The U.S. Senate agreed with Senator Lindsey Graham that the National Guard should be part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Senator Lindsey Graham says the Senate’s approval on his amendment to give the National Guard a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff was long overdue. Graham says the amendment is recognition and a fitting tribute for our citizen-soldiers and the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our nation.” Graham says guardsmen and reservists are citizen-soldiers and they deserve and have earned a seat at the table. Graham’s amendment was added by a voice vote to the Defense Authorization Bill. The Senate will continue debating the measure and final approval is expected later this week.
Graham says The Guard and Reserve “is indispensable to fighting the War on Terror and protecting the homeland.” His legislation was endorsed by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Convention Association, the National Guard Association of the United States, the Adjutants General Association of the United States, and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States.