The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed legislation Tuesday ensuring that the Minnesota National Guard and more than 49,000 troops nationwide will get paid time-off benefits they were promised before they were shipped overseas last year.
The Senate is expected to clear the same bill soon.
The House bill, carried by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., exempts troops who were deployed before the Pentagon issued new restrictions last October limiting paid time off. Some troops, including members of the famed Minnesota “Red Bulls,” faced the loss of as much as a month of paid time.
“This was clearly an injustice. It needed to be fixed,” said Kline, a retired Marine colonel.
Source: Star Tribune