An Appeal for Redress from the War in IraqWed Oct 25, 2006 18:38An Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq
Many active duty, reserve, and guard service members are concerned about the war in Iraq and support the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The Appeal for Redress provides a way in which individual service members can appeal to their Congressional Representative and US Senators to urge an end to the U.S. military occupation. The Appeal messages will be delivered to members of Congress at the time of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2007.
The wording of the Appeal for Redress is short and simple. It is patriotic and respectful in tone.
As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.
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The Appeal for Redress is sponsored by active duty service members based in the Norfolk area and by a sponsoring committee of veterans and military family members. The Sponsoring committee consists of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Military Families Speak Out.
Members of the military have a legal right to communicate with their member of Congress. To learn more about the rights and restrictions that apply to service members click here.
Attorneys and counselors experienced in military law are available to help service members who need assistance in countering any attempts to suppress this communication with members of Congress.
Several members of Congress have expressed interest in receiving the Appeal for Redress.
Click here to send the Appeal to your elected representatives.
Appeal for Redress
PO Box 53052
Washington, DC 20009-3052
US troops call for Iraq pullout
25 October 2006, (Reuters)
More than 200 men and women from the United States armed services have
joined a protest calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq,
The soldiers said they did not think it was worth their while to be in Iraq
and questioned the use of repeated tours of duty.
The campaign, called the Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq, takes
advantage of defence department rules allowing active duty troops to express
personal opinions to politicians without fear of retaliation.
The appeal posted on the campaign's website at www.appealforredress.org
said: "As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I
respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt
withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq.
"Stay ing in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for US
troops to come home."
The website allows service members to sign the appeal that will be presented
to members of Congress. Organisers said the number of signatories had
climbed from 65 to 219 since the appeal was posted a few days ago and
Wednesday when it was publicly launched.
There are 140,000 US troops in Iraq.
Military service personnel on active duty are restricted in expressing their
personal views , but rules in the Military Whistleblower Protection Act give
them the right to speak to a member of Congress while off duty and out of
uniform, while making it clear that they do not speak for the military.
In a conference call with reporters, a sailor, a marine and a soldier who
had served in the Iraq operation said American troops there have
increasingly had difficulty seeing the purpose of lengthy and repeated tours
of duty since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Their misgivings have intensified this year, they said.
"The real grievances are: Why are we in Iraq if the weapons of mass
destruction are not found, if the links to al-Qaeda are not substantiated,"
Marine Sergeant Liam Madden, who was in Iraq from September 2004 to February
Navy Seaman Jonathan Hutto, the first serviceman to join the campaign, said
a similar appeal during the Vietnam war drew support from more than 250,000
active duty service members in the early 1970s.
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