Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the Pentagon to suspend its effort to seek repayments of enlistment bonuses given to thousands of California National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carter's announcement comes after public outcry, including angry Republican and Democratic legislators who demanded Carter relieve Guard members from the payments.
Soldiers received millions of dollars in bonuses during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but were told years later the money needed to be returned. The Los Angeles Times broke the story Saturday.
The decision does not end reimbursement payments, but puts them on hold while Congress comes up with another solution.