BREAKING: Pentagon Chief Suspends Natl Guard Bonus Clawbacks

by Kristina Wong | TheHill.com  |  published on October 26, 2016

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The Pentagon will suspend efforts to recoup bonuses overpaid to troops more than a decade ago, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Wednesday.

Carter said the suspension would begin “as soon as is practical,” according to a Pentagon statement.

“There is no more important responsibility for the Department of Defense than keeping faith with our people. That means treating them fairly and equitably, honoring their service and sacrifice, and keeping our word,” Carter added.

“Today, in keeping with that obligation, I am ordering a series of steps to ensure fair treatment for thousands of California National Guard soldiers who may have received incentive bonuses and tuition assistance improperly as a result of errors and in some cases criminal behavior by members of the California National Guard.”

The issue has sparked widespread outcry from members of Congress, who called on the Pentagon to halt the recoupment efforts.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the Pentagon was trying to recoup more than $20 million from thousands of National Guard service members and veterans paid over a decade ago for re-enlisting at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The National Guard Bureau chief on Wednesday said that of 13,500 cases where bonuses or student loan payments were distributed, about 11,000 were found to have been given erroneously, due to ineligibility or due to not having the proper paperwork.

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell

    the pentagon, was pressured by congress. and obama is in charge of the pentagon, so this is obama’s doing.

  • Mark Pascucci

    Let’s not let down our guard. A “suspension” of the theft of salaries has been declared-NOT A CANCELLATION, and they’ll begin to stop “when practical.”
    Well, when WILL they declare it “practical”?!?!?!!!!!???!! We have to remember that everything they do is a trick, and never forget they’re tricks.

  • PatriotGal

    Ash Carter and all the other lib appointees had better pack their bags when PRESIDENT Trump takes office, noon, Jan. 20, 2017! What angers me is that Congress had known about this for TWO YEARS and did NOTHING to stop the nonsense to protect our military!!! How dare they and Carter demand the soldiers return their re-up bonuses! Did anyone from the VA return their bonuses for “mistreating”, “not scheduling,” “moving names from list to list” of our military? Why is it always the military and the senior citizens whom this administration goes after and sucker punches?

  • arkythehun

    $20M… That’s like 5 1/2 golf trips for Obama, right?

  • George

    I was hoping to read that the Pentagon is going to return all funds collected and compensate the guardsmen for any additional financial hardships incurred as a result of that ridiculous attempt. Some of these unfortunate soldiers had to mortgage their homes in order to repay their bonuses. Refinancing cost them as well. That and any other financial loss should be covered by the Pentagon.

  • Walter Flatt

    I WONDER IF SHE HAS BOUGHT THE ELECTROCIAL COLLEGE.

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLE 2015 LISTEN. PLEASE TRUMP USE THE GOOGLE.

    SEND THIS TO ALL YOU KNOW.

    ASK YOURSELF, IS SHE ON DOPE?

    IS THIS THE REASON SHE WANTS OPEN BORDERS?

    HOW MANY BUCKETS OF DOPE HAS BEEN GIVEN AWAY FREE IN WASHINGTON.

    HAVE WE BEEN SET UP FOR A MUSLM TRY TO INVADE OUR COUNTRY, BY HILLIARY, OBAMA, KERRY, SOROS AND THE BIASED MEDIA?

    • Bill Cash

      According to “ground reports” 70% of Muslims WILL vote for Hillary, AND here’s why:Subject: Hillary in Beaumont, Texas – Got to read this!!
      January 6, 2016 Channel 12, Beaumont, Texas
      Hillary Clinton made a campaign
      stop yesterday in Beaumont, Texas. Only six people were
      there to greet her. Her security detail outnumbered her
      supporters by quite a bit. She wouldn’t talk, wave to or
      even acknowledge those there to greet her. As bad as that
      is, it’s not the real story here. The real story is who
      she took a private meeting with. After landing, Clinton
      headed off to a fundraiser in West Beaumont, where she was
      greeted by around 150-200 Muslims, most of whom were of
      Pakistani origin. The event was held by Pakistani
      businessman Tahir Javed and Hillary raised approximately
      $500,000 by pandering to Muslims, making it “one of the
      top five private fundraisers Clinton has had in this
      country.” She’s bought and paid for by
      them. Spread this far and wide. You will
      not see it on national news but this is what is going
      on. Shelia Jackson Lee was there as well.

  • Rodney Steward

    As usual, like most every job when it comes to the Gov., it’s more than likely people in places and jobs they’re not qualified for! It’s just a place to give a place to give a certain group of people a job, dealt with them too many times!

