw our soldiers by the scum, Senators Schumer and Clinton are called in to fix the mess....and as usual in these scum quagmires, they fixed it. When the going gets on a Democrat to fix it. We have intelligence.

Lawmakers Help Wounded Soldier Get Home
December 10, 2004 4:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON - Spc. Robert Loria of Middletown, N.Y., lost his arm in Iraq, but instead of a farewell paycheck from the Army he got a bill for nearly $1,800. On Friday a platoon of New York lawmakers came to his rescue. Loria found himself stuck in Fort Hood in Texas this week when Army officials said he owed money for travel expenses and for lost equipment.

Rep. Maurice Hinchey and Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton interceded on behalf of the 27-year-old veteran after his wife, Christine Loria, told the Times-Herald Record of Middletown about the problem.

Loria was wounded in February. But as he was about to leave the Army this month, officials told him he had been overpaid for his time as a patient at a military hospital in the Washington area, and said he still owed money for travel between the hospital and Fort Hood, as well as $310 for items not found in his returned equipment.

Instead of a check for nearly $4,500, Loria was told he had to pay nearly $1,800.

"Christmas is coming up, and we are severely overdrawn because of this," his wife said. "It turned out his getting wounded wasn't the worst thing this year to happen - this was."

Clinton, Schumer, and Hinchey said Friday the Army had dropped the billing demands and would allow Loria to return home on leave before he is discharged.

Clinton's office said late Friday that Army officials were now looking at the cases of 19 other injured veterans who may have had payroll situations similar to Loria's.

She blamed Loria's problem on someone in the bureaucracy being unwilling to help him with paperwork the Army insisted upon.

The lawmakers, all Democrats, said Loria should be able to head home to New York in a day or two.
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