A GOP member called on the Pentagon to reinstate a soldier who faced punishment for beating up an Afghan commander who was sexually abusing a young boy.
Sgt. Charles Martland, a Green Beret, assaulted an Afghan commander in 2011 after confronting him about the young boy he had chained to his bed as a sex slave, according to reports. As a result, the military has been trying to force Martland out of the military since November. A decision on Martland's fate has been delayed a third time.
The Army was set to issue a final decision on Tuesday, but instead granted itself an extension until May 1, leaving Martland hanging in the balance.
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., on Wednesday called on the Defense Department to "stop dishonoring a two-time Bronze star recipient."
"It is unfathomable that the Pentagon has yet to reinstate Sgt. Martland," Buchanan said. "The Defense Department has had several months and several opportunities to right this wrong. I'm concerned that bureaucratic red tape is blocking common-sense action."
Buchanan also called on Congress to do everything in its power to help Martland, including passing a bipartisan resolution he introduced to send a "strong message" to the Pentagon.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has also been involved in this case, urging the Senate to not confirm Obama's pick to lead the Army until Martland's case has been resolved.
But senators told the Washington Examiner last month that they are unwilling to block nominations and use their full power to help the soldier.