WASHINGTON (CBS / AP) — House and Senate negotiators have agreed to forgive the debts of thousands of California National Guard troops who had been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses. Those bonuses had been incentives for service in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago.
A provision in the annual defense policy bill to be filed Wednesday requires the Pentagon to waive the recoupment of a bonus unless there is evidence showing service members “knew or reasonably should have known” that they weren’t eligible to receive the money.READ MORE: San Jose Police Release Video Of Suspect's Car In 2018 Khan Lieu Cold Case Murder
A vote in the House on the must-pass defense bill is expected by Friday, followed by action in the Senate next week.READ MORE: Woman's Body Found Following Boating Accident Near Stockton
The Guard offered enlistment bonuses of as much as $15,000 and student loan aid at the height of the two wars in the 2000s.MORE NEWS: With COVID Cases Rising, Masks Now Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status In Bay Area
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