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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Congressman Duncan Blasts Pentagon

October 25, 2016
Press Release



Duncan Blasts Pentagon


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            CONTACT: Don Walker

October 25, 2016                                                                                                  (202) 225-5435



WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) stated that, “It’s ridiculous that the Pentagon would ask the brave enlisted men and women to pay back millions of dollars for the Pentagon’s own mistake.”


California National Guard soldiers have been asked to repay enlistment bonuses after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


“I want to know how we will continue to attract the best and brightest to join the armed services if the Government cannot be trusted to provide the promised benefits to the recruits,” said Duncan.


Congressman Duncan noted he was glad to hear that Congressional Leaders are already working on a legislative solution to this problem by addressing this in the Defense Authorization Act.


Congressman Duncan noted that the Guard assigned 42 auditors to analyze the paperwork to review the bonuses paid.  “At this point, I would be interested to see how much more taxpayers’ money the military is wasting on their own mistake,” said Duncan.


Duncan said, “These brave men and women fulfilled their obligation by putting their lives on the line for this Country.  It’s time for the Pentagon to fulfill its obligation by admitting it made a mistake, and letting this go.”