On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, the Pentagon released a statement stating the government will reissue enlistment bonuses to over 16,000 veterans in California. Ash Carter, Defense Secretary, proclaimed that payments dispersed to those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq throughout the Bush Administration between 2006 and 2010, were generated in error.
In a 2010, audit, the California Army National Guard revealed that in addition to enlistment bonuses, the number of school loans approved increased primarily because of inaccurate information provided by the National Guard’s bonus and incentives manager. Information on the forms of several thousand veterans appeared misleading, resulting in a mandatory recall of payments previously given to service men and women.
As of 2010, over $15 million in false claims created disparity among soldiers who served in active duty, which resulted in a mass investigation by the Pentagon. They determined what the veterans requirements and initiated redistribution of the enlistment bonuses in California.
The Pentagon, in its fairness, is committed to creating a system that will redistribute all collected bonuses back to veterans in California.
Update: U.S. Department of Defense 7:30 p.m. EST.
- The Defense Finance and Accounting Department along with the National Guard Bureau will be working together to reevaluate veterans expeditiously.
Written by Jhayla D. Walls
Edited by Cathy Milne
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