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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

More than 40,000 National Guard members currently helping states test residents for the coronavirus and trace the spread of infections will face a "hard stop" on their deployments on June 24 -- just one day shy of many members becoming eligible for key federal benefits, according to a senior FEMA official. The official outlined the Trump administration's plans on an interagency call on May 12, an audio version of which was obtained by POLITICO. The official also acknowledged during the call that the June 24 deadline means that thousands of members who first deployed in late March will find themselves with only 89 days of duty credit, one short of the 90-day threshold for qualifying for early retirement and education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI bill.


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Guard members must serve for 20 years to qualify for a pension at age 60. But for every 90 days serving during a federal emergency, Guard members can move up that retirement by three months. Ninety days of service also qualifies members for 40 percent off the tuition at a public college or university.


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But Trump loves the military, remember?

I mean unless you actually served, were a POW or died defending your country.

But he loves military parades!

#1 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-19 03:33 PM | Reply

---- The Troops

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-19 03:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

March will find themselves with only 89 days of duty credit, one short of the 90-day threshold for qualifying for early retirement and education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI bill.

Posted by retort at 03:19 PM

There's every indication we have a real bastard as president.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-19 03:49 PM | Reply

He needs to save that money to use on golf cart rentals.

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-05-19 03:56 PM | Reply

Proof positive he hates his base! Most of these National Guard members vote GOP and probably wear MAGA hats in their off hours.

#5 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-19 04:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Gunslinger, national Guardsmen are your neighbors serving their community, they have all sorts of political beliefs outside of your broad brush

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-19 04:39 PM | Reply

Loves the military, hates the soldiers.

#7 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-05-19 04:56 PM | Reply

...loves the military budget, but hates the soldiers, and their dependents.


#8 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-05-19 06:12 PM | Reply

This is why the states have been falling down. They hate their national guard troops. These troops are for the nation, not for individual states. The troops are ours, and they come from the states, so the states are responsible for paying them, taking care of them and keeping them safe from this virus. Not the nation...
--J-Red the 'splainer

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2020-05-19 06:24 PM | Reply

And Trump wants to get rid of absentee balloting, which is used quite extensively by military personnel, particularly when they are deployed overseas defending America and protecting our interests around the world, like Middle-Eastern oil.


#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-19 10:16 PM | Reply

Prediction: No MAGAT's will comment on this report.

#11 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-05-20 01:34 AM | Reply

I didn't say all, I said most, that would be as low as 50.00001%. I'm just speaking from personal experience. I know more than a few National Guardsmen and women. They are pretty common in my line of work. All of them in my acquaintance served in the regular military, and do their Guard service to stay involved. All but one of them votes GOP and have been supporters of Dotard.

#12 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-20 03:09 AM | Reply

We should change the laws to deprive one term Presidents of any pension and healthcare benefits.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-20 08:21 AM | Reply

And of course my prediction is true. Trumper's support screwing soldiers over.

#14 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-05-21 02:09 PM | Reply

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