LA Times of October 16 2012 reports on corruption in the Arizona National Guard over the past decade, Including targeted abuse against the homeless.
According to the newspaper, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Amerson, a former “Recruiter of the Year,” drove new cadets and prospective enlistees through Phoenix in search of homeless people in 2007 and 2008. Amerson wore his uniform and drove a government vehicle marked with recruiting insignia as he and other troops shot paint balls or got the homeless to perform song-and-dance routines for money. Female recruits told investigators that they were ordered to flash their breasts, while homeless women were offered money, food and drink for exposing themselves.