IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

August 20, 2003

No. 03-34

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Mokie Porter

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VVA EXPRESSES SADNESS, CAUTION FOLLOWING
UN BOMBING IN BAGHDAD


(Washington, D.C.) – “This is a tragedy that points out the constant danger faced by US troops in Iraq,” said Vietnam Veterans of America national President Thomas H. Corey today. 

Corey was commenting on the reports of a suicide truck-bomb that exploded outside the UN Headquarters in Baghdad today, killing UN Special Envoy Sergio Vieira DeMello and at least 17 others and wounding dozens of UN workers. 

“We extend our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who were killed and injured in this terrorist action,” said Corey. “This incident again points out the threat of imminent danger faced by our men and women in uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan, and wherever they are deployed around the world.”

“Today’s bombing should provide sufficient evidence to the Bush administration that a potent threat to the safety of our men and women in uniform continues,” Corey said in reference to reports last week that the Bush administration had asked congress to allow increases in Imminent Danger Pay, and the Family Separation Allowance authorized in April 2003 to end on September 30.

“Just wearing the uniform of the US military places our troops in imminent danger, and that fact needs to be acknowledged, in word and deed,” said Corey.

“We know our military commanders on the ground will exercise caution and reinforce their positions in an effort to safeguard our troops. None of us want to see a repeat of the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 243 sailors and marines 20 years ago this October.” 

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