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Largest U.S. veterans group starts 'positive' Iraq letter campaign


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"In an effort to tell the positive stories of daily accomplishments by our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan directly from the perspective of the American soldier," the largest U.S. veterans group says in a release Friday morning, "The American Legion today launched its "Letters to America from the Front."

"America needs to hear the good news first hand from those who are fighting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Legion National Commander Tom Bock in a statement. "It's about time that the American public hears about the positive things our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and coastguardsmen are doing for our country and for the Afghani and Iraqi people."

The Legion, which has 2.7 million members, previously declared war on "public protests" and "media events" against the war.


"The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples," Thomas Cadmus, another national commander, told delegates in August.

Legion delegates voted to use any means necessary to "ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism."

Today's drive to bring messages from Iraq seeks "positive energy."

"The focus that we are looking for in these letters is positive energy," Bock said. "We want to share with America their success stories, acts of kindness to the Iraqi and Afghani people (especially children), camaraderie and most important, their love of God and country."

As a new addition to The American Legion Web site, "Letters to America from the Front" submissions from troops will tell of all the good things happening in Iraq and Afghanistan that are not reported in the media.

Letters can be viewed here.

"I urge all Americans to visit the Web site and see for themselves the

Commander Bock has posted a letter from his son, Adam, currently serving in Iraq. His is the only post on the site.

Originally published on Friday September 30, 2005.


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