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Vets for Freedom Continues Marching On The Hill
Vets for Freedom ^ | Tuesday, July 17, 2007 | Adriel Domenech

Posted on 07/18/2007 5:37:13 PM PDT by MNJohnnie

Vets for Freedom expresses disappointment that veterans were not able to meet with Congressional leadership from both sides of the aisle in Congress today. While many Republican Senators, including leadership, made themselves available for questions and input, interaction from Democratic leadership was noticeably absent. In spite of that, Vets for Freedom members remain committed to speaking with elected leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Republican leadership (and some Democrats, although not leadership) made room in their busy schedules—on very short notice—to speak with veterans. These veterans flew in on their own dime to ask Congress to give General David Petraeus the time he needs to fully implement the surge of American forces in Iraq. Veterans are very grateful and thankful for the time that these Senators took to spend with them.

Five days in advance of today's events, Vets for Freedom meeting requests—for 5 minutes—were submitted to the Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House. Repeated attempts were made to contact and meet with the Democratic leadership. "In the end, they made a disappointing decision to decline meeting with veterans who have first-hand knowledge of the situation on the ground" said Pete Hegseth, an Iraq War veteran and executive director of Vets for Freedom. "It is especially disappointing because Democratic leadership's misguided policy—a declaration of defeat—will lead to a national security disaster for the United States."

Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowledge to issues of American strategy and tactics—namely "the surge" in Iraq. Vets for Freedom is the leading voice representing troops and veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; supportthetroops; vetsforfreedom; vff
So much for Democrats claims to support the troops
1 posted on 07/18/2007 5:37:14 PM PDT by MNJohnnie
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To: SandRat; SoldierDad; rodguy911; eeevil conservative; Phsstpok; jveritas; pissant; Alas Babylon!; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 07/18/2007 5:39:11 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Ignorance can be cured by education, stupidity is a terminal condition)
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To: txradioguy; Old Sarge

Hey, you two might be intrested in this


3 posted on 07/18/2007 5:39:55 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Ignorance can be cured by education, stupidity is a terminal condition)
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To: MNJohnnie; DevSix

I lve these guys. Is Devsix involved?


4 posted on 07/18/2007 5:40:10 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: MNJohnnie

Thanks for the ping Johnnie


5 posted on 07/18/2007 5:43:15 PM PDT by StoneWall Brigade
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To: MNJohnnie

A BIG Bump To The Top!!!


6 posted on 07/18/2007 6:06:03 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: MNJohnnie; All

Vets for Freedom with be joining with Move America Forward to help sponsor a FIGHT FOR VICTORY TOUR:

Supporters of Operation Iraqi Freedom will conduct a nationwide caravan along with more than 2-dozen rallies calling for continued support of U.S. troops based in Iraq in the days leading up to General David Petraeus September 15th report to Congress.

From September 3, 2007 through September 15, 2007 the nation’s largest grassroots, pro-troop organization, Move America Forward will lead thousands of supporters in a cross-country effort called the “FIGHT FOR VICTORY TOUR.”
http://www.moveamericaforward.org/


7 posted on 07/18/2007 6:21:02 PM PDT by DrDeb (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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To: MNJohnnie

BUMP! God bless these Vets!


8 posted on 07/18/2007 6:22:01 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: MNJohnnie

The traitors cannot handle the truth and will not meet with the brave vets.


9 posted on 07/18/2007 6:58:40 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: MNJohnnie; All

The Democrat leadership and RINOs don’t have time to meet with our heroes:

PRO-SURGE IRAQ VETS MAKE UNPOPULAR PLEA
By: Aoife McCarthy
Jul 18, 2007 07:17 PM EST

For more than a half-hour Tuesday, a small group of Iraq war veterans worked on their adversary, pressing President Bush’s surge strategy to the staff of Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin.

“Unproductive,” muttered one as he arrived for lunch in the American Legion building on D Street shortly afterward.

Reports from other meetings between lawmakers and Vets for Freedom, a nonpartisan organization established by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, weren’t much brighter. Participants who met with Virginia Sen. John Warner, one of the president’s most influential Republican critics, said his senior aides seemed to talk past them and repeated talking points. Those in a meeting with the staff of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said they had a frank discussion that pleased them, even though it brought no victory.

You can read the rest of the article here:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0707/5026.html


10 posted on 07/18/2007 7:00:12 PM PDT by DrDeb (IF STANDING FOR LIBERTY IN THE WORLD MAKES ME A DISSIDENT, I WEAR THAT TITLE WITH PRIDE. GWB -07)
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