His decision comes in the wake of angry reaction from members of Congress who demanded he relieve the burden on the Guard members.
In a statement issued during a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels, Carter said efforts to collect reimbursement from Guard members should stop "as soon as is practical". The team would offer "a streamlined, centralized process that ensures the fair and equitable treatment of our service members and the rapid resolution of these cases", Carter said.
Soldiers will still have to have their appeals reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the Pentagon is not seeking authority to grant blanket waivers for USA servicemembers, which would require action from Congress. "That's unfair to service members and to taxpayers", Carter said. The deadline for resolving the cases would be July 1, 2017, Carter added.
Strother says he in 2012, he was ordered to pay back a $25,000 bonus that he received while serving with the California National Guard.
He cautioned that despite Carter's announcement, National Guardsmen have not seen their debts forgiven, and congressional intervention is still required to provide lasting protections to the affected National Guard members.
The Bee described the repayment demands in 2013, and in the past four years the Army collected $22 million from soldiers. Beevers said that an effort to pass legislation that would have provided relief to affected soldiers was met negatively by the Congressional Budget Office because it would have added spending at a time when the U.S. government was attempting to cut back.
The bonuses were illegal, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement that "while some soldiers knew or should have known they were ineligible for benefits they were claiming, many others did not". "Some of it was reenlistment bonuses; some of it was school loan repayment programs and other incentives that keep people in the National Guard".
The Pentagon says thousands of soldiers who received re-enlistment money weren't eligible for the program - and years after paying out the money, it wants it back.
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Richmond served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He also said that he has reached out through the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Veteran and Federal Affairs to try and resolve the issue.
"We need to elect more veterans to office so somebody in this nation can have their back", Velis said.
Carter's move comes after thousands of guard members were told they needed to repay large re-enlistment signing bonuses and tuition aid - money that was offered as an incentive to stay in a US military that was fighting two wars.
California Republican Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley complained that halting the debt collection does nothing for the soldiers who've already been forced to repay their bonuses.
The chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee said Tuesday that he would to launch his own investigation.
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, urged the Pentagon to ensure the temporary fixes to the bonus review system become permanent, to avoid any repeat of the ongoing Guard fiasco. "We all must work together to swiftly address this situation and monitor any additional issues that come up in California and other states".