Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Statement on DOD Attempt to Make Veterans Repay Bonuses

Oct 25, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the Department of Defense’s demand for our veterans to repay their bonuses:

“Men and women who served our nation in good faith should not be harassed and penalized by their government.  It’s time for the Pentagon to end their demands for our soldiers to repay their bonuses.  Our military members deserve better and should not be held responsible for the DOD’s mistakes.”

The House has taken steps to ensure an injustice like this one does not happen again in the future.  In May, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 which establishes a statute of limitations on the military recovering future overpayments and scrutinizes the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s management of existing cases of service member debt.  This bill is expected to be signed into law in December.