Steve Pearce bill would strip Bowe Bergdahl from back pay

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility as the judge deliberates during a sentencing hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The judge ruled that Bergdahl to get dishonorable discharge, lose rank, forfeit pay in addition to getting no prison time. Bergdahl, walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 […]

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.

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