Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yesterday, Senator Jim Webb (Democrat, Virginia) and Senator Chuck Hagel (Republican, Nebraska) introduced a very important bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 1585). This amendment would require that our men and women who are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere have more time at home between deployments.

Over the past few years, Veterans for America has visited every major demobilization site in the United States. We can say with confidence that inadequate dwell time for our men and women in uniform is compounding the wounds of war.

We have heard from hundreds of service members who have served multiple deployments. These brave men and women report that inadequate dwell time exacerbates their service-connected injuries.

Our current deployment policies amount to abuse. As a result, the United States is facing, among other challenges, a mental health crisis for which our military and country are not prepared.

Fortunately, some military leaders are beginning to admit the magnitude of these problems. The Department of Defense's Mental Health Task Force recently reported that inadequate time between deployments is a major factor contributing to the great rise in mental health problems amongst our service members.

Our country will be dealing with the challenges produced by the poor civilian and military leadership of our military for decades to come. The Webb-Hagel amendment can help reverse this dangerous trend.

Veterans for America strongly supports the Webb-Hagel amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 1585).

As of yesterday, more than thirty Senators (listed below) had agreed to support the Webb-Hagel amendment. If one or both of your Senators have agreed to support the amendment, please thank them by clicking here. http://www.veteransforamerica.org/page/memberhome/action/action/campaignid/34

If they have not, please urge them to do so by clicking here. http://www.veteransforamerica.org/page/memberhome/action/action/campaignid/35

Thank you for helping our men and women in uniform.


Bobby Muller
Veterans for America

Supporters of the Webb-Hagel Amendment:

1. Webb (lead Democratic cosponsor)
2. Reid
3. Hagel (lead Republican cosponsor)
4. Levin
5. Obama
6. Clinton
7. Durbin
8. Tester
9. Byrd
10. McCaskill
11. Kennedy
12. Salazar
13. Kerry
14. Harkin
15. Feinstein
16. Schumer
17. Brown
18. Lincoln
19. Pryor
20. Sanders
21. Murray
22. Klobuchar
23. Boxer
24. Mikulski
25. Cantwell
26. Stabenow
27. Akaka
28. Dodd
29. Biden
30. Landrieu
31. Johnson
32. Wyden

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