Governor Jindal Wants National Guard Helping With Oil Spill

LA Natl GuardGov. Bobby Jindal has told the U.S. secretaries of defense and homeland security that he wants the National Guard mobilized to fight the oil spill heading for Louisiana’s coast.

In a letter Thursday to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, he asks for money for at least 90 days of military duty for up to 6,000 soldiers and airmen. Jindal made the request under a federal law that would let the National Guard members get military retirement points, health insurance and disability protection.

He asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to approve environmental disaster money for the mobilization, and to require “the owners of the Deepwater Horizon facility responsible for this oil spill” to pay all costs and damages from the oil spill and state recovery efforts.