Arkansas Guardsmen Being Asked to Extend Stays in Iraq

AUGUST 9, 2004 - Posted at 7:11 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Some members of the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade now in Iraq have been asked to extend their stay for an extra $1,000 a month.

About 400 soldiers who also served in Egypt were given the choice on Saturday.  They had been waiting for months to hear if they'd be sent home before the rest of the brigade.  They were told that they could be home by December unless they opt to stay.  The incentive pay was approved by the office of the undersecretary of defense.  Each soldier who stays will receive the extra pay until the end of the 39th's deployment, which will probably be in April.

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