number of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets belong to the Vermont
National Guard – and they’re preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. For
some, part of that preparation has included taking a class to help them better
deal with the changes they’re about to experience.
Guard officials say preparations for the upcoming deployment to Afghanistan have gone more smoothly than in the past. They
say that’s largely because they’ve had plenty of time to get ready – and
training has been better than in previous deployments.
Vermont Army National Guard has received an order for a possible mobilization
in early 2010. Adjutant
General Michael Dubie says members of the 86th Mountain Brigade
could be called up to active duty. He says he notified them and their families
through an e-mail.
Just a under a year ago, the Vermont National Guard started a new
effort to help identify whether veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq were
suffering from traumatic brain injury. Over the first
year of the program, its mandate and staffing have increased to deal
with the large numbers of veterans who need assistance in readjusting
to civilian life.
A group of lawmakers is calling on Governor Jim Douglas to
end the deployment of roughly 25 Vermont National Guard troops serving in Iraq.
They say President Bush’s authority to use these troops has expired.
But the governor says a review by his office shows that
the President’s authority is legal.