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Petitioning Chief of Staff to Patty Murray Jeff Bjornstad and 7 others

Congress: Rescind Insulting Document Against Veterans and Apologize

In a recent -- and rare -- joint letter, Senators Murray and Burr, and Representatives Miller and Filner, insulted and disgraced those that have served the United States.

In this letter they -- who are tasked with protecting the benefits earned by America's military men and women -- stated that they are open to any cuts to veteran benefits.

Additionally, the letter stated that they "...believe no constituency better understands the challenge America faces, and no constituency is better suited to, again, lead by example by putting country first..." and accept cuts in their benefits.

As Chair of the Congressional "Super Committee," Sen. Murray has unprecedented influence to cut such funding without having to answer for it, and both House and Senate Veteran Affairs Committees positioned America's veterans as deserving to be victims of such cuts.

Veterans already face higher rates of unemployment and homelessness than the average American, and struggle to reintegrate into society after so many years of war. Thousands of these men and women have come back with significant injuries, while also remembering those comrades of theirs that did not make it back.

More than an error in judgment, they have shown callousness, and demonstrated just how disconnected they are from America and the brave people that have served.

Fewer than 1% have served in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. More than 11,000 of these veterans were homeless in 2009 (and thousands more veterans of earlier wars). 84% of veterans feel that America does not understand the problems that they face, and this panel of Senators and Representatives prove just that.

Tell these elected officials to rescind the letter, now!

Letter to
Chief of Staff to Patty Murray Jeff Bjornstad
Chief of Staff to Bob Filner Dan Mcfaul
Chief of Staff to Richard Burr Chris Joyner
and 5 others
Chief of Staff to Jeff Miller Tony Buckles
Representative Juan Vargas
Representative Jeff Miller
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Patty Murray
A recent, and rare, joint letter signed by Senators Murray and Burr, and Representatives Miller and Filner, is insulting and disgraceful.

In this letter you -- who are tasked with protecting the benefits earned by America's military men and women -- stated that you are open to any cuts to veteran benefits.

Additionally, you stated that you "...believe no constituency better understands the challenge America faces, and no constituency is better suited to, again, lead by example by putting country first..." and accepting your cuts in their benefits.

Veterans already face higher rates of unemployment and homelessness than the average American, and struggle to reintegrate into society after so many years of war. Thousands of these men and women have come back with significant injuries, while also remembering those comrades of theirs that did not make it back.

You have shown more than an error in judgment. You have shown callousness, and demonstrated just how disconnected you are from America and the brave people that have served.

I urge you to do the right thing: rescind the letter, and renew your duties to those that have given so much.

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In the name of those that have served America,