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Students for Victory in Iraq depends on you, our members, to actively participate in the ongoing campaign to prevent an unwarranted withdrawal and defeat in Iraq. Together, we collectively take action to achieve our three objectives.

I. Encourage the Administration & Congress to support the mission in Iraq

II. Educate the public about the importance of victory

III. Support members of the military, their families, and those of our allies

Below you will find the latest action items for each of these three objectives.

Sign and Deliver a Petition in Support of the Surge to Your U.S. Representative’s Local Office

During the week of September 10th, US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander General David Petraeus are scheduled to testify in front of committees of the U.S. House and Senate. They will give both bodies their testimony regarding the progress made since the new counterinsurgency strategy was implemented in January as part of the ‘surge’. Following their appearances before Congress, lawmakers are expected to once again bring up withdrawal legislation sometime during the week of September 17th.

On September 17th, and 18th, large numbers of pro-victory veterans and citizens will be in our nation’s capital speaking to elected officials about the necessity of victory and the severe consequences of defeat. We can take part in this push in our own way on college campuses. Here’s what you can do, either through your school’s Students for Victory in Iraq chapter or as an individual student:

  • Download and print copies of our support petition from http://students4victory.tripod.com/toolbox.html.
  • Contact pro-victory groups at your school and collect as many signatures as possible from students who support the mission in Iraq
  • Find the address of your US Representative’s local office by using the search feature at http://www.house.gov/writerep/.
  • On September 17th, gather together as many pro-victory students as possible and personally deliver your stack of petitions to your US Representative’s local office.

As we work to amplify the voices for victory at congressional offices around the country, we assist pro-victory veterans in their efforts to overcome the forces of defeat in Washington, DC. Together we can make an impact and allow General Petraeus and our troops to continue their successes in Iraq.

Iraq Wiki Truth Project

Wikipedia is becoming an increasingly influential and trusted source for information, and unfortunately, much of its content on the counterinsurgency mission in Iraq is skewed, missing vital information, or is incorrect. As informed, tech-savvy citizens, we have a responsibility to do our best to ensure that the information provided on Wikipedia is accurate, whole, and has a truly neutral point of view.

Students for Victory in Iraq is launching the Iraq Wiki Truth Project to address these problems on Wikipedia and improve the quality of the information that the encyclopedia site provides to its users. Participants in the project will adopt or create a page about an Iraq-related subject, update and maintain the page according to Wikipedia's standards, and make sure that there is a neutral point of view, and that information on military actions, reconciliation, and success in Iraq is not overshadowed by cherry-picked stories and defeatist propaganda. If you wish to participate, please visit the Iraq Wiki Truth Project's page here.

A Hero's Welcome

Sharon Hyland of Pottstown, Pennsylvania very recently founded an organization called A Hero's Welcome. This group organizes and encourages Americans to welcome home our military personnel coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a way that recognizes them as the heroes that they are.

So far, A Hero's Welcome has welcomed two soldiers back in the Philadelphia area, and plans to welcome another home on October 19th. The organization has obtained local sponsorships to provide these hometown heroes with free dinners out, haircuts, home remodeling services, and other items, and is continually seeking more sponsorships. A Hero's Welcome is working to not only improve the home leave experience for our servicemen and women, but demonstrate the gratitude of Americans for our troops' sacrifices to protect our liberties.

A Hero's Welcome currently operates in the Philadelphia area only, but is working with active citizens to start the program in towns across the country. This organization is doing fantastic work, and we definitely should be doing what we can to help, either by getting involved in Philadelphia or helping to start up this program nationwide. Visit their website here or their Facebook group here to get involved.

 

   
 
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