The controversy over the sentencing of convicted Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl has been largely debated and also kept under wraps by the mainstream media this week. But there’s one thing 100 U.S. Congress members agree on after hearing Bergdahl admit to deserting his post.
Pro Conservative News reported,”Bergdahl was recently sentenced to no additional prison time and a $10,000 fine for walking off his post. The Taliban found him, and Bergdahl spent the next five years as their prisoner.
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In 2014, Military.com reported Bergdahl could receive “about $300,000 in back pay and special compensation” for being a prisoner. Now that the prospect of that is looking more real by the day, the congressional reps have written the military a letter to say no way:
Fox News reports the letter to the acting Army secretary “encourages” him not to award Bergdahl back pay because he admitted he’d deserted his post.
The signees said they were “happy” Bergdahl was back home but displeased with the circumstances behind it.
Their sentiments are shared by angry vets and others around the country, including Donald Trump Jr:”
American Military News reports that Bergdahl’s pay is structured based on his 2008 enlistment:
“Bergdahl enlisted in the Army in 2008, graduated Infantry School at Fort Benning and deployed in 2009.
According to an Army pay chart for active duty soldiers, an E5 with less than two years experience – Bergdahl’s rank while in captivity – would make a little more than $27,000 a year. At five years, that’s approximately $135,000.”
We are still unsure when the verdict will be decided on Bergdahl’s back-pay. However, over 100 members of Congress agree that he should be dishonorably discharged.