ORIGINAL: Robert Rowland
When I joined the National Guard in '81 there was an unwritten rule that we would not drill on Mothers Day weekend, Super Bowl weekend, and Firearms deer season. Several years later a new Battalion Commander scheduled a drill on opening weekend. He found out why we never did that when about half of the people in the battalion did not show up, and they have not tried it since.
Since I retired from the Guard, the unit has been sent to several hot spots and many of my friends have not only had to be away from family, but also miss multiple deer seasons. I have missed one season in the last 32 years and it just about made me sick when it happend. I have tried to make it easier for the troops by sending care packages, although the D&DH magazines may have made it harder on them. Many of my old friends are now in Bosnia serving as U.N. peacekeeping troops and they will miss another deer season.
If you have friends, or even a guard unit near you that has troops deployed, get the address from the guys at the armory and send your magazines among other things to these guys. They need that kind of stuff to keep their spirits up.
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