Deptartment of Defense halts bonus collection

Defense Department stops bonus collection

As of Wednesday, the Department of Defense is holding off on the collection of enlistment bonuses received by some members of the California National Guard.

On Tuesday, we told you the story of Army Sergeant First Class Robert Richmond, who was told he had to pay back a $15,000 bonus he’d previously received when he enlisted.

For other soldiers, the debts totaled more than $25,000.

“I ordered a series of steps to ensure fair treatment for the California National Guard soldiers who may have received incentive bonuses and tuition assistance improperly due to errors or criminal behavior by others within the guard,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said on Wednesday.

The Pentagon says that it will sort through all the cases by next July.

(© 2016 KENS)


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