Guard Members Provide Support in Aftermath of Tragedies

National Guard members from both Massachusetts and Texas are continuing to provide support to civil and local authorities in the aftermath of the events in Boston and in West, Texas.

The Massachusetts National Guard continues to assist local and state authorities following the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. As of April 17, more than 780 troops were still on state active duty. Earlier, more than 1,000 Guard members were on duty continuing to assist local, state, and federal authorities and provide support to the city of Boston.

More than 20 members of the Texas Army National Guard’s 6th Civil Support Team were monitoring air quality for hazardous emissions at the site of a still-burning fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Additional search and extraction, and command and control capabilities from the Texas National Guard Homeland Response Force remain on alert and ready to assist.

Our hearts are with everyone that has been affected by these tragedies. The National Military Family Association commends the National Guard members for their efforts in these difficult times. We also recognize that with the additional mobilizations of National Guard members, their families often are left to worry about their loved ones while addressing challenges at home. Don’t be afraid to seek out support services if you need them.

Younger children may also have difficulty understanding these events and why mom or dad has to go away because they have been mobilized. Visit our Talking with Children after a Traumatic Event page for information on how to communicate with children and when to seek help from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).

(Source: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119790 and http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119805)

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