Soldiers Forced to Pay Back Bonuses Get Relief

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This week, thousands of vets who were being forced to pay back the money they got for reenlisting to serve in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan were re-compensated.

On Tuesday, lawmakers reached a deal that allows the Pentagon to give back the enlistment bonuses of $15,000 or more and student loan benefits to thousands of soldiers, which were initially improperly awarded to them. A significant portion of these soldiers are from California, and their own Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff released a statement on the matter:

“This largely meets the needs of the soldiers who accepted their bonuses in good faith, as the vast majority of them did. It should give these soldiers peace of mind during the holidays that the Pentagon won’t claw them back.”

“This is an important fix that ultimately does the right thing,” added Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican. The House is expected to vote this Friday on the compromise as part of a defense bill. The Defense Department would have to refund any repayments soldiers have already issued. And in October, Defense Secretary Ash Carter commanded the Pentagon to stop clawing-back the bonuses while lawmakers were working on a fix, after the Los Angeles Times had broke the story earlier this year.

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