We must support our Alabama National Guard. The emergency preparedness budget for the Alabama National Guard was $467,000 in FY 09, while the state legislature's internal budget was a whopping $62 million. Our soldiers who put themselves in harm's way deserve better than this. With expanding missions like BP Oil Deep Horizion as well as hurricane, tornado, and flood relief, the National Guard's budget needs to grow to meet these challenges. National Guard armories in many communities are the only place of shelter in an emergency. However, armory maintenance funding has fallen every year, while special interest and personal pork projects have risen exponentially. Our National Guard deserves a Senator who will truly support it.