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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Friday, November 12, 2010

    Veterans Day Message: Michelle Obama and VoteVets.org

    Here is Michelle Obama's Veterans Day Message:

    Veterans Day provides us with the chance to mark the debt of honor we owe to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States. We remember those who gave their lives beneath our flag, in service of our freedom.

    And with so many still fighting, we owe special thanks to the courageous families of those who serve.

    Because when our servicemen and women deploy overseas, their loved ones are left to undertake heroic battles of their own at home. The unique challenges they face in support of men and women in uniform allow us all to enjoy the freedoms of our democracy.

    Every time I have a chance to meet with these families, I'm struck by their strength and their quiet dignity -- they are truly some of the most selfless, courageous people I've met.

    And today is also a day to acknowledge the sacrifices these brave men and women make every day, and pray for the safe return of those they love.

    I've felt their calling personally, and I want to encourage Americans across the country to step up and do more for our military families. Take the time to stay informed about the concerns and activities of the families of service members in your community. Let them know you recognize their struggles and appreciate all they do.

    You can help by finding out the needs of the military families in your community and volunteering, from working with your local school's PTA to hiring a military spouse.

    Today and every day, I am moved by the personal sacrifices made by service families. And I'm humbled by the patriotism of those they support -- our soldiers and airmen, our sailors and Marines.

    Today, if you can, please take a moment to offer your gratitude for the families of the veterans and active service members that you know. Or go online to serve.gov to find out how you can serve military families in your area.



    I will add that in the last 6 years or so Veterans have been forming strong alliances with the Democratic Party. This year in Pennsylvania alone 6 Veterans ran for office in Pennsylvania as Democrats. Sadly, right wing Republicans defeated most of them, but the alliance continues.

    A strong part of this Veteran/Democratic alliance is VoteVets.org. The founder of VoteVets.org, Jon Soltz, is even now is redeploying to Iraq. Join me, in honor of Veterans Day, in donating to VoteVets.org, an organization that advocates for Veterans while advocating for Peace.


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