There's a lot of outrage aimed at The Pentagon...and the anger is growing. The department is demanding soldiers pay back the thousands of dollars they received as enlistment signing bonuses at the height of the wars 10-years ago.
Nearly 10,000 California Army National Guard soldiers were given a bonus to re-enlist and go fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now, many of whom risked their lives during multiple combat tours have been told to give the money back -- because the bonuses were improperly paid out.
One of the soldiers who risked his life in Iraq for this country was Robert D'Andrea. He retired from the military last year. After putting in 21-years of service, he was told to give back his bonus of $20,000 dollars.
He was told auditors couldn't find his contract so he had to give the money back. D'Andrea has appealed and is running out of options.
Sgt. Robert D'Andrea is now with the Santa Monica Police Department. He joined us on Good Day LA Tuesday morning to discuss the controversy.
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