09 February 2006

U.S. to repay soldier billed for body armor

In follow-up to the piece I posted yesterday about how the U.S. government billed a wounded soldier for lost body armor, I would like to report the "happy" ending: The government is going to repay the soldier.

From NBC 10 in Philly:
A former soldier injured in Iraq is getting a refund after being forced to pay for his missing body armor vest, which medics destroyed because it was soaked with his blood, officials said Wednesday.

First Lt. William "Eddie" Rebrook IV, 25, had to leave the Army with a shrapnel injury to his arm. But before he could be discharged last week, he says he had to scrounge up cash from his buddies to pay $632 for the body armor and other gear he had lost.
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