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The Wall Street Journal: Defense secretary vows to resolve soldiers’ bonus clawback controversy

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter vowed Tuesday to resolve a burgeoning controversy over Pentagon efforts to claw back millions of dollars in re-enlistment bonuses from current and former California National Guard soldiers, many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Carter, speaking during a press conference in Paris, said he was aware of the issue and had tasked the Pentagon’s No. 2 official, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, with fixing the problem.

“Anybody who volunteers to serve in the armed forces of the United States deserves our gratitude and respect. Period,” Carter said in response to a question.

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