May 09, 2006
That sad but true story is detailed in a new report by the Government Accountability Office, which found that hundreds of severely wounded war veterans continue to be hassled due to payroll errors or bogus debts because the Pentagon can't get its computerized pay system in order.
Talk about heaping insult on top of injury. We can't imagine shabbier treatment of men and women in uniform.
The basic problem is an outmoded computer system for tracking and paying personnel. Pay and duty records aren't integrated, leading to errors like excess combat pay that sometimes don't get noticed, much less corrected, for months.
Maybe the military wouldn't
be the military without its frequent snafus, but the antiquated
pay system is one tradition that could, and should, be fixed.
It's no laughing matter.
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