2,600 National Guard soldiers, who served 729 days in the longest tour of duty in Iraq returned home expecting educational full benefits. Had they stayed one day longer, they found out, then they would be receiving up to 800 dollars more per month.
"It's pretty much a slap in the face," says one soldier who was counting on the GI Bill. "I think it was a scheme to save money, personally. I think it was a leadership failure by the senior Washington leadership... once again failing the soldiers."
The soldiers stayed 22 months, longer than they expected, extended due to U.S. President George W. Bush's 'surge' in Iraq. Several politicians have raised questions to the Army and Senate.