Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y, at a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in 2019.

Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y, at a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in 2019. (Stars and Stripes)

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat from New York, will start National Guard duty Wednesday after his unit was called to support the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rose, a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, is a captain in the Army National Guard. He will serve at Staten Island facilities as an operations officer in the coronavirus response. He made the announcement in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

“You won’t be hearing from me as much because I’ll be activated in the military,” Rose said. “This is a small, small thing compared to the doctors, nurses, our front-line medical staff and our first responders out there each and every day putting their lives on the line without the equipment they so desperately need.”

Rose represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. His staff will continue to work on constituent services, he said.

Nearly 15,000 members of the National Guard have been activated across the country to support states’ efforts to combat the pandemic. The New York National Guard had activated 2,700 personnel as of Tuesday.

“Soon enough, I’ll be back out of the military and in my full roll as congressman,” Rose said. “Stay safe, stay strong, and I’ll see you soon.” Twitter: @nikkiwentling

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Nikki Wentling has worked for Stars and Stripes since 2016. She reports from Congress, the White House, the Department of Veterans Affairs and throughout the country about issues affecting veterans, service members and their families. Wentling, a graduate of the University of Kansas, previously worked at the Lawrence Journal-World and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The National Coalition of Homeless Veterans awarded Stars and Stripes the Meritorious Service Award in 2020 for Wentling’s reporting on homeless veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2018, she was named by the nonprofit HillVets as one of the 100 most influential people in regard to veterans policymaking.

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