Equipment Problems for Illinois National Guard

Five years after the September Eleventh terrorist attacks, the Illinois National Guard doesn't have all the equipment it deems necessary to respond rapidly to a disaster at home.

Illinois guardsmen have left more than 40 (M) million dollars worth of equipment in war-torn Iraq after being called to help fight the global war against terrorism,

Even equipment that was still working after heavy use was left behind for replacement units.

The rest -- ranging from trucks to radios -- are now decaying in the desert.

U-S Senator Dick Durbin says a list compiled by the Guard shows just what's missing in the Illinois towns that guardsmen call home.

For example, of the more than 14-hundred Humvees the Guard considers necessary, just over 700 are available. And only 26 of the 169 trucks required are on hand.


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