I had the privilege to attend the Vets on the Hill in September, and it is something I will never forget. To be able to go to the nation’s capitol and be with 250 vets of Iraq and Afghanistan was a beautiful sight of democracy at work! The trip not only brought our message to the law makers in a polite way, it also allowed those of us that have served to come together and make new friendships that will last a lifetime. I would encourage all vets and supporters of the brave men and women fighting to insure our freedoms are safe, to attend this event and show the lawmakers and the country that the cause is just, and we are in it to the end!
For those who would like to attend please read below:
Vets For Freedom
Sign-up for “Vets on the Hill” on April 8
On April 8, 2008 in Washington, DC, Vets for Freedom will hold America’s single largest gathering of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Click here: http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/heroestour/voth_signup.aspx to be a part of “Vets on the Hill,” the culminating event of the Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour.
If you’re a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, or another theater of the War on Terror, sign up today to show up on April 8 and tell Congress to support General Petraeus and our fellow troops as they continue to succeed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Unlike our anti-war 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 comrades-in-arms not be in vein.
Vets for Freedom will cover all travel expenses for the trip. So mark your calendar, sign up today, and tell your fellow veterans. For more details about the event, see the “What You Can Do” section.
As many of you will recall, this isn’t the first time we’ve done this. In September of 2007, Vets for Freedom brought 250 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to Capitol Hill to support General Petraeus and urge Congress to provide the troops the resources, manpower, and time necessary to compete their important mission.
At the time, it was the largest single gathering of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to-date on Capitol Hill; and that day, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle heard the on-the-ground truth from soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen who’ve seen the battle first hand. Soon thereafter, they voted to fund the troops.
On April 8th, 2008 we’re going to do it again. And we’re going to bring even more veterans to Capitol Hill this time!
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. Please join us.
What You Can Do!
1. Sign Up. Sign up on our web-portal, and within two weeks your travel will be arranged. Veterans will be flown in to Washington, DC late on Monday, April 7th, will participate in events and meetings on Capitol Hill on April 8th, and will be flown home on the evening of the 8th. Attendance should only require one day off of work.
Ask any of the 250 veterans who joined us on Capitol Hill in September, and they’ll tell you what a great trip it was-especially since we helped stop Congress from voting to undercut the troops. Don’t miss your chance to do the same on April 8…on an even larger scale.
But we need you to sign up early. By signing up in the next two weeks, Vets for Freedom can schedule meetings for you with your Senator and Representative. In September we had hundreds of meeting, and we’ll do so again.
There is no reason not to attend. You have 8 weeks notice, travel will be paid for, and our cause is just. Tell your buddies. Meet them in Washington, DC. And together, tell your representative where you stand.
Pete HegsethExecutive DirectorVets for Freedom
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