Solana Beach, Calif. - In response to recent news reports that the Department of Defense is seeking repayments on enlistment bonuses from nearly 10,000 California National Guard veterans and servicemembers, Colonel Doug Applegate released the following statement:
“As a retired Marine Colonel, I understand the struggles our veterans face upon return to civilian life. These men and women put their lives on the line to serve our country and they earned and deserved these payments. It's outrageous that veterans are the ones who are suffering because of clerical errors made by others. The California National Guard and Department of Defense should immediately halt these collection efforts and Congress should immediately vote on legislation that will fix this unconscionable burden on our veterans
“This is what happens when politicians spend more time fighting with each other than solving problems. Instead of picking partisan fights, Darrell Issa should have been fighting for our veterans."
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Robert Dempsey
Paid for by Doug Applegate for Congress
Douglas Applegate is a Colonel USMCR (retired). Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of Defense.