Ore. lawmakers look to protect sibling soldiers

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that will ensure that a National Guard soldier whose sibling dies while he or she is serving will not have to deploy.

The bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Tuesday.

Under the measure, the Adjutant General will have to notify the Governor if a unit is deploying that has a soldier whose brother or sister was killed in service. If the soldier has certain necessary skills or makes a case to be deployed, they could still be sent to a combat zone.

Current military regulations require a soldier request a waiver to not be deployed if their sibling is killed in service.