(CBS) NEW YORK Servicemen and women who made huge sacrifices fighting in the war and now paying yet another price, even after coming home.
One soldier in particular is currently battling against a new "debt of service."
Brian Rodriguez is a fighter, an honorably discharged soldier who'd been deployed in Iraq.
"I was a combat engineer," Rodriguez said. "We deal with land mines, explosives."
My kinda guy. Heh ... But wait, seems, after being in a war zone, some of his equipment somehow got damaged.
Former Army Specialist Rodriguez started getting bills for $700 for lost or damaged government property this summer. Although he was discharged some four years ago, bills recently arrived demanding payment, but giving no details on what or why -- nor do they offer a way to dispute the charges.
"For doing my job you're going to bill me?" Rodriguez said.
Man, if they billed me for all the shit I broke, modified, traded, and sold while I was in, I'd have to take out a mortgage.
They've been to war for their country and made it back with their skins intact. How much more should these folks pay?