Troops withdrawals from Iraq, Afghanistan wreak havoc on National Guard soldiers' lives
from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
With President Obama's order for full withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year, National Guard and Reservists face more challenges than their active duty counterparts. In the last 60 days, as many as 8,900 Army National Guard soldiers were either sent home early from Iraq or Afghanistan, or were told that the Pentagon's plans to send them to war had either been shelved or changed. As a result, U.S. military and Guard leaders have been scrambling to find alternative missions for many of the soldiers — particularly those who had put their lives and jobs on hold and were depending on the deployment for their livelihood.
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