Skip to comments.80 Wis. soldiers still wait for service benefits
Posted on 01/30/2012 1:06:25 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Dozens of Wisconsin National Guard soldiers are still waiting for thousands of dollars owed to them for their service in Iraq.
The delay is due to bureaucratic glitches and clerical errors, the Oshkosh Northwestern reported ( http://oshko.sh/xfjOx5).
The soldiers, members of the Wisconsin National Guard 1157th Transportation Co., spent much of 2006 and 2007 in Iraq. When they came home they were due extra pay or days of leave for serving multiple deployments, but some never received what was owed to them because of errors in the way the Army computed and paid the benefits.
"It's frustrating," said Richard Vander Sande, one of the roughly 170 guardsmen and women in the unit. "For some it's the issue of the money. For some it's the principle. If soldiers are owed something, they should be paid."
About half did get their full entitlement, but about 78 are still waiting, said Lt. Col. Jackie Guthrie of the National Guard.
Soldiers accrue 30 days of leave per year, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern report. Since the soldiers can't use those days while they're deployed, they can either take them when they get home or be paid $200 for each day of leave not taken.
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If they did the time, they need to be paid what’s owed them. I bet welfare people don’t wait this long.