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State Resolution Aims to Bring National Guard Members Home

March 7, 2008

Charleston, WV – Bringing the National Guard back to West Virginia is the goal of a resolution introduced in the State Legislature. It asks Congress and the President to end the deployment of the state's National Guard troops in Iraq and Afghanistan -- because they've got plenty of work to do at home.

Gary Zuckett, of the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, says the Guard's most important missions can't be accomplished when they're halfway around the world.

"We feel that our National Guard has served really well in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we need them here in West Virginia, in case we have a flood or a natural disaster. That's what they were designed to do, is to protect the homeland."

Zuckett says many in the state's National Guard members already have faced multiple deployments and, with no end in sight for the nation's involvement in Iraq, he worries that the trend will continue.

"It's unfair to the people who signed up as National Guardsmen and women to deploy them again and again overseas, when really, their job is to be protecting us here at home."

The resolution has been introduced in the West Virginia House of Representatives; a similar measure is expected to be introduced in the Senate today.

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - WV