VETERANS FOR AMERICA
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.
Veterans for America
Supporters of the Webb-Hagel Amendment:
1. Webb (lead Democratic cosponsor)
3. Hagel (lead Republican cosponsor)
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