Our National Guardsmen and Guardswomen Deserve Our Support

Senator Merkley rose to the floor to speak out against the treatment of PFC Chelsea Wells of Milton-Freewater, who enlisted in Dec. 2007 and signed a contract for a $20,000 MOS bonus. The first half of the bonus was paid on time following her initial training. However, when she was due to receive the second half of her bonus in Dec. 2010, the Guard refused to pay, claiming that she was never qualified in the first place. Worse yet, the Guard said it intends to seek recoupment of the first half of the bonus.