Mr. Ferdinand Reinke
1641 International Dr Unit 414
McLean, VA 22102-4831
Dear Mr. Reinke:
Thank you for contacting me about our troops serving in Afghanistan. I appreciate hearing from you.
Over a decade ago, the United States overthrew the Afghan Taliban that was providing a safe haven for Al Qaeda – the terrorist organization that attacked our country on September 11, 2001. Since then, we have decimated core Al Qaeda and its affiliates, and paved the way for the Afghans to establish democratic institutions, take control of their own security, and join us as partners in the fight against extremism. With our main mission in Afghanistan – destroying Al Qaeda – nearly complete, I support bringing our troops home as quickly as we can, consistent with our goal of making sure that instability in Afghanistan poses no danger to American interests.
Throughout my years in public service, I have witnessed first-hand the extraordinary challenges faced by our troops and their families. In 2006, I had the pleasure of visiting members of the Virginia National Guard stationed in Afghanistan who faced tremendous threats to their personal safety as they fought for their country. Throughout our Commonwealth, I have talked with military families who have endured the pain of lengthy separation from their loved ones when they are deployed overseas.
When I was Governor of Virginia, I signed the Military Relief Act to assist military families that encountered urgent needs for basic living expenses. In addition, I signed the 5-Star Statement of Support to confirm that we would assist state employees who served in the Virginia National Guard and Reserve.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, I will continue to be a strong advocate for our troops who serve abroad – before they deploy and after they return home. We must support their well-being to show our gratitude for the incredible sacrifices they endure for us all.
Thank you once again for contacting me.
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For the record, all i said was: “bring them home NOW!”!!!!!
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