CONGRESSMAN LIEU URGES SEC. OF DEFENSE TO HALT COLLECTION EFFORTS AGAINST VETERANS TO GIVE CONGRESS TIME TO ACT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter regarding news that thousands of California Guard members would be forced to repay their enlistment bonuses. Congressman Lieu worked on this issue when he was a State Senator in the California State Senate.
In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:
“As a Member of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I am requesting that you cease these collection efforts immediately until the end of this year.”
“These Americans cannot go backwards in time and change their decision. They cannot take back the years that they served. Some or perhaps many may not have enlisted or re-enlisted but for the bonus. By forcing them to now repay their bonus deprives them of the freedom of choice of taking other opportunities they would have had years ago had they known they were not going to get a bonus.”
“As someone who served on active duty and is still in the reserves, I find the current collection efforts by the Pentagon against these Americans to be wrong. It may take a change in the law to fix this situation. Give Congress the time to do so.”
THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE