WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today participated in a press conference hosted by Vets for Freedom alongside Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and over 400 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Inhofe also met with several Oklahoma veterans of the Global War on Terror. The following are excerpts from Senator Inhofe’s speech as prepared for delivery:
“Veterans throughout the history of our armed conflicts, including those who have recently served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have dedicated their lives to the service of our country and deserve the support and gratitude of all Americans. It is an honor to represent these men and women who exemplify the meanings of duty, integrity, selflessness, sacrifice, honor and patriotism.
“Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, children and grandchildren have given their all to ensure a secure and promising future not only for Iraqis and Afghans, but our nation and the world. These heroes will always be in my thoughts and prayers, and generations of Americans owe them a debt of gratitude. These veterans have played an important role in liberating Iraq from a tyrannical leader, eliminating a safe haven for terrorists and their training camps, and helping the Iraqi people create a free and democratic country.”
The “Vets on the Hill” stop in Washington, D.C. is part of the Vets for Freedom’s “National Heroes Tour,” a three-week bus tour across America to rally the American public around success in the Global War on Terror, and coincided with the testimony of General David Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker before the Senate Armed Services Committee. For more information, please visit: www.vetsforfreedom.org.
Senators Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) also participated in the press conference.
Please find attached a picture of Senator Inhofe meeting with Oklahoma members of “Vets for Freedom.”