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Natl. Guard Troops’ Christmas Paycheck is Delayed as Biden Admin Sends Billions to Ukraine

'Shoutout to congress for holding the entire national guard and reserves pay!'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) A recent report revealed that the Biden administration failed to pay service members in the National Guard their Christmas week paychecks.

This announcement comes shortly after the passing of an $1.7 trillion omnibus bill with $45 billion dedicated specifically to aid Ukraine in their controversial war against Russia.

According to the Post Millennial, National Guard administrators announced the news in a letter. Reports came in from Pennsylvania, Georgia and South Carolina.

“You are probably already tracking there are pay issues. Many soldiers were due pay today. They received LES but did not receive funds,” the letter read. An LES, or a Leave and Earning Statement, is simply a pay stub, but it was not accompanied by funds.

The letter also revealed that this is a nation wide issue, despite reports only coming out of three states. The letter “seems to be at DFAS [Defense Finance and Accounting Service] and is related to the CR.”

Officials are reportedly working to resolve the issue.

“This is unfortunate and can cause serious issues and aggravation across the formation which are understandable. Especially 2 days before Christmas,” the letter stated.

“I think the messaging is important that it’s understood the issues are at the highest levels and that everyone in the Division and State are pushing for immediate resolution.”

Another email, which was posted to Twitter by James Jarrett, a soldier for the Georgia National Guard, said that payments were delayed until the 2023 budget “is fully approved and signed.”

Service members for the National Guard took to Twitter, posting about their frustrations.

“Shoutout to congress for holding the entire national guard and reserves pay!” One user wrote. “Best Christmas gift I could get thanks Congress!”

Congress passed a bill on Friday sending millions more in aid to Ukraine in yet another aid package. President Joe Biden once again vowed to fund Ukraine for “as long as it takes” to defeat Russia in the conflict.

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