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JASON SANCHEZ / CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD

As overwhelmed health departments call for help, National Guard members have been deployed to help run COVID19 testing sites and assist nursing homes.


A Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin aircrew conducts an overflight of areas impacted by Hurricane Hanna near Corpus Christi, Texas, July 26, 2020.
Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Hurricane Hanna arrived in the midst of several COVID-19 outbreaks in South Texas, including in Nueces, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, which have all become hot spots for the disease in recent weeks.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

With millions of people out of work because of the coronavirus, food banks have seen a major surge in demand since March. But August is set to be one one of the busiest months yet and that worries food bank operators. 

Some members of the National Guard are facing consequences because they refused orders to deploy to major cities during this month's protests.

From Texas Standard:

President Donald Trump said in an address to the nation Monday that he has “strongly recommended” that governors deploy the National Guard in response to actions including “rioting and looting."

Trump went on to say, “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

In some states, recruiters are reporting an uptick in the number of people who are expressing interest in joining the Guard.

Jon Soucy / National Guard Bureau

National Guardsmen who respond to domestic missions - such as providing disaster assistance or working along the southern U.S. border - may not qualify for V-A benefits.

In April 2018, President Trump ordered 2,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid Homeland Security.

During a tour on the border last October, Border Patrol spokesman William Rogers complimented the California National Guard troops who were working inside the Border Patrol station in San Diego, acting as dispatchers and monitoring cameras.

Federal law protects the civilian jobs of National Guard and Reserve troops when they deploy. But federal employees allege the government itself doesn't always follow the law.

A thousand National Guard troops from Texas will try to address one of the unintended results of President Trump’s immigration crackdown -- traffic jams that are slowing international commerce.

The Government Accountability Office says the military isn't doing enough to deal with the effects of climate change, after more than $9 billion in hurricane and flood-related damage to three bases in less than a year.

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