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Texas National Guard troops in Rio Grande Valley using food bank because they haven't

SAN ANTONIO -- About 50 National Guard troops deployed to the border by Gov. Rick Perry are using food and gas assistance from a food bank in the Rio Grande Valley because they haven't been paid in weeks.

The troops were deployed weeks ago -- state and local officials were tight-lipped about an exact deployment date -- and told RGV Food Bank employees in Pharr that they won't be paid until Sept. 5, according to a report from KGBT.

"To have any of our men and women in uniform having to be in a food bank line is embarrassing for Texas," state Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, told KGBT, adding that it is "disrespectful" and blamed poor planning.

Neither Perry nor the National Guard responded to requests for comment on Friday. Perry, who was indicted on two felony charges Aug. 15, has not responded to numerous inquiries from the San Antonio Express-News in recent weeks regarding the National Guard deployment.

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