Calling Veterans & Americans To The Hill

Although this mobilization appeal from Vets For Freedom refers to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, actually all veterans and Americans are invited to help sway Congress to have spine.

In September, General Petraeus will report to Congress on the status of the mission in Iraq. At that time, members of Congress will decide whether to continue the mission and defeat Al Qaeda, or abandon the mission and surrender to America’s enemies. The stakes could not be higher.

It is absolutely crucial that veterans have a voice in September’s debate. And therefore we’re asking every Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who believes in the mission – and supports our fellow soldiers and Marines still serving – to converge on Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 18th.

We plan to have hundreds of veterans on Capitol Hill … and hope you’ll be one of them.

We will not be the only group on Capitol Hill in September. At this website you can read about anti-war protesters – and anti-war veterans – who plan to confront members of Congress on September 18th. There will even be Iraq war veterans staging a “die in.”

Unlike our opponents, we will not stage protests, chant slogans, or impede the work of government. We will meet constructively with as many members of Congress as we can to express our first-hand experiences and explain why it is important that the sacrifices of our brothers-in-arms not be in vein.

And remember, if you’re on active duty – you can still participate. Current DOD regulations allow you to participate as long as you are: 1) out of uniform; 2) not speaking on behalf of “the military”; and 3) not protesting. The same goes for National Guard and Reserve troops. So please join us….

So, if you are an Iraq or Afghanistan veteran and are ready to take a stand and join us on Capitol Hill on September 17 & 18, please send an email to [email protected] Include the following information:
1. Name and contact information (primary email and phone number)
2. Brief military bio
3. Your home state (and other states in which you have claimed residence)
4. Your probable means of transportation to Washington, DC
5. If you will be able to arrive on the evening of Monday, September 17 for the formal in-brief and dinner with guest speakers.
6. Any questions you might have

Once we receive your information we will schedule meetings with representatives on your behalf and as the date approaches, confirm your lodging in Washington, DC. We are planning on conducting the in-brief on the evening of Monday, September 17 and all the meetings on Tuesday, September 18. For a tentative timeline, see the end of this email….

Don’t miss your opportunity to join Vets for Freedom on Capitol Hill and do your part to support our fellow soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Regards,

Pete Hegseth
Iraq War Veteran 2005-2006
Executive Director, Vets for Freedom

Basic Timeline for September 17-18

September 17 4-6pm: Reception and Lodging assistance
6-9pm: In-brief & dinner (with high profile speakers)
9pm: Social Event
September 18 9am-12: Meetings on Capitol Hill
12pm-1: Lunch
Afternoon: Large Press Conference
1-5pm: Meetings on Capitol Hill

Thanks & Semper Fi!
Bruce Kesler

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