(Washington, D.C.) – "Too many Americans take our freedoms for granted,"
said Thomas H. Corey, Vietnam Veterans of America national President. "In
this election year, with so much at stake, we want to remind our fellow
citizens that they - that we - really do have an obligation to fulfill."
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) has launched its 2004 Vote for America!
Campaign in Iowa. The dual purpose of this initiative is to remind that the
freedoms we enjoy have been paid for by the blood and sweat of generations
of American veterans; and that Americans can fulfill an obligation to those
who have served – and those who are serving now - by voting in caucuses,
primaries, and general elections.
A 30-second public service announcement,
http://www.vva.org/media1/gotv-iowa.mp3, has been distributed to scores
of radio stations in Iowa. The simple yet distinct message, "Americans serve
in the military to defend our Constitution and to preserve the values we
hold dear: like voting for those who will lead us," challenges the people to
discharge their obligation as citizens.
"Today, with a new generation of Americans in harm's way fighting the war on
terrorism, each of us has an obligation to honor the service of all who
served: by voting,” said Corey. “Vietnam Veterans of America - VVA - urges
you to participate in the caucuses here in Iowa and vote for the candidate
of your choice."
We would hope that the public service announcement we've produced will
receive significant air time in Iowa, where the first ballots in the 2004
presidential election are being cast."