Dubie says resolution could hurt service members

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The commander of the Vermont National Guard says a resolution being considered by the Legislature could end up hurting the state’s service members and their families.

The resolution calls for hearings and a study of how overseas deployments affect the troops and the National Guard’s readiness to respond to emergencies in Vermont.

Adjutant General Michael Dubie says the resolution could be acceptable if the hearings were confined to the narrow wording of the proposal.

But Dubie says he fears the hearings could turn into a venue for anti-war sentiments. He says that would be disrespectful to service members.

Last year more than 50 Vermont communities passed resolutions calling for such a study.

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