Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Deplores Lack of Equipment for National Guard Units

Winter 2007

According to testimony presented this week to the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves by Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, 88% of National Guard Units in the United States are dangerously short of aircraft, trucks, radios and other gear. The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) deplores this lack of equipment that would seriously impair the ability of these Guard units to respond to a natural disaster in this country. Hurricane Katrina and the events of 9/11 underline the necessity for a well-equipped National Guard able to provide a speedy and efficient response to both natural disasters and domestic terrorist events. According to General Blum, Guard units deployed overseas have had to leave behind gear that would be essential in case of a domestic disaster, leaving the American people unprotected in case of emergency. The JWV supports General Blum's call to replace this missing equipment as soon as possible. During this time when tremendous responsibility is being borne by our Guard and Reserves in the war against terrorism, the needs of the Guard to defend the homeland in case of natural disasters or other emergencies must not be compromised. The needs of our National Guard units and of the American people must be met. It is imperative that the military provide increased funds as soon as possible to replace this equipment.

 

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