Hector Amezcua/hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kyle Reeves of Coulterville holds his 3-year-old son, Alexander, at a welcome-home ceremony last week in Stockton for a California Army National Guard helicopter unit that was deployed for a year in Afghanistan. National Guard members and reservists, along with active-duty military personnel and retirees, are at the mercy of an outdated Defense Department payroll system.

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