Sunday, December 21, 2003
Iowa Leads in Guard, Reserve Deaths|
Iowa, Indiana and Pennsylvania lead the nation in the number of National Guard or Reserve members killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, a Des Moines Sunday Register analysis shows.That's a high price to pay for being the best. Maybe that's why Gov. Bush was able to serve his Guard duty in Alabama. He simply wasn't good enough to be sent to die.
Gov. Tom Vilsack has asked whether Iowa Guard troops are sharing a disproportionate burden in the global war on terrorism. But Maj. Gregory Hapgood Jr., a spokesman for the Iowa National Guard, said Iowa troops are being called to duty in large numbers because they have a nationwide reputation for being first-rate soldiers.