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End of Title 32 Funds Could Cut Guard COVID-19 Mission Short
Many National Guard soldiers and airmen serving on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak could come off their missions as soon as next week, even as leaders push for more time and funds to battle the continuing pandemic.
Adjutants general and other leaders said the authorization for federal funds through Title 32 Section 502f expires May 31.
A National Guard Bureau spokesman said “several states” have indicated a requirement for Guard forces beyond May 31. Deliberations regarding the process and considerations for extensions beyond that date are ongoing.
The current end date means leaders in many states and territories will have to begin pulling Guardsmen from their COVID-19 missions soon.