Since then, numerous Marines asked celebrities of all types to attend their balls with them, from Betty White to Michelle Obama. The celebrities who've agreed to go have come away with a newfound respect for the military. Timberlake said on his website after his evening with Cpl. De Santis:
Members of Congress and veterans leaders called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 soldiers in California alone who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The state reached a $252,000 settlement with two contractors over the companies' unlawful evictions of 18 military service members and their families from private military housing in San Diego and Orange counties.