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Challenges for the National Guard

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The Oregon National Guard has been showing up a lot in the news recently.

A group of Oregon soldiers have filed suit against military contractor Kellogg, Brown and Root. The soldiers say they have suffered health problems after being exposed to hexavalent chromium while protecting a KBR convoy.

Meanwhile, Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Kurt Schrader have taken up the cause of Guard soldiers who say they are treated differently than their Army counterparts. They are asking the Defense Department and the Government Accountability Office to follow up with claims that Guard soldiers are not given the same respect as Army soldiers and that the Guard are not adequately looked after when they return home.

Have you or someone you know served in the National Guard? What are the challenges specific to the Guard, as opposed to other branches of the military?

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