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Group Garnered Over 8000 Veterans and Military Families in Support of Hagel

WASHINGTON, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America,, today cheered the pick of Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense.  The group previously launched a petition in support of Hagel, which gained over 13,000 sigatures, including over 8000 Veterans and Military Families.

In a statement, Chairman and Iraq War Veteran Jon Soltz said:

“Senator Hagel is a tremendous pick for Secretary of Defense, who I know very well, and I have little doubt that he will serve President Obama with distinction – both as a voice of reason within the administration, and as a faithful advocate for carrying out the policies of the Commander in Chief.  When it is all said and done, we will be talking about him as one of the finest Secretaries of Defense we’ve ever had.

Chuck Hagel brings three key things to this post.  First, and foremost, as an enlisted soldier, who fought in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart twice, Chuck Hagel’s heart is still with the fighting men and women in uniform.  He deeply understands what our warriors go through, when deployed.  And so, when it comes to military action, Chuck Hagel will ask two questions:  Is this good for American security, and is this good for our troops?  That is something that is desperately needed.

Second, when it comes to American security, Chuck Hagel bravely broke with his party and his party’s President, to stand up against the war in Iraq, which will go down in history as one of our most misguided military ventures.  Chuck Hagel has no fear when it comes to standing up to neoconservatives, and their preemptive war, nation building dreams.  As a Republican, he adds a very crucial dose of credibility when he speaks out against wrongheaded military action.

Third, and equally as important, Chuck Hagel is a vociferous advocate for cutting Pentagon waste - from outdated weapons to our over-bloated nuclear arsenal, both of which eat up billions and billions of dollars.  In these tough economic times, Chuck Hagel will have no problem identifying waste at the Department of Defense, and cutting it.  Those savings will both help the American economy, and free up resources to ensure that our troops are taken care of, as they deserve.

Along with John Kerry at the State Department, service men and women will have a real dream team – secretaries who served in war, were wounded, and performed heroically.  President Obama is to be commended for standing up for our men and women in uniform, and putting the very best people for the job at the Departments of Defense and State.”


Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.