REP. COSTELLO STATEMENT ON NATIONAL GUARD BONUSES
Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ryan Costello, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding reports the Department of Defense was reclaiming reenlistment bonuses paid to National Guard soldiers:
“While I am encouraged by the Pentagon’s recent decision to halt the recovery of these bonuses, I am appalled this attempt to take these bonuses from the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country ever occurred in the first place.
Pennsylvania’s National Guard is the third largest National Guard unit in the country. Their commitment to keeping our country safe and freedoms secure is unyielding. Efforts to recover benefits promised to members of the National Guard do not reflect the gratitude I, and all Pennsylvanians, have for the work and the sacrifices made by the National Guard in Pennsylvania and across our country.
I have joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues in requesting clarification from the Department of Defense about what Congressional action might be necessary to allow the Department to provide a permanent solution. It is my privilege to stand up for our current and former servicemembers, and I stand ready to take whatever Congressional action is necessary to ensure this never happens again.”