Purple Heart recipient billed for $3,000 in missing equipment
An injured soldier who spent a year recovering at Joint Base Lewis-McChord said the military gave him a Purple Heart--and a bill for $3,000, KIRO-TV reports.
Former Oregon National Guard soldier Gary Pfleider told the news station that the base billed him for equipment he allegedly lost. In 2007, Pfleider was shot by a sniper in Iraq.
"I remember grabbing a hold of my leg and pulling my hands out and realizing that I had blood on my hands. And from that point on, until I got loaded onto the Stryker, was just a big blur," Pfleider said to KIRO.
Pfleider received a Purple Heart three days after he was shot. Two years later, he got a bill from the military for missing equipment, including clothing and grenades. Pfleider contends he lost the gear when he left Iraq and shouldn't be responsible for it now, but the federal government is taking money from his disability check each month.
JBLM officials told the news station that the base is investigating the issue.