KOB viewers help Albuquerque soldiers with delayed paychecks

Posted at: 08/29/2013 9:00 AM
Updated at: 08/29/2013 9:05 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque soldiers struggling to make ends meet after a paycheck error are getting financial help from complete strangers.

Wednesday night, KOB's 4 On Your Side team spoke with 28 Army reservists who said they didn't receive paychecks for three weeks of military training.

The commander told KOB that the delay in pay was an "administrative oversight," but with rent due, piling bills and families to feed, the soldiers said they were running out of options.

After the story aired, KOB received several calls and emails from viewers wanting to help. One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, pledged to give $600 to each of the soldiers—which totals to almost $17,000.

"Yes, they're heroes, but I'm just doing what I think any human being should do," she said.

Four Mario's Pizzeria locations in Albuquerque also pledged $1 from every sale to help the soldiers. Those locations are: 5700 4th St. NW, 7501 Paseo del Norte Boulevard NE, 11500 Menaul Boulevard NE and 2401 San Pedro Dr. NE.

The soldiers should see their paychecks by Sept. 8, according to their commander.