Vets forced to pay back millions

CA Guard veterans told to repay enlistment bonuses

(CNN) – American veterans who once put their lives on the line fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are now locked in a struggle with their own government.

Nearly 10,000 vets in California are being asked to pay back bonuses they received when they enlisted in the National Guard. The government says in many cases, the bonuses should never have been awarded to begin with.

A federal investigation found enlistment officers committing fraud by paying incentive bonuses in order to make recruitment goals. While the California National Guard shares the frustration, it says it does not have the authority to waive the debts but suggests that soldiers can petition to have the debts waived.