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Posted by: News_Desk on 10/24/2016 12:29 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/24/2016 12:57 PM
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California National Guard Welcomes Congress To Waive Soldier Incentive & Bonus Debts

Sacramento, CA... Pertaining to the recent Los Angeles Times story on National Guard bonus recoupment, the California Military Department offers the following statement: "The bonus audit and recoupment process is a federal program governed and adjudicated by the National Guard Bureau and the Department of the Army. The California National Guard does not have the authority to unilaterally waive these debts. However, the California National Guard welcomes any law passed by Congress to waive these debts.


Until that time, our priority is to advocate for our Soldiers through this difficult process.

To that end, shortly after his appointment as the state's adjutant general in 2011, Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin established the California National Guard Soldier Incentives Assistance Center which has allowed our soldiers to retain $37 million dollars of original bonus payments. Without this initiative 100 percent of the soldiers would have had to pay back 100 percent of the money.

It is our intent to continue working with all parties involved to further advocate for our soldiers."

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No Subject
Posted on: 2016-10-24 14:02:25   By: Anonymous
All right Jerry, it is time that you step up to the plate and reverse this decision! Men and Women that signed these contracts did what they we're asked to do, and now you want the money back? Come on, some of these brave souls actually went into combat after receiving these bonuses, and this is the best our Country andState can do for them! As one of our presidential candidates say's, the system is rigged!

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Trumped Up War Now Betrayal
Posted on: 2016-10-24 14:14:32   By: Anonymous
To demand repayment for bonuses is beyond betrayal, it is abysmal.
If the Treasury can burn up the printing presses as it does for anything, $Billions in cash lost to theft in Iraq, surely the government can honor signing bonuses it paid to sent soldiers to Iraq.

Taxing Social Security also is abysmal. End it NOW.

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The 88%
Posted on: 2016-10-24 14:42:09   By: Anonymous
Most that serve are the 88% of Americans. Not rich, not poor. Working for a living, getting a skill and serving their country. To provide a bonus, allow those to serve, then ask for it back is just criminal. If this ever went to trial the deliberations would be short.

Stop the madness, return collected money with interest and move on.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2016-10-24 15:00:20   By: Anonymous
It sounds like they want the bonus back if the person did not fufill the full term that they got the bonus for.

A member, who enters into a written agreement with specified service conditions for receipt of a bonus, special pay, educational benefits or stipend, is entitled to the full amount of the pay or benefit if the member fulfills the conditions for that pay or benefit. Any failure to fulfill the service requirements specified in the agreement may result in termination of the agreement and the member's repayment of an unearned portion of the pay or benefit. Current Deputy Secretary of Defense (DSD) policy memorandum, Repayment of Unearned Portions of Bonuses, Special Pay, and Educational Benefits or Stipends, dated February 6, 2009, recognized that, at the time, members were subject to statutory repayment authorities with varied requirements, and that repayment would be aggressively pursued for any unearned portion of a pay or benefit, as appropriate. However, it was also understood there may be circumstances that support the need to refrain from taking such action. For example, if a member is unable to fulfill the conditions of the agreement due to the member's death not the result of the member's own misconduct, repayment is not sought and any unpaid portion of a pay is included in a deceased member's final pay. The DSD authorized the USD(P&R) to establish additional exceptions if repayment would be contrary to a personnel policy or management objective, would be against equity and good conscience, or would be contrary to the best interests of the United States.

When the conditions of a written agreement are not fulfilled and repayment is determined appropriate, the member will be required to repay the United States the unearned portion of the pay or benefit. In cases other than death of a member, the Secretary of the Military Department concerned (or designee) will advise the Defense Finance and Accounting Service of the disposition of any unearned portion of a pay or benefit.

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    Posted on: 2016-10-24 19:00:45   By: Anonymous
    Not a Brown lover but this was the Feds who ordered this due to a sagging Military personnel, 2006-2008 right?
    Did you know that during the Vietnam conflict George W. became a reservist I'm thinking a low number on the draft but he got out of meetings and summer camp cause senior had juice. Wish my Daddy had juice back then, I didn't enjoy Southeast Asia or Da Nang.

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