Congressman Kim Leads Bipartisan Effort to Extend NJ National Guard Deployment During COVID-19 Crisis

May 21, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Kim Leads Bipartisan Effort to Extend NJ National Guard Deployment During COVID-19 Crisis
 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in a letter led by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), members of the full bipartisan New Jersey Congressional Delegation asked the Trump Administration to extend the deployment of the New Jersey National Guard beyond the current June 24th deadline. Currently, more than 1,000 Guardsmen and women from New Jersey, and more than 46,000 from across the country, have been deployed to assist in the response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Since the pandemic began, more than a thousand of these professionals have put their lives on the line in our state, working every day to help New Jerseyans fight back against this virus. New Jersey still needs their help, and we ask that you grant Governor Murphy’s May 18th request for this vital extension,” stated Senators Menendez and Booker, as well as Reps. Norcross (NJ-01), Van Drew (NJ-02), Kim (NJ-03), Smith (NJ-04), Gottheimer (NJ-05), Pallone (NJ-06), Malinowski (NJ-07), Sires (NJ-08), Pascrell (NJ-09), Payne Jr. (NJ-10), Sherrill (NJ-11) and Watson Coleman (NJ-12), in the letter addressed to President Trump, Secretary of Defense Esper, and FEMA Administrator Gaynor.

In addition to writing to ask the Administration to extend the deployment to help combat the COVID-19 crisis, the members also raised concerns over a recent Politico report indicating that thousands of Guard members may not receive their hard-earned retirement or education benefits if their deployments fall even one day short of the 90-day service requirement.

“In recognition of their service during these difficult times, we urge you to take steps to ensure that a bureaucratic loophole does not prevent our Guard members from receiving their early retirement credit and education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill,” continued the members in the letter.

The full letter can be viewed by clicking here.

 

 

 

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