In a move that could leave some scratching their heads, as many as 200 Guamanian Guard Soldiers, who will process out of Camp Shelby, Mississippi, will be given unemployment compensation; processed and paid for courtesy of the state of Mississippi.
Technically, the funds will come from the federal government’s Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service member’s fund (UCX). This funding is available in all 50 states and three other U.S. Territories; however, Guam is not one of them.
Guam’s governor, Eddie Baza Calvo released this statement:
“Our brave Guardsmen risk their lives defending our freedoms. They deserve to come home without worrying if they can take care of their families. My administration is committed to helping these heroes however we can—even if it means we need to blaze new trails, like we’re doing with the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service members program. We will keep our guard up through partnerships that provide training, education, and jobs to the men and women who fought for our island and country.”
The newly inked deal is in cooperation with the Guam Department of Labor, the State of Mississippi and the National Association of State Workforce Administrators.
The Department of Labor in Guam will do all monitoring and processing once the Soldiers return home.
Actual return date for the Guam Guard Soldiers has not been released.
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