[QODLink]
Archive
US slow in reimbursing soldiers
The US Defence Department has not yet developed a plan to reimburse soldiers for equipment they bought to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan despite a law passed last year.
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2005 23:33 GMT
Soldiers were to be paid for equipment they bought
The US Defence Department has not yet developed a plan to reimburse soldiers for equipment they bought to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan despite a law passed last year.

Senator Christopher Dodd in a letter to Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday asked for details on the Pentagon's progress in setting up the reimbursement programme and questioned why it was not in place yet.

"Very simply, this is either negligence on their part, because they were not happy with this when it passed, or it's incompetence," Dodd said.

"It's pretty outrageous when you have all their rhetoric about how much we care about our people in uniform."
  
The Pentagon had no immediate comment.
  
Soldiers serving in Iraq and their families have reported buying everything from higher-quality protective gear to armour for their Humvee vehicles, medical supplies and even global positioning devices. 

Reimbursing soldiers
  
In response to the complaints, Congress last year passed Dodd's amendment requiring the Pentagon to reimburse members of the Armed Services for the cost of any safety or health equipment that they bought or someone else bought on their behalf. 

"Very simply, this is either negligence on their part, because they were  not happy with this when it passed, or it's incompetence"

Senator Christopher Dodd

Under the law, the Defence Department had until 25 February to develop regulations on the reimbursement, which is limited to $1,100 per item.
 
Dodd asked that Rumsfeld provide details on the department's progress. But he also said it was unclear what recourse he has, other than public embarrassment, to force the Defence Department to act.
  
Senator John Kerry, who repeatedly decried the lack of equipment during his unsuccessful presidential campaign, said the Pentagon needed to move quickly to give the troops their reimbursement and armoured Humvees.
  
"They should be living up to the letter of the law," Kerry said.
Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.