CONGRESSMAN NEAL’S STATEMENT ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DECISION TO SUSPEND ITS POLICY OF RECLAIMING ENLISTMENT BONUSES
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today after Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced he was ordering the Defense Department to suspend its policy of reclaiming enlistment bonuses paid to National Guard soldiers in California.
“With Barnes Air National Guard Base and Westover Air Reserve Base in western Massachusetts, I have seen firsthand what our nation’s reservists and guardsmen sacrificed and endured during the height of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These brave men and women served with distinction and should not be put in undue financial hardship for an error that was not their fault. I applaud the decision of Defense Secretary Ash Carter today to have the Department of Defense suspend seeking repayment for enlistment bonuses that were improperly given to National Guardsmen in California. As Department of Defense continues to address this unfortunate situation, I would urge them to find a permanently resolution to the claw-back policy rather than burdening the members of the United States Armed Forces who are the front lines every day keeping our country safe,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
(NOTE: Congressman Neal also co-signed a bipartisan letter this week with 75 other Members of Congress calling for an immediate halt to the unfair enlistment bonus recoupment for National Guard members. A copy of the letter is attached above).