Thursday, July 12, 2007

Vets for Freedom ... Win the War!


The next ten weeks will be absolutely crucial in determining the fate of the Iraq War. Over the summer, Democrats (and some Republicans) on Capitol Hill, pressured by radical anti-war activists, plan to introduce legislation to undermine the mission in Iraq, just as General Petraeus, and his counter-insurgency strategy, are showing real signs of progress.

Despite the great courage and success of our troops in Iraq, many Senate Republicans are wavering in their support for the mission. And in the past two weeks alone, 3 Republican senators have raised the white flag on Iraq. If just a few more defect, the Senate could over-ride a presidential veto and set a deadline for defeat.

Amongst this political noise, in ten weeks General Petraeus will testify before Congress about the situation in Iraq. Vets for Freedom plans to lead the charge to support General Petraeus and stop anti-war radicals and politicians on Capitol Hill from undermining the troops-and their mission-for the sake of short-term political gain.

If you believe America must defeat radical Islamists in Iraq, we need you to get involved with Vets for Freedom's "Ten Weeks to Testimony."

For the next ten weeks, you will receive an email every Monday morning, outlining how you can make a difference during that week. This is a call to duty! The time for action is now!

And if you're not sure if you should get involved, check out what radical anti-war groups are planning. They go so far as to "express solidarity with the resistance movements in [Iraq and Afghanistan]."

This is an outrage, and we mustn't let groups like this -- and their loud voices -- intimidate Congress. There is too much as stake!

What You Can Do This Week!

Week #1: Call 10 Senators
Below is a list of 9 Republican Senators who -- this week -- could end up wavering on their support for the mission in Iraq. Over the course of the week, call all 9 senators -- and call at least one senator from your home state. These senators need to hear from Iraq & Afghanistan veterans, and those who support them, about the need to complete the mission in Iraq and defeat Al Qaeda & Co. When you call, the following 3 points should be emphasized:

1) General Petraeus deserves enough time to implement a winning counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq.

2) Retreat means a failed state in Iraq and a safe haven for Al Qaeda to plan future attacks against America and her allies.

3) Decisions about Iraq should be made by military commanders and generals on the ground --not politicians in Washington, DC.

For more tips and information about what to say when you call, please read the "Call Tips" section at the end of this email.

We have provided a word-for-word script. Here is the list of Republican senators to call:

1) Lamar Alexander, Tennessee: (202) 224-4944
2) Sam Brownback, Kansas: (202) 224-6521
3) Saxby Chambliss, Georgia: (202) 224-3521
4) Norm Coleman, Minnesota: (202) 224-5641
5) Susan Collins, Maine: (202) 224-2523
6) Michael Enzi, Wyoming: (202) 224-3424
7) Jeff Sessions, Alabama: (202) 224-4124
8) Ted Stevens, Alaska: (202) 224-3004
9) John Sununu, New Hampshire: (202) 224-2841
10) John Warner, Virginia: (202) 224-2023
11) Jim Webb, Virginia: (202) 224-4024

When you're done with the calls, just shoot a quick email to and let us know. We will compile the volume of calls and make sure our presence is heard. If you had any particularly interesting exchanges, we'd love to hear about it.

* Remember: 10 calls will take less than 30 minutes. Please do your duty for the country today!

Additional Vets for Freedom Information
1) Visit Vets for Freedom and check out the new website format. We have added the "Freedom Update" to the homepage, which lists daily the Top 5 articles (news and opinion) about the Iraq war. I hope you'll consider making this site your first stop every morning, as we make it our mission to keep you informed.

2) If you are a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan, and would like to get more involved, there will be a number of opportunities to do so in the next few weeks. If we can count you in NOW as a regular participant, send an email to; and if you're not an Iraq or Afghanistan war vet, but would still like to volunteer, send an email to

3) Spread the word! Tell your friends and family about Vets for Freedom and tell them to sign up at

Finally, as of Monday, July 9th, I will be working full-time as the Vets for Freedom Executive Director. If you have any suggestions, do not hesitate to contact me directly. My email is

God bless you -- and this great county.

Regards, Pete Hegseth
Executive Director, Vets for Freedom

Iraq War Veteran Call Tips
When you call the senators, a few important things to remember:

Always be courteous. The person answering the phone is likely a young staffer.
If you are calling a Senator who represents your home state, say "I am from [City, State] and am a member of Vets for Freedom. I recently returned from Iraq [or insert relevant experience] and I respectfully request to speak with Senator [name]."

When they ask to take a message, say "I'm calling to ask Senator [name] not to support a deadline for withdrawal from Iraq. Because [cite three reasons above]... Please pass along this message to the Senator."

If you are calling a Senator who is not from your state, say "I am a veteran of the Iraq War [or insert relevant experience] who served with [insert unit] in [insert location] from [insert dates]. I am a member of Vets for Freedom and I'm calling to ask Senator [name] not to support a deadline for withdrawal from Iraq. Because [cite three reasons above]... Please pass along this message to the Senator."

In the future, we will be asking Vets for Freedom veterans to request personal meeting with Senators and Representative both in their home districts and on Capitol Hill, so make sure you get the relevant contact information from the person you're speaking with so you can follow up.

Vets for Freedom
PO Box 314
Woodstock, VA 22664

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