  • pmbalele

    Please do not trust Repubs and TPs in Congress. They are the one pumping Trump to extort from the national guard who are sacrificing for us lazy bones. That is why I am asking people on this site to vote for Hillary is they have not voted yet

  • Dick Ellis

    Who is this PENTAGON SUPERVISOR THAT MADE THIS ASSININE ORDER! NEEDS TO BE KICKED OUT OF THE MILITARY WITH NO PENSION TO SEE JUST HOW HE WOULD LIKE NO IN+COME!

  • justinwachin

    It’s about time. Mr. Carter should have taken this action much earlier. It is beyond belief that the government would pull such a rotten trick on those who went to war for our nation.

    I’ve got an idea. Instead of worrying about how taxpayer money was spent ten years ago let’s focus on how it is being spent today. I’m sure there is plenty of waste and fraud waiting to be discovered in this year’s federal budget.

  • Nathan Marley

    Provide welfare to illegals and renig on your servicemen. Whats up with this SHIZ!!! Pentagon better reconsider. God is gonna put the hammer to us if we carry on like this much longer

  • Rainbowstew

    This reminds me of a story that was in the news back during the Vietnam war, about 1970 or so. Some guy was in ‘nam and got one or both of his legs blown off, and came back, and got all his medical treatment, etc., and finally went home, and then the army discovered that they had overpaid him about $1,200 or so and started to use the strongarm tactics to get him to pay it back. I think his congressman finally stepped in but I don’t know the final result of it.

    • George

      Used to be when the mafia got on your case you could turn to our government to stop them. Now we may have to turn to the mafia to stop the new criminals in Washington.

  • Michael Lloyd

    If there was criminal activity, is it going to be pursued and prosecuted? Sounds like recruiters were passing out re-enlistment bonuses to meet and exceed quota to get bonuses themselves. Recruiters don’t go to war.

  • Rock

    SUSPENDS just means they will get screwed AFTER the election ! This way, there is a warm and fuzzy feeling with Obama and Hillary to get Democrat votes ! Have to get the votes BEFORE the vets, reservists, active figure out that the Dems are planning on screwing them AFTER the elections………… AS USUAL !

  • barbarakelly

    YES THIS IS GOOD——— WHEN OBAMA CAN GO PLAY GOLF WITH THE BLACK PLAYER WHICH I HAVE FORGOTTEN HIS NAME–SORRY FOR 3.6 MILLION $$$ AND THEN HE THINKS HE CAN MAKE OUR GUYS PAY BACK MONEY —- I DON’T THINK SO.

  • Marilynn Reeves

    That was the only RIGHT thing to do.If the word of what was happening had not gotten out to the public you can bet they would STILL be after it. POS government has no idea of what they are doing and really could care less.

    • Michael Lloyd

      Why isn’t the government vigorously pursuing the $6 Billion Hilary lost when SOS?

      • Janeen Alley

        Or the $9 TRILLION the Pentagon “doesn’t know where it went!” BS as usual. If the troops hadn’t spoken up, the service members would still be suffering at the hands of the tyrannical government.

        • Rodney Steward

          Exactly, a 1/3 of our national debt!! Either to the UN, or funding more terrorist!

  • David Stewart

    They donn’t call it the Puzzle Palace for nothing! Lots of cost; little progress!

  • Watchdogman

    OK..That is a good first step, what about the poor folks that have paid or trying to pay out with time payments…Do they get their money back? Lousy Pentagon, upper military shit heads!

    Since this is a volunteer military, why not all military simply quit and go home?

    • Jackie Walker

      Um, because that would be called Mutiny or Treason, and they’d all be shot. Never read the UCMJ or even history??

  • Tiger

    Folks this is not the first time the DOD has taken veterans to the wall and stripped them of their dignity or tried to. They have been doing it for years and my Congressman got involved with my case way back when they tried to say they over payed me. No matter what information I sent them they wanted their blood money. I learned they been doing this since 2008 when the time limit for saying we were over payed was removed by a Demoncat. Well as to my case the bill is now wrapped up in the new Defense bill and our congressmen/women have fought for the limits again and if nobody finds it, contests it then the chains are back on these demons. They have destroyed lives, garnished salaries, taken any funds given and taken 15% of even SS etc they are abominable and I am so glad to see this win.

    http://www.reuters.com/investigates/pentagon/#article/part1

    • ch

      Since 2008, when the muslime liar in chief got in. Sounds about right

      • Tiger

        Yes the som mon bitch

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