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WIFR: Kinzinger, Bustos call for meal reimbursement of National Guard deployed to US Capitol

The letter was addressed to Major General Timothy P. Williams, President of the Adjutants General Association.

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ROCKFORD, IL, March 9, 2021 | comments

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) lead the call for encouraging local commanders to allow members of the National Guard deployed to the nation’s capital to be reimbursed for missed meals in an announcement Monday.

In response to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, more than 27,000 members of the National Guard – including nearly 1,000 Illinoisans – responded to protect the Capitol building. The letter was addressed to Major General Timothy P. Williams, President of the Adjutants General Association. Congressmen Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Steven Palazzo (MS-04) also put their name down on the letter.

However, because of a combination of food service limitations due to the pandemic, logistic challenges of feeding a large force, odd shift times and geographical separation, some members of the Guard have incurred out-of-pocket costs because of the lack of adequate contract meal service, according to the announcement from Bustos’ office Monday.

“We know staying prepared for your many missions is difficult, but your recent response to the National Capitol Region demonstrated in action the National Guard’s motto: ‘Always Ready, Always There,’” the members wrote. “However, some National Guard members faced significant delays in receiving meals or served on shifts that did not align with the appropriate meal type or time. In these instances, many Soldiers and Airmen chose instead to purchase food at their own expense here in Washington, D.C. This is a concern for those that have already completed their mission and returned home as well as those troops that remain on station. We encourage the Adjutants General Association of the United States to address this issue within each of your states by educating and empowering local commanders to nominate members for missed meal reimbursement or other similar reimbursement programs in your state.”

The full article and video coverage can be found on the WIFR website here.
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