State Senator Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis is back at the Capitol this week, much earlier than he first anticipated when he was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of his Army National Guard duties last summer. Dolan got into trouble after he took leave and came back to vote in the veto session in September. Both Dolan and military officials later found out he was not supposed to do that. He was admonished and told he could not contact his constituents or do any other functions as a State Senator. He chose to end his time in Cuba. Dolan says some current policies the Pentagon has regarding Guard and Reserve members, not just the ones regarding political activity, could end up discouraging some people from signing up or continuing to serve. Dolan wants the Pentagon to make sure it tells Guardsmen and Reservists more clearly what they can do and what they cannot. Then, officials can work onregulations more conducive to those groups.
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