Dicks said in a prepared statement that many Washington State National Guard members who had served in Iraq or Afghanistan had been offered $15,000 bonuses while deployed for six-year re-enlistments. With little explanation, the bonus offers were withdrawn once the soldiers returned to the United States. Dicks and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who learned about the problem from news reports, began pressing the Pentagon to correct the situation. - Full Article)

- Army Times - November 9, 2005