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Congress, NGAUS Push for T32 COVID-19 Extension, Full Benefits 

The chorus of national leaders calling for President Trump to extend the domestic deployment of Guardsmen past a June 24 deadline has grown to include top Pentagon officials.

Speaking on NBC’s Today Show on Friday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he supports extending the deployment past the cutoff if needed to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, went further the same day when he told Politico, “The mission is not done yet. The one thing we know for sure is that this mission is going to continue beyond the 24th of June.”