As Governor Greg Abbott mobilizes thousands of Texas National Guard soldiers to aid him in his border initiative known as Operation Lone Star, the state has struggled to pay the soldiers on time while cutting their tuition assistance benefits, raising concerns about the morale of the 19,000 force members.
In recent months, Abbott has stepped up the National Guard’s presence along the Texas-Mexico border, enlisting some 10,000 troops to put up border fences and help Department of Public Safety soldiers put in is implementing its plan to arrest and imprison migrants on state charges, dubbed Operation Lone Star. Military officers recognized last week, there were “about 150 soldiers with pay problems”, attributing the delays to the “scale” of the “embarkation of thousands of guards” as part of the operation.
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