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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Support Needed for the Lane Evans Act

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America email blast:

Dear IAVA Supporter,

A few days ago, we told you about the 2007 IAVA Legislative Agenda, which gives Congress 31 actions they can take to really support troops and veterans. Now, we need your help to make it work.

Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Barack Obama (D-IL) have introduced S117, the Lane Evans Act, which would address one of IAVA's Legislative Priorities: establishing mandatory mental health screenings for all returning combat veterans. This bill would ensure ALL our troops get the counseling they need when they return home from war. The Lane Evans Act has bipartisan support -- but to get it moving, you need to let your legislators in Washington know that you stand behind it.

It only takes five minutes to make a difference for our veterans. Call your two Senators and your Representative today, and urge them to support the Lane Evans Act. Click here to get your legislators' phone numbers.

Click on 'Article Link' below tags for telephone script and more...

Continuing from IAVA's email:

Sample Script for Calling Your Representatives

"Good Morning/Evening.

My name is (Your Name) and I am calling from (City). I encourage (Name of your Senator/Representative) to stand with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, by passing S. 117 - the Lane Evans Veterans Healthcare & Benefits Improvement Act.

I believe that every returning soldier needs and deserves access to mandatory mental health counseling.

Thank you and have a good day."

Send a loud and clear message to Congress - tell your representatives you want them to stand with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Pass this on to three friends, and tell them to do the same. We're not relying on big-money TV ads or lobbyists - we're relying on you, our friends and supporters, to help create real change in Washington.

Thank you for standing with us.

Patrick Campbell
Veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom
Legislative Director
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

P.S. This week, IAVA is bringing a delegation of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to DC to meet with the legislators who can create real change in Washington. We're going to be blogging from the road every day during our trip. Check for details.

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