South Carolina State Guard Month

The state's greatest secret saving lives

Patrick Gentry
May 24, 2019 - 11:16 am

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.

There are nearly 1,000 active state guard members, and in 2018, they donated more than 900,000 hours helping those in need.

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.

While May is SC State Guard month, funds from the “Boots on the Ground” campaign aims to help the guard all year long.

For more information on the guard click here, or the “Boots on the Ground” campaign click here.



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