(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
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.
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.”
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.
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.”