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Man Serves in Iraq Due to Clerical Error
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Posted on 07/05/2006 1:17:37 AM PDT by nickcarraway

A former National Guard captain whose military service was supposed to end seven years ago was sent to Iraq for a year by mistake because of an incorrect discharge date in his records.

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"They were still carrying me on the books as a captain," Dillinger, now 45, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "And nobody caught it. Including me."

Dillinger was told he had not been discharged because of the military's "stop-loss" program, which kept thousands of soldiers from ending their tours or retiring.

"That explanation didn't make complete sense to me, but I accepted it," he said. "I'd been in the Army a long time, and when they tell you something, you believe it."

A message left at a listing for Jim Dillinger in Mount Orab was not immediately returned Tuesday evening.

Dillinger left in January 2005 for Iraq, where he spent a year searching for and destroying roadside bombs. When he returned to the U.S. in December, he saw the erroneous discharge date in his records.

"My eyes popped out of my head," he said. "I couldn't believe that was right. And I knew darn well that it could mean I'd be deployed again."

He got the Guard and the Army Human Resources Command to investigate. On May 22, a human resources assistant reported that Dillinger's discharge date was incorrect. His discharge papers were issued the next day, followed by apologies.

The Human Resources Command did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

"I honestly believe I helped accomplish something over there, and the men I served with, they are like brothers to me," Dillinger said. "But I can't get past the fact that I should never have been sent there in the first place."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: anamericansoldier; nationalguard; ohio

1 posted on 07/05/2006 1:17:41 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

""They were still carrying me on the books as a captain," Dillinger, now 45, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "And nobody caught it. Including me." "

ROFL! Anyway, thank you for your extended service, Mr. Dillinger : )


2 posted on 07/05/2006 1:21:06 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Taglines for sale or rent. Good "one liners", 50 cents.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

It's a shame they didn't at least give him a one step promotion prior to redischarge...


3 posted on 07/05/2006 1:23:03 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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Jim Dillinger stands in front of his home Sunday, July 2, 2006, in Mount Orab, Ohio. Dillinger, whose military service was supposed to end seven years ago, was sent to Iraq for a year by mistake because of an incorrect discharge date in his records. The Cincinnati Enquirer photo by Michael E. Keating via Associated Press

4 posted on 07/05/2006 1:23:36 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: nickcarraway

Too cute by half Captian. You knew there was an error and knew how to correct it. You just Saw the opportunity to serve again when the chips were really down for this country and you ran with it. You're not fooling me. Thank you for your service.


5 posted on 07/05/2006 1:25:47 AM PDT by bad company (The fight will not be the way you want it to be. The fight will be the way it is.)
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To: nickcarraway

He did what he was told to do, didn't complain or desert his unit.


6 posted on 07/05/2006 1:27:52 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: Spktyr

Amen to THAT!


7 posted on 07/05/2006 1:40:55 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Taglines for sale or rent. Good "one liners", 50 cents.)
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To: nickcarraway

So does he get 7 years of back pay?


8 posted on 07/05/2006 1:43:40 AM PDT by Pylon (Remember boys, flies spread disease, so keep yours closed.)
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To: nickcarraway

Now some REMF will demand that he return his pay for that year Iraq. After all, he really had already resigned.


9 posted on 07/05/2006 1:54:07 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Is tractus pro pensio.)
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To: nickcarraway
"They were still carrying me on the books as a captain," Dillinger, now 45, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "And nobody caught it. Including me."

First mistake. You are your best career manager. Two months ago they told me I used 25 days of leave that I didn't take. You can bet that I caught that and had it fixed.

"I'd been in the Army a long time, and when they tell you something, you believe it."

Do what? I question everything. It is amazing how things get over looked. The longer you are in the Army the more you should know that.

Anyway, thanks for your service.

10 posted on 07/05/2006 2:38:10 AM PDT by Gamecock ("God's sheep are brought home by the Holy Spirit, and there won't be one of them lost." L R Shelton)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
""They were still carrying me on the books as a captain," Dillinger, now 45, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "And nobody caught it. Including me." "

ROFL! Anyway, thank you for your extended service, Mr. Dillinger : )

It seems to me that they owe him some serious back pay too!

