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As Wars’ Death Toll Passes 5,000, Military Families Urge President Obama to Bring All Our Troops Home Now


5,000 U.S. TROOPS KILLED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

Nationwide – As the nation awaits confirmation from the Pentagon of the 5,000th death of a U.S. service member in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, members of Military Families Speak Out are mourning the dead and calling on President Obama to honor the sacrifices of these service members and their families and honor all of those who serve by acting swiftly to end both wars.

Warren Henthorn of Choctaw, OK, the father of Army Spc. Jeffrey Henthorn who died in Iraq on Feb 8, 2005, says:

“Way too many have died on all sides of these wars. If I remember correctly, President Obama won the Democratic nomination based on the promise to end the war in Iraq. But, between Iraq and Afghanistan, at the end of this year we will actually have more troops in harm’s way then we did at the height of the ‘surge.’ That’s just as bad as we had it under President Bush. These wars now belong to President Obama. The blood is on his hands.”

Henthorn is a member of Gold Star Families Speak Out, a national chapter of Military Families Speak Out whose members’ loved ones died a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jane Bright of West Hills, CA, the mother of Sgt. Evan Aschraft who was killed at the perimeter of an oil refinery in Iraq on July 24, 2003, is also a member of Gold Star Families Speak Out. She says:

"My son was the 249th U.S. service member killed in Iraq – it’s hard to believe that 5,000 of our troops have already died in Iraq and Afghanistan. How many more? We need to bring all our troops home from these wars and we need to take care of our veterans when they return home, giving them the medical and psychological care and treatment they need and deserve.”

Maggie Pondolfino, a member of Military Families Speak Out from Portland, OR has been nervously watching the death toll in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rise as her son awaits a deployment to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army:

“It’s been over a year since my only son returned from a 14 month deployment to Iraq. Over a year since I was immobilized with dread at every unexpected knock on my door and every unfamiliar van parked in front of my house. Daily, I obsessively checked the Department of Defense casualty list. Too many times the names were close to home…someone from our state, or even someone from his platoon,” says Pondolfino. “I imagined the other mothers’ grief and wondered would I be able to endure it? Then I had a year of relative calm. I even celebrated a new administration and momentarily experienced the hope that seemed to engulf the country.

“Now as the nation braces for the news of the confirmation of the 5,000th death of a U.S. service member in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that the administration that briefly gave me new hope prepares to send my son to another war with no clear mission and no exit strategy. And how do I prepare? How do I prepare for another year of going through the motions of living, all the while wondering if he will come home and, if he does, will he have to fight a war within him? As hurtful as it is to say this, if he does not come home, my darling boy with his loving heart and keen intellect will have died for nothing. I know that no good will come from continuing the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, just more heartbreak, sorrow, and tragedy. When will we ever learn?”

Members of Military Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families Speak Out are available for interview.

Military Families Speak Out is a national organization of over 4,000 military families working to bring all U.S. troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and secure the care that our troops, Veterans, and military families need to recover from the impact of those wars on our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Gold Star Families Speak Out is a national chapter of Military Families Speak Out with over 150 families whose loved ones died a result of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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because our Government isn't that interested when it's a REAL matter of life, or Corporate America's financial well being. Our soldiers will lose everytime a decision on life or wealth is decided by the government. That's the way the government has been instructed to act and think.
It's like this folks, soldier So and So, does not provide a profit increase to Corporate America's coffiers, bottom line, he or she are an actual financial liability for the government , who responds ONLY to Corporate America's beckoning.
Only when the American People can fully understand that the good ole boy or girl they elect to send off to Congress, has no real intentions of representing their trust. There's no money on that avenue. Corporate America Avenue is just waiting for these elected men and women to come to Washington. The street of opportunity to gain financial growth. No work involved, just push the right button when the vote counts for Corporate America, and your effort will be financially compensated quickly and effortless. What a deal.

I believe Cindy Sheehan started the tide against George W. Bush which turned into an avalanche of American and worldwide ill will toward this alleged mass murderer of innocence when she made her stand in a ditch outside his ranch in Crawford Texas.

Now that this war criminal is no longer in office he can be charged with murder and conspiracy murder as a regular citizen.

I'm amazed that Cindy has NOT pursued a civil suit against Bush for all the pain and suffering he caused her personally when he LIED about Iraq and got her son Casey murdered in Iraq. She should sue for $400 million in civil damages. Military Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families for Peace can bring class action civil suits as well for each and every soldier who got killed in Iraq because of Bush's big lies.

Former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has indicated that civil suits can and should be brought against the smirking punk.

A civil suit against the chimp by Cindy would generate worldwide attention and Bush would have no where to hide.

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