Michigan National Guard soldiers to be reimbursed after deployment to Washington D.C.
Michigan National Guard Soldiers who purchased meals out of pocket while they were deployed at the U.S. Capitol are being reimbursed. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill into law today [FRIDAY].
The bipartisan bill will reimburse what members of the Michigan National Guard spent on food while providing security support at the U.S Capitol earlier this year.
The measure comes several months after guard members filed complaints with the Michigan congressional delegation for being served spoiled and undercooked food.
State Senator Tom Barrett of the 24th district is a member of the Michigan National Guard. He says service members didn’t trust what they were served, so they had to buy their own meals.
“There's no excuse for why soldiers can't be provided a healthy meal that is safe to eat that isn't going to make them sick," said Barrett. "There's just absolutely no excuse for that. And when we heard these really disturbing reports, we wanted to step up and do something about it.”
Around $110,000 dollars will be distributed equally to those deployed by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.