Dept. of Defense says local Army wives misinformed

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –America's combat mission in Iraq is over. Operation Iraqi Freedom has become 'Operation New Dawn.' During his speech last night, President Obama made it clear that there's still a lot of work to be done and that this is no victory celebration.

KSLA News 12 talked with military families who voiced concerns about troops combat pay.

"It's called hostile fire pay, and it is being taken away because they're not considered hostile fire, but yet they're still waiting for their families and their lives are still at risk," said Army wife, Amy Deprez.

Deprez said they were told their husbands would lose their combat pay, and she claimed it would cost them hundreds of dollars a month. However, the Department of Defense says those women were misinformed, and soldiers do not need to worry about losing pay. While the combat mission is over, at this time, Iraq is still considered a combat zone.

A representative from the department said, "this means all the special pays they have been getting for being in a combat zone will remain in effect."

They added this will not change unless the President issues a new executive order changing Iraq's status.

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