More than 1,000 members of the Minnesota National Guard who returned from Iraq this summer have been denied full education benefits under the GI Bill.
All the soldiers served nearly two years in Iraq, but half were told they served only 729 days, one day short of qualifying for full education benefits.
The Army has called the issue a clerical mistake — but it has not been fixed.
The discrepancy has received considerable local media coverage and attracted the attention of senior Army officials and Congress, including Rep. John Kline (R-MN).
Kline introduced legislation in the House to resolve the situation by extending full GI Bill benefits to the Guard members.