This has been a bone of contention for months, but the Pentagon seems to have finally made the decision to allow thousands of California National Guardsmen to keep the bonus pay they were given for their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
An government audit had found that the bonus payments were made in error and the government then ordered the Guardsmen to repay the funds that they had received. Some did repay the government, others put up a fight to keep the money. The Pentagon has finally agreed to allow them to keep the money and will write checks to reimburse those who have already sent repayment checks to the government.
This is good news.
Our National Guard and Reserve forces have sacrificed and paid dearly over the last 16 years in our efforts against the radical forces of Islamic terrorism. They deserve these bonuses and more. They have fought valiantly and been deployed more than once. And they have proven themselves on the battlefield and in the air over the battlefields on countless occasion since 9/11.
The Veterans Site cheers this decision by the Pentagon. We send our deepest respect and our sincerest thanks to all who have served and those who continue to serve with such commitment and distinction in the National Guard and Reserve forces during these challenging times.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.