HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Better late, than never. That could be said for National Guard training that'll take place this weekend all across the nation after being postponed because of a federal budget shortfall.
That $100 million shortfall resulted because fewer troops were being sent overseas and Guard officials said more money was needed to pay for weekend drills at home.
Last week, Congress approved a transfer of funds and now, Guard troops, including 9,000 in Mississippi, will receive their drill pay for this month.
"The participation in the Guard is at an all-time high and deployments overseas are at an all-time low," said Mississippi's 4th Dist. Rep. Steven Palazzo, who is also a member of the Mississippi National Guard. "So, (military officials) basically just miscalculated the budget. They sent the programming request over and it's been signed off and they should be drilling this weekend," Palazzo said.
The Air National Guard was not affected by the budget shortfall.