I am a member of a state defense force (SDF). Approximately 22 states have an SDF. With the right equipment, training and support these highly skilled volunteers can have a tremendous positive impact on Preparedness and Homeland Security.
I recommend that your organization endorse H.R.206 titled State Defense Force Improvement Act. This bill is currently in subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is re-introduced every session and each year it ends up in committee with no action taken.
Most soldiers in the various SDFs are veterans who are trying to serve their country even after completing their Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine or Coast Guard committment. SDFs are truly an underutilized resource.