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Welcome back vets, now let’s give them their leave pay

May 14, 2012
The Journal

It is great to see the National Guard troops returning to Minnesota. As busloads of Red Bull soldiers have been returning home, happy family members and grateful communities have been there to welcome them as they step off the bus.

Now let's see if Congress will make it a better welcome by restoring benefits promised them when they left last year.

After 2,700 members of the Minnesota Red Bulls left for duty in Afghanistan and Kuwait last year, the Defense Department changed its leave policy. When they left, the DoD policy promised them so many days of paid leave, but once they arrived, the policy was changed, cutting the amount of leave in half, by as much as 27 days in some cases.

Rep. John Kline has been working on Pentagon officials to reverse that decision, but it looks like it will take an act of Congress to do so. Kline and Sen. Amy Klobuchar have sponsored legislation.

A House vote is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. We hope Congress will do the right thing and give the troops reimbursement for the leave they were promised when they shipped out.



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