Nearly 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers are scheduled to return from deployments in Afghanistan and Kuwait over the next three weeks. But a rule change by the Defense Department will leave returning soldiers with significantly reduced paid leave.
Because of the change to the military's post-deployment leave program, Minnesota Guard soldiers now serving overseas will receive a few weeks less paid leave than they were told they'd get when they deployed. That's about a month's pay lost, not to mention less time to spend with families before returning to their civilian jobs.
Lt. Col. Matt Vatter of the Minnesota National Guard will join The Daily Circuit Monday to discuss the change for the returning soldiers.