Kansas’ Kathleen Sebelius, in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association meeting, is among those governors worried about what the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are doing to the National Guard. The hardships created by the deployment of tens of thousands of Guard members has been the most obvious result, but The New York Times also noted that the Army National Guard has left more than 64,000 pieces of equipment in Iraq alone since 2003. In addition to the personnel, Sebelius said, “We are also missing a lot of the equipment that’s used to deal with situations at home, day in and day out.” That’s not a small thing for the states that must rely on their National Guard in natural disasters. Just ask Louisiana.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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