Not Okay, California

I’m not normally one to spend my off days writing United States senators and congressional representatives, but waking up to this headline absolutely made my blood boil.


I urge you to read the article and see for yourself how unbelievably unacceptable this is. I hope you too are angered enough to write your elected officials (and current candidates) to let them know this is simply not okay.

Below is the letter I will be sending on blast, as well as links to how you can contact senators and representatives from California (where this is happening) and Nevada (where I live). You are more than welcome to use my letter if you don’t know exactly what to say.

Dear _____,

Thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns after reading the attached L.A. Times article revealing that thousands of California soldiers are being forced to repay enlistment bonuses almost a decade after going to war. I hope you understand and share my outrage over this.

The article states that “Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war. Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back.”

Not only are these nearly 10,000 soldiers now being forced to repay large enlistment bonuses because of mistakes made by the California Guard, but these brave men and women — many of whom left behind families and many of whom served multiple tours in war torn countries — are being slapped with interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse.

The reporter interviewed one veteran who served 26 years of her life in the United States Army. A quarter of her family’s income now goes straight back to the Pentagon to repay bonuses it says the Guard gave to her improperly. If that’s not enough, her husband and son also both served. Her son lost a leg in combat in Afghanistan.

It seems we are living in a time when Americans are more skeptical than ever of their government. I hope you will do what you can to remind us that this country is run by the people, for the people. I hope you will do whatever you can to ensure that these great heroes of our nation are not punished for the government’s mistake. I can assure The People are not okay with this.

Thank you again for your time.

Jessica Farkas

Email California Senator Dianne Feinstein

Email California Senator Barbara Boxer

Email Senator Harry Reid

Email Senator Dean Heller

Email Congressman Joe Heck (running for U.S. Senate)

Email Catherine Cortez Masto (running for U.S. Senate)


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