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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Announcing the National Heroes Tour!

Vets for Freedom Members,

Vets for Freedom is proud to announce the National Heroes Tour, a coast-to-coast bus tour aimed at honoring America's veterans, active troops and their families.

The bus tour kicks off in San Diego on March 14 and will include 22 stops in 16 states over three weeks, culminating on the steps of Capitol Hill on April 8th, for another "Vets on the Hill" event. The tour will bring together veterans from across the country to tell their stories and highlight their sacrifices, as well as rally support for successfully completing the missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

CLICK HERE to see when the tour will be coming through your state, and to view updates of exact times and locations of tour events!

In addition to the local heroes we pick up along the way, here are a few of the heroes that will be featured on the tour:

David Bellavia-recipient of the Silver Star, and nominee for the Medal of Honor and author of House to House (a memoir about house-to-house combat in Iraq).

Marcus Luttrell-recipient of the Navy Cross and sole survivor of a mission in which four Navy SEALS were sent into a Taliban stronghold on the Afghan-Pakistan border; Luttrell was badly injured yet managed to escape enemy capture and later author the New York Times best-selling book Lone Survivor.

Marco Martinez-recipient of the Navy Cross for heroic action on the battlefield in Iraq and author of Hard Corps, Martinez was involved in gang activity in Los Angeles and joined the Marine Corps to straighten out his life.

Steve Russell-recipient of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device for his actions in Iraq; Lieutenant Colonel Russell led the battalion responsible for the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Jeremiah Workman-recipeient of the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in Fallujah; Corporal Workman's actions, under fire and while injured, led to the death of over 24 enemy insurgents and saved fellow Marines from being ambushed.

The veterans on the National Heroes Tour represent the courage, conviction, and commitment of our men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

These highly decorated veterans-as well as local heroes-will tell their personal stories directly to the American public through local media, rallies, speeches, debates, and personal meetings.

What Can I Do To Support the Tour?

Donate. Our goal is to raise $25,000 this week for the Tour. Would you consider a $100 donation today? Renting a bus and driving across the country is an expensive undertaking, and your donation will go directly to supporting the Tour. Click here to help ensure that our message is heard all across America!

Support the Tour. Contact your State Captain and volunteer to help make our stop in your state-or neighboring state-as effective as possible. If you don't know your State Captain, send an email to info@vetsforfreedom.org with any ideas or contacts.

Spread the Word. Contact the local media and local leaders in your area and tell them about the Tour. For specific media inquiries regarding the tour, direct them to Judy Mayka, Vets for Freedom Press Secretary at judy@vetsforfreedom.org

Telling the stories of our heroes and galvanizing support for success is the goal of the tour, we hope to see you soon...in your neck of the woods.

Move Out and Draw Fire!

Pete Hegseth
Executive Director