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John Kline Speaking Out: Pentagon is Breaking Faith With the Minnesota National Guard


BURNSVILLE – Minnesota Congressman John Kline visited with Chad Hartman on WCCO-AM 830 to discuss efforts in Washington to ensure promises made to the Minnesota National Guard are promises kept Kline is pressing Sec Leon Panetta and the Pentagon to ensure Minnesota soldiers receive the full benefits they have earned After more than 2,000 Minnesota soldiers were deployed last year, the Pentagon made a change to the Post Deployment/ Mobilization Respite Absence Program (PDMRA) program, significantly reducing their earned leave and providing less time for service members to spend with their families after a long deployment and look for a job after returning home Kline, who last week was awarded the AMVETS “Silver Helmet” award for his loyalty and dedication to America’s veterans, also is working on legislation to fix the problem for the Minnesota Guard

Kline’s discussion with Chad Hartman follows (Click here to listen to audio):

“It’s once again breaking faith once again with our men and women in uniform The terrible thing is this is breaking faith specifically with the Minnesota Guard – the ‘Red Bulls’ It happened before when the Pentagon first set this program up, and we had to fix it [in 2010] and go back to the Secretary and move to get retroactive relief for the Minnesotans and Iowans and others

“And just when you think it is all behind you, our soldiers once again deploy to Kuwait to help withdraw from Iraq, they go under one set of rules, and the Pentagon changes the program after they deployed

“I’ve sent letters to Sec Panetta, I talked to him about in a House Armed Services Committee hearing, and now I’m introducing legislation to fix it And this is bipartisan legislation in the House and Amy Klobuchar is sponsoring the companion piece in the Senate

“We’re going to move as quickly as we can to fix this but it’s very, very annoying that we have to do this at all when Sec Panetta can fix this with one stroke of the pen”

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