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Bush Tells Guard Group He's Proud of His Service

President Bush addresses the National Guard Association of the United States in Las Vegas, Nev., telling the group he is proud to have been in the service. Since Sept. 11, 2001, an estimated 225,000 guardsmen, about half the total force, have been called up for active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

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You're most likely to find NPR's Don Gonyea on the road, in some battleground state looking for voters to sit with him at the local lunch spot, the VFW or union hall, at a campaign rally, or at their kitchen tables to tell him what's on their minds. Through countless such conversations over the course of the year, he gets a ground-level view of American elections. Gonyea is NPR's National Political Correspondent, a position he has held since 2010. His reports can be heard on all NPR News programs and at NPR.org. To hear his sound-rich stories is akin to riding in the passenger seat of his rental car, traveling through Iowa or South Carolina or Michigan or wherever, right along with him.