October 26, 2016

Manchin Pleased Secretary Carter Halted National Guard Clawbacks

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter decision to halt the National Guard bonus clawbacks. The Pentagon was trying to take back $20 million in bonuses that were given to thousands of National Guard service members and veterans when they enlisted.

“Since the beginning of this great nation, the National Guard played a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of Americans.  As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as your former Governor, I believe it is incumbent upon all of us to honor their service and sacrifice both here in West Virginia and those who serve around the globe. Like many of you, I was outraged by reports that members of the California National Guard were having bonuses clawed back because of actions by a few corrupt bureaucrats.  I am relieved that Defense Secretary Ash Carter has put a stop to these clawbacks and I will support any legislation, if necessary, that allows the Pentagon to pay back the service members who may have already returned these bonuses.”