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LTE I sent to Portsmouth Herald
« on: September 09, 2004, 08:57:45 pm »

Dear folks at the Herald:

I saw and enjoyed your recent editorial about the importance of volunteers in the Seacoast region. For those interested in helping New Hampshire in an unexpected way there's also this:

Recently Senator Carl Johnson handed governor Benson a proposal which would reconstitute the New Hampshire State Guard, over 50 years after it was replaced by the National Guard. State Guards have re-formed in about 25 other states so far; basically they are like the National Guard except participants are unpaid volunteers, unfunded by tax dollars. They are also prohibited from being sent outside the state. They report to the Governor, and if we succeed in rebirthing ours it will soon need volunteers.

In other parts of the country, State Guards have been used mostly to assist in disaster relief and perform other functions that the local authorities and the National Guard cannot get to in a crisis. Should our National Guard be called away for an outside emergency, we'd need this.

You can find out more about State Guards in general by visiting www.sgaus.org, and you can learn more about the NH State Guard project by e-mailing me (listed my e-mail here). I'm not an organizer, but I can get you in touch with one. Virtually anyone can help!

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