Ok, so, over-seas we get separation pay. No problem. I think that's good. Also, most FOBs and COPs have a USO or an MWR with free internet and phones. I'm good with that. I think tax-payers helping to pay for those things is good and justified as it greatly helps servicemen stay connected and thus focus on our job. In addition to these services, many private companies have sprout up to offer servicemen better internet access than the USO offers; and we can have it in our own room, no need to take a number and wait in line at the USO for a 30-minute call. This service costs a premium, topping at about $60-$90 per-week, depending on the package the servicemen selects. Sounds great, right? The servicemen pays for it.
Here's the bull****: When the servicemen de-mobs, that servicemen will fill out a travel voucher. The voucher reimburses the servicemen for various valid travel costs such as living in base without a PX. But the servicemen can also claim the entire amount he paid for the optional premium internet service he didn't need because there was a USO or MWR nearby. At $90 per-week X 47 weeks in-country = $4,230 per-service-member X 1,414,000 service members over seas link = $5,981,220,000...JUST FOR INTERNET!!! THAT WE DIDN'T NEED!!
Let us spend his money on it if we want, but do not reimburse it if we were on a base that had a USO or MWR. I spent my money on a lot of High Speed Internet For Soldiers In US Bases In Afghanistan & Iraq , and no I did nt ask for any of it to be reimbursed because I'm not a hypocrite.
We can cut $6Billion off the defense budget right now just by not reimbursing this purely optional service.