Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) released the following statement on the Pentagon’s decision to temporarily suspend efforts to seek repayment of enlistment bonuses and benefits given to California National Guard members.

“I am pleased that the Department of Defense responded to the outcry from citizens across our country to address this injustice against our servicemembers and veterans who have already given so much to our nation. While this would provide some relief to these individuals, we still must find a permanent solution to this issue and give closure for the thousands affected.”

“Furthermore, we must make whole those who have already made payments, and enact accountability measures to make sure this never happens again. I intend to work with my colleagues in the House and the Department of Defense to find a permanent fix and to get to the bottom of the mismanagement that allowed this to occur.”

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