Friday, January 07, 2005


"You go to war with the army you have, not the army you want."

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - New Jersey is collecting used bulletproof vests for U.S. troops in Iraq to use as armor for their vehicles, following complaints that soldiers were underprotected.

Acting Gov. Richard Codey on Thursday asked all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in New Jersey to donate used vests that could be used to strengthen armor on military vehicles.

"We are establishing regional drop-off points at our National Guard armories to collect used bulletproof vests to give our troops every possible protection," Codey said in a statement.

The vests are intended for vehicles and not for individual soldiers, who already have personal body armor, the statement said.

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