Senator Saxby Chambliss Speaks at National Guard Conference

Senator Chambliss speaking.
Senator Chambliss speaking.

At home and overseas, National Guard troops put their lives on line to protect our way of life. Today at the annual National Guard Association Conference, they received a special visit from Senator Saxby Chambliss, who said too many things are causing problems for these brave men and women in Georgia's National Guard.

Dozens of National Guard troops and other military members packed the Jekyll Island Convention Center for the 59th annual National Guard Association of Georgia Annual Conference.

"It's a very humbling experience for me because I know it's these same guys who are making America a safe place where we can gather," said Chambliss.

Chambliss told them he appreciated the job these men and women do, not only around the world, but especially here in Georgia as they help battle the wildfires.

"We're calling on them to assist our brave firefighters over in Southeast Georgia to help fight these wildfires and again they respond professionally," said Chambliss.

Chambliss also touched on current legislation he's introduced into the Senate.

"What I have done is introduce an amendment over the last three years, to reduce the retirement age of a member of the guard or reserve by 90 days for every 90 days they are called to active duty for an emergency operation in the United States or overseas and this will be for a maximum of 10 years," said Chambliss.

Many troops said they are excited about what the retirement changes could mean for them.

"It's great news for us anytime we're talking early retirement. We can put our time in and get rewarded for it, so that's great news," said Air National Guard member Tom Love.

"It's really good to hear that people in Congress are concerned about the National Guard," said Air National Guard Captain Juan Doan.

Senator Chambliss said the new provisions will be on the floor of the Senate. He feels it won't be long before President Bush signs them into law.

Reported by: David Hall,