Sunday, November 27, 2005

Congress Shuts Out its Veterans

I'm a little upset about this one, and I think most of you will back me up on this one.

For more than 50 years, the leaders of veterans groups have met with a joint session of Congress to discuss legislation regarding our military's veterans, such as the GI Bill, healthcare, and so on. But this week, The Congress has decided that it no longer wishes to hear from its military veterans each year. Read more about it HERE.

I spoke with the head of the American Legion in Austin, Tx today and he has confirmed all of this and has stated that veterans organizations and some members of Congress are taking action on this matter as we speak.

Please join me in writing to your Congressperson and expressing that it is not acceptable for Congress to shut its ears to the veterans who have served and continue to serve this country in various ways every day, especially at a time with this country is relying on its military more and more.

It will only take you two minutes. All you have to do is go to THIS WEBPAGE, type your message in (or copy and paste the one I sent, which I've pasted below), and hit send. You can also help by forwarding this email to your friends so that they too can write their Congresspersons. Thanks everyone!

My letter:

Sir or Ma'am

I recently received word that the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind) recently announced that veteran’s service organizations will no longer have the opportunity to present testimony before a joint hearing - a tradition that dates back to the 1950's.

I can hardly believe my ears.

At a time when this country is calling on its troops - volunteer troops - more than ever before, it seems inconceivable to me that Congress would close its collective ear to the veterans who have served and continue to serve this country faithfully. (Meanwhile, the likes of Pat Robertson receive complimentary conference calls from top Administration officials!)

From the war on terrorism, to humanitarian relief efforts at home and abroad, this nation's troops have never been a more important or vital part of American life.

On behalf of myself and other veterans, I insist that this action by the Veteran's Affairs Committee is unacceptable to the vast community of this nation's veterans and should be rectified immediately.

Thank you for your time. I sincerely hope that this country's veterans can rely on your support in this matter.

Best Regards,

The article:

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind) recently announced that veteran's service organizations will no longer have the opportunity to present testimony before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees, a tradition of legislative presentations by veteran's service organizations that dates back to the 1950s. The joint hearings have been held each year to allow the elected leaders of veterans groups to discuss their organization's legislative agenda and foremost concerns with the lawmakers who have jurisdiction over federal veterans programs. Senators and Representatives who serve on those committees also get the opportunity to address the hundreds of constituent members from these organizations' who make the annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill. How do you feel about this action? Let your public officials know how you feel!

1 Comments:

At Monday, November 28, 2005 7:44:00 PM, Anonymous GRANDPAPETE said...

IT is time VETERANS saw the writing on the wall just as we hear words from REP. JEAN SHMIDT to a veteran of many years REP. MURTHA calling him a "coward".
ITS funny that every thirty years our country creates more VETERANS by WARS but tyink nothing of us when we are not needed.
WE are now talking about WITHDRAWAING TROOPS FROM IRAQ but some REPUBLICANS are still fighting the thought.
BUT we can leave as early as DEC.16,2005 just think:
WE HAVE DEFEATED SADAM
WE HAVE DEFEATED HIS ARMY
WE HAVE MADE IT ABLE FOR IRAQIES TO VOTE.
WE HAVE HELPED THEM FORM A GOVERMENT
WE HAVE HELP TRAIN A POLICE FORCE
WE HAVE HELPED TRAIN AN IRAQIE ARMY
WE HAVE EQUIPED THEM
WE HAVE SHOWN THEM WHAT FREEDOM IS
WHAT MORE CAN WE DO ITS TIME THE FOUGHT FOR THERE OWN FREEDOM, ITS THERE COUNTRY, THERE PEOPLE , THERE FAMILYS.
WE HAVE GIVEN 2,355 U.S. IVES TO DATE, OVER16,000 U.S. WOUNDED.
ITS TIME WE BOUGHT OUR TROOPS HOME AND REALY SAID:
.......NMISSION ACCOMPLUSHED.....

 

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