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Private First Class Mike Covington and Staff Seargent Kevin Hargrave are trying to start their hulking army humvee, but the ignition is stuck.

"You gotta be in neutral," Hardgraves says. "There you go, shift it back."

Their job is to use this humvee to escort people who absolutely have to be at work: police officers, fire fighters, even a few doctors. Unfortunately, Hargrave says, they're not allowed to help civilians whose cars could use a push.

"We're also here for humanitarian reasons," he says, "but we can't risk damaging property or anything."

Hargrave says the humvee was designed as a combat vehicle. Now, he's combatting snow.

"Lots and lots of snow," Hargrave says, "and people out on the road that don't need to be out on the road."

More than 100 D.C. National Guardsmen are driving humvees throughout the area. They've been deployed since Friday night, when the snow first started falling.

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