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Response: Legionnaires condemn war protests


Letter submitted by author, Sally Tarasoff (former CPT, US Army)

I understand that the Legion has condemned protests against the war. In reading the press release, I note that protesters are being lumped in with Jane Fonda, and seen basically as traitors. However, your release notes you respect the right to protest.
(Release)

As a Legion member, I am incensed by this condemnation. Obviously, you all have your heads in the sand and think anti-war protesters in 2005 are just like those during the Vietnam war. Nothing could be further from the truth. I guarantee you that my fellow protesters, and those in Crawford as well, support our troops whole-heartedly. In fact, most of these people have done much more than put yellow "support your troops" magnets on their vehicles, they have put their money and efforts where their mouths are. They have sent boxes to the troops, contributed to the USO, written to support increased VA benefits, written to stop funding cuts to the military and military and veterans medical care, contributed to http://anysoldier.com/, visited patients in VA and military hospitals and Fisher Houses, and supported the families that reservists have left behind.

My other concern about your press release is the vow that your organization "will use whatever means necessary to ensure the united support of the American people for our troops and the global war on terrorism." What does that actually mean? It could (and does) sound threatening.

Those of who are protesting this war in Iraq, are not protesting action regarding global terrorism. We do question the invasion of Iraq, the lack of connection of Iraq to the events of 9-11 (although the administration continues to try to make that connection, even after admitting there was no connection) and now, the support for a draft Iraqi constitution that will take rights away from Iraqi women. Did 41 female military personnel die in Iraq, believing they were promoting freedom and democracy, only to have the country turn into an Islamic theocracy that denies women's rights? I think not. These are things worthy of protest.

You, in the American Legion, should be working harder to increase VA benefits, decrease the historic high waiting period for care, get the funding back for prosthetic research that was cut, get funding to cover the daily cost charged in military hospitals and Fisher Houses to ease the burden on our injured troops and their families. You should be urging Congress to cover costs in civilian hospitals for our injured troops, who have to stay far from home in a military hospital if there is not a facility near their homes. After all if "traitorous" anti-war protesters can do this, why can't you?

I now publically renounce my membership in the American Legion.

Sally Tarasoff
(former CPT, US Army)
Boerne, Texas 78006

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As a veteran of the Koran War I am in full support of your letter to the American Legion. I to refuse to join such an orgainzation that supports President Bush and his lies. I am in support of our Troops and always will be. I wonder how many of the members of the American Legion actually were in combat. I wonder how many have had children killed in Iraq. I wonder why they don't read the Downing Street Memo's and pay attention to the CIA leak. I ask them, "What noble cause" is our military fighting for? After all, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush should have gone after Bin Laden but his refusel to do so makes me believe the Bush Family and the Bin Laden family are in cahoots with each other. After all, Prescott Bush was laudering money for the Nazies. The whole Bush family is in question, and should be.

FULL OF REDNECK NARROW MINDED BIGOTED ALCOHOLIC LOSER'S WHO LIKE TO WEAR FUNNY HATS AND CAMO BDU'S! THEY ATTACKED THE VIET NAM VET'S AGAINST THAT WAR AND NOW THEY ATTACK IRAQI VET'S AGAINST THIS WAR! TO STAND UP AND PROCLAIM THAT NO ONE HAS ANY RIGHT TO STAND IN OPPISITION TO THIS WAR (WE'LL SET ASSIDE THE VIET NAM ISSUE) THAT IT'S A DUTY TO SUPPORT THIS PRESIDENT UNCONDITIONLY DEMONSTRATES THEIR COMPLETE LACK OF GRASP OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED UP TO THIS SITUATION IN THE FIRST PLACE. EVER WONDER WHY THEY NEVER SEEM TO GRASP THE FACT'S? IT'S BECAUSE EVERY CHAPTER RUNS A DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT FOR THEIR MEMBERS AND THEY'VE SPENT THEIR LIFETIMES SITTING AROUND THESE BARS CONSUMING EXCESSIVE ACOLHOLIC BEVEREGE'S TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY'VE DESTROYED SO MANY BRAIN CELLS THAT NOW THEIR INCAPIBLE OF LOGICAL THOUGHT. OHH HOW THEY LOVE TO SIT AROUND THEIR BAR TELLING THOSE GREAT WAR STORIES AND BAD MOUTHIN THE GODDAMM HIPPIES! WELL SINCE I ETS'ED IN 1972, I'VE RECEIVED NUMERIOUS INVITATION'S TO JOIN THIS LOSER'S DRINKIN CLUB AND HAVE TO DATE ELECTED TO REFRAIN. YOU SEE, IM A VIET NAM VETERAN AGAINST THAT WAR AND THE IRAQI WAR AND I COULD ONLY BE WELCOME IN THESE ORGANIZATIONAL DRINKIN ESTABLISHMENTS FOR ONLY ONE NIGHT CAUSE ALTHOUGH IM 53 YEARS OLD, IM STILL QUITE CAPIBLE OF KICKIN SOME SERIOUS ASS IN BAR FIGHTS, IF I WAS A BAR FLY THAT IS, WHICH IM NOT.
MY OBSERVATION OF THESE ORDANIZATIONS IS THAT IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PLACE FOR A BUNCH OF LOSER'S TO SIT AROUND AND GET PISSY SLOPPY DRUNK AND TELL WAR LIE'S ABOUT THEMSELVES, NOT ALL BUT ALOT OF THEM FIT THIS CATIGORY. SO, SUBSEQUENTLY, TO THE AMERICAN LEGION AND THE VFW, SIT YOUR SORRY ASSES DOWN AND SHUT THE F__K UP! **HUMPHREY**

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