Ore. lawmakers look to protect sibling soldiers

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Senate unanimously passed a measure that ensures a National Guard soldier whose sibling dies while he or she is serving will not have to deploy.

Under the measure, approved Tuesday, 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.