Mark

11 posted on 07/05/2006 2:53:33 AM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Gamecock

Good post. All on active duty know their service agreement(s), to include all officers who incur an extra year or years of service from schools such as the advanced course, CGSC, or any civilian schools for graduate degrees. I am not sure how the Guard works, but; I do know the Reserve used to send out annual statements. Regardless, the man served and got paid for his service. It does not appear he is complaining. So, I thank him and all who serve honorably.


12 posted on 07/05/2006 3:06:02 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: MarkL

You betcha!


13 posted on 07/05/2006 3:07:05 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Taglines for sale or rent. Good "one liners", 50 cents.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

SERIOUS back pay.


14 posted on 07/05/2006 3:07:33 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Taglines for sale or rent. Good "one liners", 50 cents.)
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To: Jeff Gordon
Now some REMF will demand that he return his pay for that year [in] Iraq. After all, he really had already resigned.

Too bad about Doc Daneeka. (As you may recall he lost his billet, pay and military existence because, on paper, he was dead. He lived on hand outs and slept in halls.)

"I'm sorry, captain, we'd like to discharge you, but since you were already discharged, you'll have to stay in Iraq another year. If you were killed that might be a change in status and then we could do something for you. Oh, please don't get seriously injured, because technically sir, you're not eligible for treatment in a military facility. You're not drawing sep-rats, are you, sir? (Why do I always get the troublemakers?) Have a nice day!"

15 posted on 07/05/2006 3:09:01 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: nickcarraway; Little Bill; Coop

He fond a home in the Army... LOL!!


16 posted on 07/05/2006 3:09:44 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Who wants to buy a flag car? Flag Car for sale, Inquire within)
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To: RaceBannon

You have my old 70 Vette with the America flag on the hood and back? It was a roadster with a 454 390 HP. I traded it in in 72 in Omaha.


17 posted on 07/05/2006 4:37:29 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: nickcarraway

The Army is pulling people out of jail and prison to serve in Iraq. They might as well pull a few retirees along for the ride as well...


18 posted on 07/05/2006 5:19:50 AM PDT by Dr. Marten (http://thehorsesmouth.blog-city.com)
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To: Lumper20

***...any civilian schools for graduate degrees***

LOL, I have a six year obligation for grad school that is up next week. Seeing how I have 19 years in, I guess I'll stick around for a little longer.....


19 posted on 07/05/2006 5:21:14 AM PDT by Gamecock ("God's sheep are brought home by the Holy Spirit, and there won't be one of them lost." L R Shelton)
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bump


20 posted on 07/05/2006 5:28:21 AM PDT by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Your statement is meant to be funny but it was true in the early stages of the war.

The military has a method to take care of soldiers if they are involved in an accident or are about to die. They will medically retire you. We had a soldier with cancer who was six months to live and he was medically retired. There are more benefits for your family if you are medically retired. They will continue to receive your pay as a retirement payment and other associated benefits. If I die in a car wreck today, my wife only gets the SGLI, if I am in a car wreck and stay alive for about 24 hours, I can be medically retired. My wife gets the SGLI and also gets my retirement pay. Thats a lot of money.

With the serious injuries that soldiers have received, some have been medically retired since it was believed they were going to die. This was done to ensure the family received more benefits than SGLI. A soldier was in a Germany hospital and expected to die so she was medically retired. Problem, she lived and now was stuck in Germany with no way the military could help her. She was no longer active but reitired which put her in an category where the active military could not help her or even pay for plane ticket home or for her family to come to Germany to get her. The chaplin of the hospital had to get donations to help the soldier give her clothes.

I don't if they have fixed this problem but I felt bad for the soldier.


21 posted on 07/05/2006 9:11:52 AM PDT by art_rocks
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To: art_rocks

(Why do I always get the trouble makers?)


22 posted on 07/05/2006 9:45:52 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: Gamecock

You have 19 years active duty. What is one or 11 years more? Get the retirement you are so close to. Hope you met or exceeded all your goals. You earned it.


23 posted on 07/05/2006 12:24:33 PM PDT by Lumper20
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