Posted at: 01/31/2013 5:18 PM
By: James Wilcox
Last October, the Pentagon said nearly 500 Minnesota Red Bulls would be paid money owed to them for back-to-back deployments. However, we've learned only about half of them have since received paychecks.
The Minnesota National Guard told us bureaucratic red tape has slowed down the payments, but they are on the way and soldiers will be paid before the end of the year. In fact, Lt. Colonel Matt Vatter, says they hope to get the money from Washington to the soldiers as early as this spring.
The Red Bulls qualified for the deployment pay because they had served back-to-back deployments in Iraq and Kuwait.
Sgt. Ryan Schmidt has waited nearly a year for his $7,000 that is still owed to him. A father of two young children Sgt. Schmidt says "I am counting on that money to pay bills. It is a struggle right now."
Sgt. Schmidt told us he is encouraged to hear that he might finally get paid in the next couple months, but adds "I will believe it when I see it."
The National Guard says soldiers will get their money no later than October, but the goal is to get it to them this Spring.