Kline seeks benefits for storied Guard unit

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2012 - 10:38 PM

A Pentagon change may reduce paid time off for 2,700 Minnesota Guard troops serving in Kuwait.

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patrickjdFeb. 16, 12 5:26 AM

Just more proof that Panetta and the Obama Administration simply do not support our troops.

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pamelap12Feb. 16, 12 7:05 AM

This is a misnomer. For Guard soldiers, this will just push out the e-date on their AD orders, and extend their AD paychecks. However, it will not allow them to spend more time with their families due to MN Guard's conflicting and misguided 30-60-90 Reintegration Program. The purpose of the program is so soldiers can re-bond with their Units, which is strange since they just spent 12-24 months with them. The 30-day clock is not supposed to start ticking until the last round of troops fly into demob station, but the MN Guard starts the clock when the first round of troops arrive at demob station. So if the last round comes in three weeks later than the first round, sucks to be them because they are still required to report back to their units one week later as if they showed up three weeks ago. So in reality soldiers who have spent 12-24 months away from their families really get only one to three weeks. Kudos to Rep. Kline for trying to extend soldiers' paychecks, but the real problem is actually allowing soldiers REAL time at home to re-bond with their families which is the FOCUS.

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TommorFeb. 16, 12 8:18 AM

one great comment for one buffoonish. That's actually pretty good these days.

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egraymondFeb. 16, 12 9:26 AM

We are so fortunate to have a man of such honor and integrity representing our interests in the U.S. House. Even Tim Walz was forced to proclaim last week "John is as honest as the day is long." This was in reference to a reporter asking Walz about Klein stating that the Federal Gov't didn't need another law to tell Congressmen that insider trading was both wrong and illegal. I'd really like to see him as a candidate for either Governor or U.S. Senate. Even his work on updating NCLB is beyond reproach...very deliberate and serious work that is getting input from all interested parties from all political stripes.

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palmquist1Feb. 16, 12 9:27 AM

Kline voted to cut vet pay so know he is for it. It's the Dem's how restore their pay not taking away as Kline has done.

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cindystratt1Feb. 16, 12 9:59 AM

The pentagon is acting just like the big corporations. When faced with budget cuts - they cut the little guy, i.e. Natl Guards. I would like to see them cut the number of paper pushing officers, or funding of fancy new war planes that even the military doesn't want.

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beebee82Feb. 16, 1210:23 AM

Why doesn't the Pentagon look first to its no-bid contracts with private mercenary/military contractors before it cuts soldier's benefits in half? These private employees make four times as much as the guys in Red Bull, and the corporations behind them make trillions. It would be much safer politically and the savings would actually make a difference.

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Carolyn41Feb. 16, 1212:01 PM

Being the parent of one of these soldiers' that this does affect, thank you John Kline.

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dejudgeFeb. 16, 12 9:39 PM

Kline doesn't do much for the military or regular citizens, but this is the second time this year he has done something worthwhile and I thank him for it.

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macmac911Feb. 17, 1212:02 AM

The cut in PDMRA is a big deal for soldiers soon to return. To have this cut on us half way through our deployment was a great disappointment. I hope a change can be made.

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