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NY Reps Ask Trump To Extend National Guard Authorization

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Marc Lindemann, left, commander of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, conducts a promotion ceremony advancing Pfc. Ervin Chance to the rank of specialist
Photo courtesy of Command Sgt. Major Russel Gallo
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New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Marc Lindemann, left, commander of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, conducts a promotion ceremony advancing Pfc. Ervin Chance to the rank of specialist

Two New York Congressmen want to ensure National Guard service members receive benefits, and are asking President Trump to extend deployment authorization.

Congressmen Antonio Delgado and John Katko say extending authorization for National Guard activities in New York through the duration of the National Emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic would ensure service members receive benefits while helping the state maintain public health measures. With the current authority for National Guard deployment in New York set to expire on June 24, Delgado, a 19th District Democrat, and Katko, a 24th District Republican, have written to Trump asking that he extend authorization to ensure service members qualify for benefits such as the Post-9/11 GI bill.

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