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ATLANTA -- The Georgia Army National Guard gets top honors.

Monday, Governor Nathan Deal announced that the state's army national guard received this year's Army Communities of Excellence Award, an award for which organizations from all 50 states compete.

Governor Deal says the honor recognizes those providing excellence in facilities, services and support to soldiers and their families.

In addition, the governor signed a bill aimed at helping veterans use their military certifications and experience to get certain professional licenses in the state.