Hearing planned on impacts of Guard deployment

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Lawmakers in Montpelier will get firsthand testimony today about how the pending deployment of Vermont National Guard members will affect their families and the state.

About 1,800 soldiers are expected to be deployed to Afghanistan, perhaps early next year.

It would be the largest single deployment of the Vermont National Guard since World War II.

South Burlington Rep. Helen Head, chairwoman of the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee, says the sheer numbers are bound to have implications for troop members, families and employers.

Today’s hearing – in the House chambers – is to let Guard members and their families talk about it.

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