“Bonus payments made in good faith to CalGuard members shouldn’t be touched. These soldiers shouldn’t be punished for serving their country,” said Rep. Royce.
On October 22, 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly 10,000 soldiers in the California National Guard had been ordered to repay enlistment bonuses of $15,000 or more by DoD. Shortly thereafter, Rep. Royce wrote Defense Secretary Ash Carter to request a suspension of his Department’s attempts to clawback such bonuses.
The VET Bonus Act, authored by U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Modesto), dictates that:
• Bonuses paid between 2004 and 2010 in good faith shall not be subject to repayment to DoD unless the recipient committed fraud or did not satisfy corresponding service requirements
• Bonus payments reclaimed by DoD shall be paid back with interest to veterans who accepted them in good faith
• For veterans who are reimbursed by the U.S. Army, the Secretary of the Army must notify credit agencies that any debt previously reported is invalid
• The Secretary of the Army …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce