Veterans urged to collect on unclaimed money - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Unknowingly, many military veterans are overlooking thousands of dollars in back pay that's rightfully owed to them, but, time to collect on the cash is running out.
It's like having a winning lotto ticket only to realize the date for collection expired last week. The government has half-a-billion dollars to distribute, but can't find enough troops to claim it.
'I was immediately suspicious about it,' admitted military veteran Ian Smith. 'It seemed like another scam that a lot of people prey on soldiers with.'
To Smith's goof fortune, it was not a scam, and he earned that money. So did other soldiers and Marines after learning when their enlistment was up, the Pentagon forced the soldiers to stay in."