By Jim Dean | 0 comments
The truth is Ive been feeling this way for a while. Democracy for America is based in Burlington, Vermont, and I have to say that you cant turn the corner here without hearing a story about a National Guardsman who came home injured, rattled by extreme PTSD, without a job, or worst of all, didnt come home at all. Most of these men and women have been on several tours, away from their families, and they come home different people. We appreciate their tremendous sacrifice and we think its our patriotic duty to say when enough is enough. The mastermind of the terrorist attacks who started this war was eliminated. We have spent millions in treasure and untold amounts in the sacrifice of our brave troops. The Arab world is embracing democracy in ways that we never imagined. A majority of Americans are all in agreement that it is time to bring the troops home. Its over. It is time to come home and focus on what we need to do to support our troops here. They are coming home to hard times. Veterans have a higher unemployment rate than the rest of America and thats embarrassing. Our troops are also suffering with higher rates and more extreme forms of PTSD than ever before. The suicide rate is simply unacceptable. Lets get behind them with more than a yellow ribbon. Lets bring them home and treat them like the heroes they are. Thats why DFA supports the The Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act of 2011 which does the following: 1) States that is U.S. policy to begin the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by July 1, 2011. 2) Requires the President's administration submit a plan to Congress, by July 31, 2011, for the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan 3) Requires the plan include a date certain for completion of redeployment. Senators Gillibrand, Brown, Boxer and Durbin are the original co-sponsors of this bill and have been actively whipping up support. More than 100,000 DFA members have signed on as citizen co-sponsors. The President has promised to wrap this up soon and now we need a real plan to make it happen. Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor and call your Senator and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. Ending the war and bringing our troops home is the only responsible thing to do. Lets end it now.
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