BUFFALO, NY - U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul (D- NY 26th) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D- New York) say they will jointly send a letter to the Defense Department requesting clarity to their leave policy changes, to help give National Guard members and their families a better expectation for their time off.
Their action follows a story which aired on WGRZ-TV on Monday, regarding the confusion over a policy which resulted in some Western New Yorkers serving in Kuwait being denied a mid-deployment leave, which they had been previously been told they were eligible for.
In a statement, Gillibrand said, "Our National Guard members and the families who stand by them bravely serve our country. They have earned their time to see their families back home, and deserve straightforward expectations for when they can see their loved ones. I will keep pressing Defense officials for clarification on leave time, and I will keep fighting my hardest to secure all the benefits and resources that our service members and their families have earned."
Hochul, speaking with Two On Your Side from Washington, said, "We're taking it right to the top and asking the Secretary of the Army for how this confusion could have occurred."
Click on the video player to watch our story from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist Bob Mancuso.