What a terribly sad commentary of this state of this country when military members feel the need to petition the United States Congress for support and funding in a mission they voted on...
"...Senators Lindsey Graham and Saxby Chambliss, and Congressmen John Boehner, Roy Blunt, and Eric Cantor will accept a petition from U.S. servicemen — the majority of whom are serving or have served in Iraq — urging Congress to both support their mission in Iraq and end the calls for retreat.
The petition, Appeal for Courage, currently has nearly 2,800 signatures (they began gathering signatures in mid-February 2007). Its opposition, Appeal for Redress, currently has over 1,900 signatures (they began gathering signatures in October 2006).
Appeal for Courage's petition will be presented to Congress tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) executive director Bob Wallace at VFW headquarters in D.C. — 200 Maryland Avenue, NE, next to the Hart Senate Office Building.
Wallace will present the petition on behalf of Appeal for Courage's organizers, who incidentally are serving in Iraq." (source)
The petition states:
"As an American currently serving my nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to fully support our mission in Iraq and halt any calls for retreat. I also respectfully urge my political leaders to actively oppose media efforts which embolden my enemy while demoralizing American support at home. The War in Iraq is a necessary and just effort to bring freedom to the Middle East and protect America from further attack."
Read the petition/Sign the "Appeal for Courage if you are active duty, reservist or national guard.