- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is calling on the Army National Guard to conduct an audit of bonuses for men and women who recently re-enlisted.

In a letter to Army National Guard Gen. Frank Grass on Wednesday, Heinrich asked for the review after a New Mexico man failed to receive his re-enlistment payment from 2009.

The New Mexico Democrat said after he checked into the case, the Army National Guard confirmed the man was owed $7,500 but never received the payment.

“To ensure that no other New Mexico National Guardsmen have been denied his or her earned reenlistment bonus, I also urge you to immediately conduct an audit to determine whether all were fully paid, of if not, to take immediate measures to ensure that service members receive all outstanding payments they are owed,” Heinrich said in his letter.

National Guard spokesman Jeremy Webster said the Guard will work with Heinrich and his staff to alleviate their concerns.

“The Army National Guard takes all of its contractual obligations to its men and women in uniform seriously,” Webster said.

Since 2013, the New Mexico National Guard has responded to 22 air search-and-rescue missions, one air body-recovery mission, two ground search-and-rescue missions, and four missions to provide air support to wildland firefighters.

The New Mexico National Guard recently opened a recruitment office at Albuquerque’s Cottonwood Mall.

In May, the Guard was offering numerous positions for non-prior-service soldiers, and some include enlistment bonuses of up to $30,000.

Brig. Gen. Juan Griego said there are 3,000 Army Guardsmen and 1,000 Air National Guardsmen in New Mexico.

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