Letter to Senators
On behalf of Military Families Speak Out, we write to you to urge you to do everything you can to truly end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bring our troops home now, and take care of them when they get here. These postcards are from your constituents who share our conviction that the wars are not making us safer, and are taking a terrible toll – both human and financial – on our loved ones and on this country. Our ongoing presence in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to contribute to unacceptable civilian casualties and is not the solution to problems in these countries.
Military Families Speak Out is an organization of close to 4,000 Military and Gold Star Families opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have relatives or loved ones who are currently in the military or who have served in the military since September 11, 2001.
These wars are not worth the financial or human costs. We are bankrupting our future; we must reduce the overall military budget and reduce the financial toll from our military operations. For the sake of our loved ones and the future, we ask you to do everything you can to bring them to an end. We ask that you:
Initiate or support legislation comparable to HR 780, A Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan
Support efforts to reduce the overall military budget, and vote against continued funding
We know that voting against funding opens you up to critique that you are “abandoning the troops.” However, there is enough money in the Pentagon budget to quickly and safely bring the troops home. What is needed is political leadership from you and your colleagues. We are willing to stand by you when you take these stands. Our loved ones have their lives on the line, and we hope you will take risks and act with urgency to get them out of harms way. How we are using the troops does not honor their willingness to serve their country.
As people with family members in the military, it is our loved ones who are, have been, or will be on the battlefront. It is our loved ones who are at risk, who have been injured or who have paid the ultimate price for these wars. It is our loved ones who are returning scarred from their experiences, suffering severe physical and psychological injuries. Many of our loved ones have now been deployed multiple times, up to 6 and 7 in some cases. Many troops have been redeployed before they were fully recovered, mentally, physically and emotionally. Our troops have the right to heal, it is the least that we can do for these men and women that have put themselves on the line. Please support a Congressional inquiry into troop readiness to examine the issue of redeployment without adequate recovery time. Please ensure that health, housing and education services for veterans and military families are fully supported.
On behalf of Military Families Speak Out,
Larry Syverson, Chair of the Board of Directors
Nikki Morse, Interim Executive Director
that pretty much says it all and the only thing to really ad is that how sad it is that the man who ran claiming he would end the illegal war now has to be begged to do what he promised.
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