UFPJ Action Alert: 2,000+ Dead, Suicides Skyrocketing –These are Not Just Numbers!
Marine Cpl. Taylor J. Baune, of Andover, MN died June 13, 2012. Taylor represents the 2,000 U.S. military fatality in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Taylor Buane, 21, is much more than a number. He is the husband of his high school sweetheart Colleen Buane, 20. They were married three short months before his death. He was on his first tour of duty and his enlistment was up at the end of year. Those who loved Taylor will never again be the same.
Remember too, in the first 155 days of 2012, 154 active duty U.S. troops took their own lives - an increase of 18% over 2011 – the highest rate since 9/11.
Unfortunately the tragic milestone of 2,000 dead and the skyrocketing suicide rate have gone relatively unnoticed by just about everyone.
But these deaths have not gone unnoticed by those serving alongside these fallen warriors and certainly not by their families. These death and suicide statistics represent real people, families in real pain, and they are screaming to be heard.
We must demand accountability from our President, Congress and military. Don’t let our troops, their families, and countless Afghan civilians continue to suffer in this never ending war.
Click here to tell Congress to Listen to Lt. Col. Daniel Davis. The war can end and must end now. Do it today. We all need to be a part of the solution to this problem.
After almost 11 years of war, everyone wants to simply forget about Afghanistan but not Lt. Col. Davis. Davis has stepped up and spoken clearly about the realities on the ground in Afghanistan. In a recent Congressional briefing on May 31st he stated:
How can it be then that with such an unbridgeable gulf between official statements and the large and growing body of work that comes to a very different conclusion, Congress refuses to even ask the questions?
If the vast and diverse body of work I have included here is right, our official policy will not only fail to accomplish our national objectives, it may perversely contribute to its failure. Of greater concern to me personally, however is this: the men and women of our Armed Forces will pay with their lives, their body parts, their flesh and blood, and suffer continued degradation to their emotional and psychological well-being in pursuit of a strategy that will not benefit our country.
With all appropriate respect and honor to this body, I must again ask: how could it be that not one committee or sub-committee chairman or chairwoman in the entire United States Congress finds the matter of sufficient importance that they will take action to ascertain the truth?
Read the full text of Lt. Col. Davis’ statement.
Click here to tell Congress to listen to Lt. Col. Davis. The war can end and must end now. Do it today. We all need to be a part of the solution to this problem.
- UFPJ Afghanistan Working Group
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