ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce has introduced a bill to prevent soldier Bowe Berdahl from receiving back pay.
Bergdahl is the U.S. soldier who deserted his post in 2009.
He also pleaded guilty earlier this month to dissertation and misbehavior. Bergdahl was granted a dishonorable discharge and a reduced rank, but still remains eligible for as much as $300,000 in compensation for the time he spent in Taliban captivity.
The proposed legislation would amend the “uniform code of military justice” to prohibit unpaid compensation and benefits to service members who are found guilty of desertion.
It would remain up to the military officials to ultimately decide whether the deserter should receive the pay.