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Guaranteed Benefits for our Troops Act Becomes Law

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Washington, DC (KWWL) -- President Obama signed into law an act that ensures hundreds of Iowa National Guard members will be given benefits they were promised.

The Guaranteed Benefits for our Troops act was first introduced by Representative Bruce Braley (D), back in July 2008 and was signed into law as part of the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.

Almost 800 members of the Iowa National Guard did not receive benefits they earned as part of the "Respite Leave" program because of a delay between the announcement of the program and the implementation of the program by the individual services.  For example, the Department of the Army didn't issue its implementation policy for more than six months after the announcement of the program.

The program was designed to provide those deployed to places like Iraq and Afghanistan for longer than established rotation cycles, help to reintegrate back to civilian life, as well as to improve the retention of service members who had experienced especially long tours of duty.

The bill allows the Pentagon to retroactively grant up to $200 per day to affected troops.

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