Senator David Perdue Statement on Pentagon’s Recoupment of National Guard Enlistment Bonuses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released a statement regarding the Pentagon’s recoupment of cash bonuses awarded to members of the California National Guard:

“We simply cannot afford to treat our service members so callously. Recent news of the Pentagon recoupment of National Guard re-enlistment bonuses is yet another disappointing example of why our Department of Defense needs tighter management of its budget, with frequent audits. The retrieval of bonuses given to our Guard men and women affects morale within our units, and impacts their ability to provide for themselves and their families after answering our nation’s call to serve. This issue has already affected thousands of Guard members in other states, and I have been reassured that no such recoupment efforts are occurring in Georgia. I applaud Secretary Ash Carter for working to resolve this issue, and will continue to seek answers from the National Guard and the Pentagon about how this was allowed to happen.”

Senator Perdue previously introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 that requires the Department of Defense to take additional steps to comply with a federal audit in 2018.