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Gov. Brown's office says National Guard deployment complaints are being addressed

In a statement, Gov. Brown's office said that 'about 25 out of 1,500 total Guard members are impacted' by issues with delayed benefits and compensation outlined by Congressional delegates this week.

Posted: Oct 15, 2021 11:34 AM
Updated: Oct 15, 2021 11:45 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown's office responded on Friday to a letter published by members of Oregon's Congressional delegation highlighting alleged mismanagement and delay of benefits and pay for National Guard members deployed to help hospitals understaffed and overwhelmed by the COVID-19 Delta variant surge.

The original letter, addressed to Gov. Brown and Major General Michael E. Stencel, said that the treatment some service members faced was "unacceptable" — citing reports that the deployment was chaotic, and that Guardsmen received contradictory or lackluster directions about where they needed to be and when.

Some Guardsmen were left hanging up to mid-September, according to the lawmakers, and some had to reserve hotels or other accommodations with their own money, while others reportedly found that their travel vouchers weren’t recognized.

In a statement, Governor Brown's office said that the Oregon Military Department had already started addressing the issues last week and let the Congressional delegation know. Gov. Brown's press secretary Liz Merah said that the issues also seemed to be confined to a handful of the Guardsmen deployed.


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"It’s disappointing that they sent this letter when some were informed last week that these issues are already being addressed," Merah said. "My understanding is that about 25 out of 1,500 total Guard members are impacted, and that OMD is working to address those individual cases ... Both the Governor and the OMD will not rest until these 25 individuals have received the benefits to which they are entitled."

Gov. Brown and Major General Stencel sent a letter to the Congressional delegation in response, detailing how the problems arose and what state officials were doing to address them — citing a combination of the rapidity of mobilization, lack of clarity on specific needs from the overwhelmed hospital systems, and bureaucratic conflicts between the state and federal systems.

"Governor Brown is incredibly grateful for the service of Oregon National Guard members, who are volunteers spending time away from their homes, families, and livelihoods to serve their neighbors and communities," Merah sais. "At the height of the Delta surge, Oregon National Guard members answered the call to serve in hospitals being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. The Governor is 100% committed to ensuring every single Guard member receives the benefits and compensation owed for their duty and service."

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