Kevin Fobbs
Does deserter Bergdahl deserve U.S. Army $300,000 back pay?
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By Kevin Fobbs
November 19, 2017

Disgraced and dishonored Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his base in Afghanistan and recently plead guilty to those charges, according to Breitbart, a military judge ruled that Bergdahl be dishonorably discharged and demoted in rank from sergeant to private. So why is the military mulling over whether to pay him back pay when he was held by the Taliban? The answer should be an automatic no, right?

Not so fast some in the U.S. military officials. The Army is considering whether Bergdahl should still be considered a prisoner of war, according to Fox News. Sounds asinine that a deserter who actually willingly abandoned his post should now profit from his cowardice because he was unlucky enough to have been captured by the enemy forces he was there to defend against.

Not only should the U.S. military abandon the notion of even paying this deserter any back pay and benefits but Bergdahl should be financially on the hook for the pain and suffering the survivors of those brave military soldiers that died searching for him.

In addition, congress should immediately consider legislation that would automatically deny back pay and benefits to any military personnel that are convicted or plead guilty to desertion.

Breitbart reported that "Prisoners of war and other soldiers in captivity are entitled to exclusive benefits, such as $150,000 worth of special compensation. They are also eligible for hostile-fire pay and basic pay for their usual duties while in captivity." Logically, under non-desertion circumstances American prisoners of war should be eligible for any and all legal benefits. Yet, Bergdahl made the specific choice to abandon his post, which resulted in his five years of captivity. His choice should automatically result in the termination of basic pay for the five years he spent in captivity.

Yet an army officials an army official told the Army Times, "In order to figure out what he's owed, you're basically going to have to start from that point of captivity." The official furthered explained, "My understanding is there has to be an administrative determination of his duty status at each point, from the time he was captured until now."

What right thinking American would ever conceive that a person who abandons his post, and admits to abandoning his post and is subsequently convicted of being a deserter should profit from his desertion? The commonsense answer is no one...except possibly liberals.

Either Congress must pass a law that automatically denies a convicted military deserter access to pay, benefits and allowances or President Trump should issue an executive order making this policy mandatory. No one should ever profit from desertion, period!

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Kevin Fobbs Media Bio: 05-21-2021

About Kevin Fobbs: Kevin Fobbs, a native Detroiter, is Chairman of the American Christian Civil Rights Movement (ACCRM), President of NAACP2021: National Association for the Advancement of Canceled People, Managing Partner of Ascension Entertainment Productions, and director of RTL Productions. He is a producer of the Holocaust-themed movie drama "Never Again," collaborator on the 2018 police documentary "Bleeding Blue" and producer/director of post-Civil War - World War II historical Christian southern civil rights drama "Johnathan - Living on the Edge of History," and Exec/Director-Producer of the film version of his soon to be released book a modern Christian fairy tale "Bernadine and Winston the Crooked Worm's Four Seasons of Life."

In the 1970's Kevin became a professional journalist and attended Wayne State University Law School. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and he has written for The Detroit News, The Michigan Chronicle, Clash Daily, Renew America, Communities Digital News (CDN) among others.

Kevin is co-writer of "Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count - Police Are Minutes Away In 2014 Kevin, together with his grandson, co-authored the Christian children's book "Is There a Lion in My Kitchen? " He is co-author of "Shut Yo' Mouth! How the Left Plays the Race Card to Silence Conservatives and How to Stop It.

He is co-host of New Right Network's "American Exceptionalism" and upcoming "American Correct" podcast shows.

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For nearly 40 years, Kevin's personal devotion to Christian conservative values and principles has guided his public service in both state and national government, as well as private sector and media leadership roles, including elected and appointed positions. The primary Biblical verse that guides Kevin is: Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

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