Support Iraq war veterans running for Congress

Tammy Duckworth lost her legs when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down over Iraq. But, she didn’t lose an ounce of her courage or her commitment to serve. She knows that it’s time for veterans to speak up for a stronger America. That’s why Tammy is running for Congress – and her election is right around the corner.She’s seeking the Democratic nomination in the March 21 Illinois primary for the seat being vacated after 32 years by Representative Henry J. Hyde. With your help, Tammy can bring her perspective on Iraq, health care, and other issues to the floor of the Congress. But, you have to act quickly.

Support Iraq war veterans running for Congress

For Tammy and two other Iraq war veterans I will tell you about in a moment, winning won’t be easy. You and I both know how Rove-style Republicans treat veterans who speak the truth. They think that men and women who dare to speak up somehow forfeit their right to be honored for their brave service to America. And they’ve proven time and time again that they won’t hesitate to distort a veteran’s record, to challenge a veteran’s courage, or even to question a veteran’s patriotism.

I know something firsthand about the Swift Boat-style Republican attack ads of the last election – but you don’t have to take my word for it.

Just ask John McCain. Ask Max Cleland. Ask Jack Murtha.

Your gift today in support of our Keeping America’s Promise slate of Iraq war veterans can send a powerful message.

The other two Iraq war veterans I want you to know about are running in tight congressional races in the pivotal state of Pennsylvania. Patrick Murphy, the working-class son of a police officer, has been deployed twice to serve our nation since 9/11 – first to Bosnia, then to Baghdad.

He was a professor at West Point, teaching constitutional law, and we could use his fine intellect and principled character at work in Washington. But, first we have to help him defeat Republican Mike Fitzpatrick, who has been a rubber stamp for George W. Bush and a devoted follower of Tom DeLay.

Joe Sestak has served America in the White House and on the battlefield. He worked for President Clinton as Director of Defense Policy. And, as a Vice Admiral, he led an Aircraft Carrier Battle Group of 30 ships and 15,000 men and women in combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Joe wants to bring the accountability he learned in the military to Congress where it is sorely lacking. You can help him do it by acting right now.

Support Iraq war veterans running for Congress

Tammy Duckworth, Patrick Murphy and Joe Sestak are three brave veterans ready, willing and able to lead America in a new direction if they can count on help from people like you. Tell them that we’ve got their back.

I will do everything I possibly can to make sure they win – and I’m hoping you will do the same.

Help one of these brave veterans today. Or better still help all three. This isn’t just about winning elections – as critical as that is. It’s about standing up for people who have stood up for us.

And it’s about making sure women and men like Tammy, Patrick and Joe know that we’ll never forget what they’ve done for us – and never let them come under attack for daring to speak their mind.

I will leave no stone unturned in helping them win. I know you’ll do the same.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

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