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Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan consists of a growing number of veterans committed to showing Congress and the public the realities of the war. These vets have been traveling to Washington, D.C., testifying before Congress and meeting with Senators and Representatives. Their message: Rethink U.S. foreign policy to include non-military solutions for the problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Recently, four Afghanistan and Iraq War vets traveled to DC to meet with members of Congress and tell them that this war has to end.
These brave vets were joined by a true Afghan hero: Malalai Joya, a Parliamentarian who has stood up to the warlords for women’s rights and is now standing up for Afghan civilians against this pointless war.
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Veterans to Congress: Rethink Afghanistan
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Brave Afghan Vet Demands
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Rick Reyes's full testimony
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Rick Reyes
Rick Reyes was born May 3rd, 1980. He grew up in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles. Reyes joined the Marine Corps in 2000. He signed up to be an Infantry Rifle Man in the Marine Corps while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He returned from duty early 2004. Upon his return Reyes started his own independent mortgage company. Father of 3 year old Stephanie, today he resides in Los Angeles.
Jake Diliberto
Jake Diliberto was a Marine Cpl. Who served with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and served on security forces for II MEB in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After serving in the Marines Jake has finished his B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University. Jake has finished his M.A. in Theology & Ethics as of 2009 and is pursuing law school for 2010.
Devon Read
Devon Read was a Sergeant in the US Marines before he got out in 2008. He deployed to Iraq for the invasion of 2003 and then to the Horn of Africa in 2006. He believes that our continued occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan do nothing to help our national security and cause damage to our image around the world. He still has a number of friends in the Marines and does not want to see them continue to be put in danger for policies that do nothing to improve or protect American lives.
Justin Thompson
Justin Thompson was a Marine Corps infantryman from Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He started with the Marine Corps in 2004, before being serving two tours in Iraq in 2005 and 2006-2007. Following his service, he obtained a B.S. in Politics from Illinois State University while serving as President of the Illinois State University Veterans Association, and is currently preparing to start his Masters program in International Relations at Syracuse University.
Brock McIntosh
Brock McIntosh is a specialist in the Army National Guard and Military Policeman from Bloomington, Illinois. He has just returned from a twelve month tour in Afghanistan ending in August of this year.
Peter Boraas
Peter Boraas served as a specialist in the U.S. Army Rangers from 2001 to 2005. He went on five combat deployments as an infantryman to the Middle East including the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Peter recognized the futility of continued combat operations in Afghanistan after patrolling the tribal/border regions of the country on his four deployments there.
Matthew Justice
Matthew Justice is a Specialist in the U.S. Army National Guard and has been enlisted since April 29, 2003. In Nov 2008, Justice deployed to Afghanistan and served as part of a Route Clearance Package. His mission included clearing routes of Improvised Explosive Devices and maintaining freedom of movement for coalition forces. Since the deployment, he has returned to the University of Wisconsin Business School to continue his studies in finance.
Justin Hall
Justin Hall is from Eden, North Carolina. He is currently a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force. Hall joined in 2004 immediately after graduating high school. Although enlisted in the Air Force, he was deployed in 2008 to fill an Army position. Just feels that increasing the number of US troops in Afghanistan harms our perception not only in Afghanistan, but abroad. He plans to separate from the military next year and pursue a degree in chemistry.
Nathan Toth
Nathan Toth was a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the US Navy during the initial invasion of Afghanistan and the initial invasion of Iraq while serving onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). During the invasion of Afghanistan Nate's ship served 159 consecutive days at sea, which is the longest post-WWII deployment for a Navy ship. Planes from the USS Roosevelt dropped several million pounds of bombs on Afghanistan during long night-time raids in support of ground forces. Nathan has since come to realize that the mission in Afghanistan is not keeping America safe and is damaging our credibility around the world. Since his discharge in August of 2003, Nathan has received a Computer Science degree from Herzing University in Madison, WI.
Doug Tudor
Doug Tudor is a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, which is an E9, the Navy’s senior enlisted rank. He retired from active duty on February 29, 2008. In his final six years of service, Doug served as the Flag Writer, or personal administrative assistant, for three Commanders, U.S. Central Command – General Tommy Franks, USA; General John Abizaid, USA; and Admiral William Fallon, USN. With these officers, Doug deployed to the combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan over 30 times. While in the service, Doug earned a B.S. in Government and an Executive Juris Doctorate. Doug was the 2008 Democratic nominee for the U.S. House in Florida’s 12th Congressional District. He is currently a candidate for that open seat in 2010. Doug resides in Riverview, Florida, with his wife, Paula, who is an active-duty U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant. They have three children – Hannah, Alec, and Elle.
Stan Moroncini
Stan Moroncini was born and raised in Los Angeles enlisting in the Army in 2000. Originally serving as an Ammunition Specialist he re-classed to Military Police in 2005. He has served in Germany, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and was discharged from active service in November 2008. He currently serves in the Army reserves and is finishing his education with the help of the GI Bill.



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