Oh sure, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are outraged just outraged at the effort to clawback our troops bonuses. Yet strangely enough they’re known about it for two years and have done nothing.


The California National Guard told the state’s members of Congress two years ago that the Pentagon was trying to claw back re-enlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers, and even offered a proposal to mitigate the problem, but Congress took no action, according to a senior National Guard official.

The official added that improper bonuses had been paid to National Guard members in every state, raising the possibility that many more soldiers may owe large debts to the Pentagon.

“This is a national issue and affects all states,” Andreas Mueller, the chief of federal policy for the California Guard, wrote in an email to the state’s congressional delegation Monday. Attention had focused on California because it was “the only state that audited” bonus payments at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he added.

The Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau reported Saturday that the Pentagon has been demanding repayment of enlistment bonuses — which often reached $15,000 or more — from thousands of California Guard soldiers, many of whom had served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan…

Pentagon officials acknowledged Monday that the problem probably extends beyond California.

“We know that the majority (of cases) is out of California. However, there may be other states involved,” said Laura Ochoa, a Pentagon spokeswoman. “We do not have a list of those states at this time.”

“The senior leadership of the department is looking very closely at this matter,” Ochoa said. “We take doing right by our service members very seriously.”

Laughable. Suddenly now they want to do right by our vets. Yet they’ve been harassing them for years and ruining their financial lives.


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  1. n9zf says:

    That the GOPe led Congress knew about this obscenity for 2 years comes as no surprise. There is little interest by GOPe leadership to actually fix these disasters as there is a perceived higher value in using them as campaign fodder in the next cycle. Witness the un-ending Benghazi hearings that will.never.end.

  2. Alain41 says:

    Kevin McCarthy is a California congressman. Too bad, he’s not in a position of power. What?

    Anything from John don’t say Hussein McCain?

  3. dennisl59 says:

    Guess which Presidential Candidate proposed a Congressional Term Limits Constitutional Amendment? And it’s not Hillary Clinton.

    posted 10/25 534pm Texas[Orange Jesus]Time

  4. deaves1 says:

    This congress is as inept as when the dems controlled it. Now that the cat is out of the bag, lets see how much finger pointing goes on. The Pentagon just needs to eat that $30M and chalk it up as morons doing business.

  5. dennisl59 says:

    Remember this story?

    $43 million gone…call it even and move on…

    posted 10/25 1017pm Texas[It’s Only Money]Time

  6. Alain41 says:

    Theoretically, if military doesn’t get enough soldiers, the Secy of Defense should go to Congress and discuss the need for a draft. I’m concerned that Bush admin. didn’t want any part of that for Vietnam quagmire analogy and therefore there was a wink and look the other way from senior officials.

  7. Minnie says:

    The only resolution that the American people should accept is an Apology & Full Repeal of this action with full restitution to include any legal fees & Collection Fees + Mandate for full credit restoration in writing from every Credit Monitoring entity ! These soldiers were in some instances coerced to reenlist & innocent young men were fed promises . Finally any family whose loved one who received this bonus and was injured or died will also be included & awarded an additional percentage of the original bonus ! Finally … Mr. Trump needs to get this out front & center !

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