Coverage provided by WSPA on May 8th 2019. Original posting can be viewed HERE.
WSPA.com article May 8
ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina State Guard has been around since 1670, but 2019 is the first time they’re asking the community for help through their “Boots on the Ground” campaign.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Angela Stringer said the guard has been a well-kept secret, since many people either didn’t realize they are part of South Carolina military or that they’re not the National Guard.
“The State Guard is different from the National Guard and the Army Reserve. They’re activated by the federal government, and they’re federal, and they’re paid,” Chief Stringer said.
Only 22 of the 50 states have state guard forces. In South Carolina, the state guard is a volunteer based organization and members purchase most of their equipment they use in the field.
Legislators recently made May, South Carolina State Guard Month.
The guard is volunteer based and most of the funds come from guard members or the South Carolina State Guard Missions & Operations Foundation 501(c)(3); therefore, the guard started the “Boots on the Ground’ campaign, in May, to earn more funds for equipment.
Chief Stringer said the campaign accomplishes two simple goals:
1. Raise awareness about SC State Guard
2. Raise $350,000 to for necessary equipment needed to respond to hurricanes, floods, or other natural disasters.
There are nearly 1,000 active state guard members, and in 2018, they donated more than 900,000 hours helping those in need.
“You don’t want to think that you need us, until you do. The thing is there’s no place- Ice storms! You may need us during an ice storm,” Chief Stringer said,”The money we’re trying to raise through this boots on the ground campaign will help us to be equipped to help you better when we’re trying to protect the lives and property.”
While May is SC State Guard month, funds from the “Boots on the Ground” campaign aims to help the guard all year long.