Charleston – West Virginia troops deployed to the southern border in Texas say they can’t afford to buy a Coca-Cola for relief from the blistering heat, and the Governor isn’t responding to their pleas.
That’s because they are being paid $2,000 monthly for their service in Operation Lone Star. Texas Guard troops are getting $7,000 for the same duties, a source who contacted WV Statewide News said.
Other state news outlets have received similar information.
The troops are deployed to police the southern border against illegal migrants trying to enter the U.S.
This media outlet has contacted both the Governor’s office and National Guard public information for responses to the allegations.
A guardsman who asked to remain anonymous said the troops who had been deployed to Texas since July learned last week that their salaries were not as expected.
“It is definitely a very small number compared to what we were promised to get,” the guard member said.
He added that the $2,000 pay compared to $7,000 “is a big difference.”
The man said he would have made more money back home at his regular job. He added that the West Virginia troops aren’t being paid until August 25.
Major Holli Nelson with the state National Guard Communications/Governmental Affairs Office, said each state lists how much money a guardsman will make.
Nelson said the salary is listed in the state code.
“The West Virginia National Guard soldiers and airmen serving in support of the Texas Military Department for Operation Lone Star were provided pay and benefits information prior to departure from West Virginia on August 31, 2023,” Nelson said in a statement. “Since WVNG members are deployed in a West Virginia State active duty status, which is governed by West Virginia statute, they are entitled to benefits equal to their rank and time in service or $100 per day, if their pay is less than $100. While serving in support of Operation Lone Star, West Virginia service members are provided lodging and meals at no cost during the duration of their deployment. In addition, WVNG personnel were provided a pay date of August 25, 2023, for their first paycheck for this assignment. All pay transactions for State active duty are processed through the state’s pay system.”
Justice said, “The situation on our southern border is terrible and I want to make sure we’re doing our part,” when sending the troops off last month. “I’m very proud to support our friends to the south. I know our National Guard will do incredible work, and we’ll wish them Godspeed to get home safe and sound. I thank them all for their incredible bravery and for stepping up yet again to answer the call.”
We will update this story when further details become available.