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Rose L. Thayer

National Guard deployment increases by 5,000 troops in one day to help stop coronavirus spread

An additional 5,000 National Guard members have been activated since Monday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as governors rely on federal funding for troops to help with everything from testing to building hospital-bed facilities.

Military nonprofits step up to help those impacted by the coronavirus

As people struggle with loss of income, school closures and child-care issues, and with the anxiety of how long the pandemic could last, nonprofits that cater to veterans and service members are reaching out to see how they can help ease these stresses.


Additional 540 troops heading to US-Mexico border to back up border agents during coronavirus outbreak

National Guard troops were first authorized to deploy to the border in April 2018 and active-duty troops joined them about six months later. The mission is authorized to continue through fiscal year 2020, which ends Sept. 30.


National Guard in 10 states, two territories approved for federal funding to fight coronavirus pandemic

Roughly 17,250 National Guard troops are deployed across the country and granting them federal status gives them the same benefits as active-duty service members during their deployments to help subdue the virus outbreak that has killed more than 4,450 Americans.


Military’s first member to die from coronavirus remembered as man who loved God, country and family

Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok was preparing to activate as a physician assistant with the New Jersey National Guard in response to the coronavirus pandemic when the 57-year-old became sick with the virus. He entered a Pennsylvania hospital on March 21 and died Saturday.


New Jersey National Guard member is first coronavirus death in the military

Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, a member of the New Jersey National Guard, is the first service member to die from the virus.