||VFF-PAC Helps Elect 8
Veterans to Congress in 2010
In early 2010, Vets for Freedom PAC launched Operation
10-in-10 with the mission of electing 10 Iraq/Afghanistan/Gulf War
veterans to Congress in 2010.
And on Election Day, we helped send 8 young, pro-victory
candidates to Washington. CLICK HERE to see the
list of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gulf War veterans headed to Congress
to represent our warrior generation.
CLICK HERE to listen
to some of our radio ads for the candidates. And CLICK HERE to
read our endorsement criteria.
VFF Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary
On July 1, 2010 VFF Executive Director Pete Hegseth
testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the
nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.
And, on July 21, 2010 Pete also penned an op-ed in the Wall
Street Journal, entitled "Kagan and the Military: What Really
CLICK HERE to watch
Pete's testimony on C-SPAN. And
CLICK HERE to read Pete's op-ed in the
Wall Street Journal.
Vets on the Hill 2009
In November of 2009, VFF continued a three-year tradition and
brought over 60 Afghanistan and Iraq veterans to Capitol
Hill. The veterans held over 100 meetings on Capitol Hill
with Republicans and Democrats, asking them to support General
McChrystal's strategy and request for Afghanistan. VFF also met
with White House officials in the West Wing.
CLICK HERE to read the Weekly
Standard article by VFF's Tom Cotton, who attended many of the
meetings. The article is a great summary of "Vets on the Hill:
"Truth About the Surge"
Throughout 2008, VFF hit the airwaves with powerful
television ads, calling on Senator Obama and others to "tell the
truth about the Iraq Surge." Progress was happening, but
politicians were slow to admit it. VFF held their
feet to the fire, with over $7.5 million in TV ads.
CLICK HERE to watch the
VFF "Back to Iraq"
In August of 2008, Vets for Freedom sent 8
veterans back to the very streets they once patrolled in Iraq to
assess the results of the Surge. Pete Hegseth, Joel Arends, Shawn
Bryan, Kate Norley, Erik Swabb, Ben Hayden, David Bellavia and
Daniel Bell returned to such places as Fallujah, Baghdad, Baqubah,
Taji, Mosul and Ramadi. At this point, some media outlets, and
certain politicians, still failed to assess the situation
objectively; so Vets for Freedom headed Back to
Iraq to find out the ground truth.
CLICK HERE to see follow their
Vets on the Hill
In April of 2008, for the second year in a row, VFF rallied 450
veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to lobby members of Congress to
continue supporting the surge in Iraq. The event coincided with
General Petraeus' testimony and was the single largest gathering of
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to date.
CLICK HERE to read more
about Vets on the Hill 2008
The National Heroes
For three weeks in March and April of
2008, many of America's most decorated war heroes from Iraq and
Afghanistan packed their bags and are hit the road on a national
bus tour to take their non-partisan message of success in Iraq from
coast-to-coast. The tour covered over 3,000 miles and
resulted in hundreds of media appearances.
Vets on the Hill
On Tuesday September 18, 2007, over 250 Iraq and Afghanistan
veterans - along with Blue and Gold star families - took their
message to Capitol Hill. Veterans from 42 states met with over 60
Senators, and over 100 Representatives. The message was simple:
support General Petraeus and America's mission in Iraq.
Vets for Freedom
In December 2005, a group of friends came together to found Vets
for Freedom, in an effort to tell the American people the ground
truths of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The founders were
decorated combat veterans of these wars, and were frustrated with
the way the media and politicians were portraying these wars to the
American people. The cofounders represented the trigger-pulling
class of today's military and they were not going to stand idly by
as their war was being debated by politicians and pundits who had
little first hand knowledge of the situation on the ground.