Compromise may help Calif. soldiers ordered to repay bonuses


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WASHINGTON – A compromise was made that would forgive debts owed by thousands of California National Guard soldiers who received improper bonuses, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The LA Times reported Tuesday that House and Senate negotiators agreed to resolve the issue with a "provision that stops short of requiring the Pentagon to forgive debts owned by all California Guard soldiers as long as they fulfilled the terms of their enlistment contracts and did not commit fraud."

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The agreement is part of a defense bill that is scheduled to be voted on by the House Friday and Senate next week, the LA Times reported.

In October, a report revealed that the Pentagon was forcing thousands of California soldiers to repay enlistment bonuses worth $15,000 or more.

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