Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS), House Armed Services Committee member and noncommissioned officer in the Mississippi National Guard, on Friday sent a bipartisan letter signed by 28 Members of Congress to top Department of Defense officials stating opposition to recent National Guard drill pay cut recommendations. The letter was sent to Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Craig McKinley, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.
“These citizen soldiers have been at war for more than ten years now,” Palazzo stated. “Many of these men and women have spent multiple tours fighting the War on Terror overseas. To even suggest a pay cut of this magnitude is a slap in the face to the Guard and to all who wear the uniform.”
The letter signed by a bipartisan coalition of 28 Members of Congress, stated: