Torres Statement on Repayment of Enlistment Bonuses by California National Guard Soldiers

October 25, 2016
Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the follow statement in response to recent reports of thousands of California National Guardsmen being required to repay enlistment bonuses that were given a decade ago:


“As the mother of a veteran, I was deeply concerned to learn that members of the California National Guard who served admirably are being required to repay thousands of dollars in enlistment bonuses.  These men and women put their lives on the line to defend our country.  They shouldn’t be on the hook for mistakes made by the National Guard over a decade ago.  I urge the Department of Defense to halt collections of these payments and to work to find a permanent solution that honors the promises made to these soldiers when they agreed to serve this nation.  I also look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to address this issue as soon as possible.”