80 Wisconsin soldiers still awaiting service benefits

Published On: Jan 28 2012 07:05:18 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 28 2012 07:05:54 PM CST

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Dozens of Wisconsin National Guard soldiers are still waiting for thousands of dollars owed to them for their service in Iraq but delayed due to bureaucratic glitches and clerical errors.

The soldiers say the Army has acknowledged it owes them money, but they don't understand why they still haven't received it.

An Oshkosh Northwestern report says the soldiers are members of the Wisconsin National Guard 1157th Transportation Co. After spending much of 2006 and 2007 in Iraq they were due extra pay or leave. Some got their compensation, but about 80 are still waiting.

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri of Fond du Lac says the government has created an "embarrassment" by mishandling the compensation. He says he and other lawmakers will step in if payments continue to be delayed.