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Brave Afghan Vet  Demands Answers from Congress

From the Testimony Today, 4.23.09, by the Soldiers of Today, on Afghanistan! Brave New Foundation weaves one soldiers opening remarks with the opening remarks, in Congress, of a brother ‘Nam Soldier from our Years Past and another Congressional Hearing!

Thanks to your efforts, we were able to bring Rick Reyes, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, to Congress’s attention. A former Corporal in the US Marines, Reyes was powerful and truthful as he told Senator John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “I urge you on behalf of truth and patriotism to consider carefully and rethink Afghanistan. More troops, more occupation is not the answer.”

Reyes’s testimony raises critical concerns that Congress must address before approving a massive supplemental war funding bill in the next few weeks. Let’s work to halt this war funding bill by calling our Representatives, and urging them not to vote for it until all the questions raised in these hearings have been answered.

Senate Foreign Relations Cmte. Hearing on Soldiers’ Stories from the Afghan War earlier today 4.23.09

If you don’t want to watch/listen in to the full testimony, link directly above, at least watch/listen in to the opening statements, or read them from the links below {PDF}:

Senator Kerry’s Opening Statement

Senator Lugar’s Opening Statement

   Witnesses Opening Statements:

Andrew Bacevich

  Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)

  Professor of International Relations and History

  Boston University

  Boston, MA

Genevieve Chase

  Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Reserve

  Recipient of the Purple Heart

  American Women Veterans

  Alexandria, VA

Christopher McGurk

  Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army (Ret.)

  Recipient of Combat Infantryman’s Badge,

  two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart

  New York, NY

Westley Moore

  Captain, U.S. Army (Ret.)

  Washington DC

Rick Reyes

  Corporal, U.S. Marines (Ret.)

  Los Angeles, CA

Feingold Questions Cpl. Rick Reyes on Afghanistan

Rick was born May 3rd, 1980, and grew up in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles. Reyes joined the Marine Corps in 2000, and signed up to be an Infantry Rifle Man in the Marine Corps while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. I support his testimony, will you?

1 comment

    • jimstaro on April 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

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