Crow on President Trump’s Decision to Extend National Guard Deployments into August
Following pressure by Congressman Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger who started his service in the National Guard, and his colleagues in Congress, President Donald Trump announced today that he will extend federal orders for National Guard deployments into August. The Administration previously ordered National Guard deployments end on June 24, just one day before thousands of soldiers would qualify for education and retirement benefits. Crow slammed the previous decision and led efforts urging the Administration to reverse course.
“We are happy to hear that the administration has heard our calls and changed course on the National Guard deployments. But it shouldn’t take public outcry and Congressional action for the administration to honor the service of our citizen soldiers. We don’t know what the next stage of the coronavirus looks like, but we do know that the work of our National Guardsmen and women will be necessary in the fight to keep our communities safe. Supporting our troops is more than a bumper sticker slogan, it’s a promise to provide the benefits they have earned,” said Crow.
Earlier this month, Crow alongside Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Cory Gardner, and Representative Doug Lamborn led 125 members of Congress in a letter to President Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel receive benefits earned on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
There are currently more than 40,000 National Guard soldiers serving across 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, including 400 in Colorado.