(ARIZONA DAILY STAR SEPT. 3, 2006) … Opinion - Thomas F. Hall
This Labor Day, as Americans enjoy a day off from work, our country's 1.1 million National Guard and Reserve members will reflect on being "twice the citizen": an American who not only contributes to civilian society, but also serves our nation.
No longer "weekend warriors," National Guard and Reserve members increasingly face more activity due to catastrophic natural disasters, border control and the escalating war on terrorism at home and abroad. From Afghanistan to Djibouti, from Maine to Hawaii, these Americans must leave their civilian lives to serve our country during active duty.
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Hall is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.