IMPACT
08/25/2010 11:56 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Iowa National Guard Retirees Provide Assistance During Natural Disasters

Stretched thin by overseas deployments, Iowa's National Guard is asking retirees to help fulfill one of its core missions: providing assistance during natural disasters at home.

States often send their National Guard troops to manage rescue and relief efforts when disaster strikes. But with some 40,000 National Guard members either in Afghanistan or on their way, there are far fewer troops to lend a hand.

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