Thousands of veterans who were forced to pay back the millions of dollars in bonuses they’d gotten for reenlisting to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan will get their money back.
The Pentagon announced Tuesday it has set up a process to reimburse or eliminate the debts of some 17,000 members of the California Army National Guard who got the bonuses between 2004 and 2010.
“The process is in place,” said acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Peter Levine. “We believe that we can complete all these cases well before the July 1st deadline.”
Levine’s announcement came three months after Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the Pentagon to stop grabbing-back those bonuses, which were improperly awarded during the Bush Administration when it was struggling to find soldiers willing to fight in two unpopular wars.
“The error was an error on the part of the government as to whether they were eligible” for the bonuses, Levine said. “They may have been misled as to whether they were eligible.”
The soldiers were then targeted by auditors after federal investigators discovered in 2010 that thousands of those bonuses, as well as student loan payments, were improperly …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce