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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Reacts to DOD Decision to Suspend Collection of Bonuses

October 26, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman MacArthur released the following statement on the Department of Defense’s decision to suspend the collection of bonuses awarded to our veterans:

The scandal involving some 9,700 California National Guard soldiers who received the bonuses in 2006 and 2007, when the Bush Administration was struggling to find soldiers to fight the two wars, stoked nationwide outrage after The Los Angeles Times broke the story over the weekend.

“I’m glad to hear the Department of Defense has reversed their decision to clawback funds awarded to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that risked their lives to serve our country in a time of need,” said Congressman MacArthur. “This should never have gotten as far as it did – we must never betray the contract our brave men and women sign by throwing their families into debt and compromising their financial stability through no fault of their own.”