After stonewalling inquiries for two months, Gov. Greg Abbott said last week that he knew of only 84 pay issues for Texas soldiers. That same day, a source provided Texas Scorecard with a spreadsheet outlining 545 Texas soldiers with pay issues. This file raises questions about whether Abbott was misinformed by the Texas Military Department (TMD), or if he knowingly mislead the public.
In March 2021, Abbott launched Operation Lone Star (OLS), sending Texas National Guard forces to our border with Mexico after it was largely abandoned by the Biden-Harris administration.
Last month, Texas Scorecard reported on internal communications at the Texas comptroller’s office confirming Texas soldiers assigned to OLS were not being paid on time. On January 11, Abbott claimed “all paycheck issues have been addressed.”
But just a day later, on January 12, Texas Scorecard reported multiple sources contradicted this account. The following day, TMD published a “Morale Survey Update” admitting “there are still numerous pay issues.”