Guard latest victim of foot-dragging
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took aim at the National Guard in nine states in a recent speech to the Anti-Defamation League, accusing the Guard of refusing to issue ID cards to allow health, housing and other benefits to same-sex spouses of those in the military. Indiana was identified by the Department of Defense as one of those states.
The Indiana National Guard said there was indeed a one-month delay in issuing cards. The Pentagon policy took effect Sept. 3, and the Indiana National Guard says it began processing the requests Oct. 3.
The delay was due to the Indiana National Guard conferring with the Indiana attorney general’s office in order to understand the impact of these new benefits on state-active duty, where state funds are used to pay service members, said Lt. Col. Cathleen Van Bree, a spokesperson for the Indiana National Guard.
Perhaps, but it also follows a pattern of the state administration challenging the federal government at nearly every turn.