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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.

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