My son, U.S. Marine William Johns, has served three tours of duty in Iraq, and stands ready to be deployed for a possible fourth tour and you know what -- I couldn't be more proud of him.
We've heard time and again from those in our nation who choose to root for defeat and surrender to Islamic jihadists in Iraq. You've heard their refrain, "if you believe in this war so much, why don't you go enlist and serve."
Well my son is serving, and yet that doesn't stop them from attacking the pro-troop efforts I've been involved in for the past several years. They haven't offered William or his brothers and sisters in the military any support or once praised them for stepping up and fighting for a nation they love and respect.
But that's OK, my fellow Americans, it really is.
My son along with hundreds of thousands of other sons and daughters are fighting to ensure that we all have the right to freely express our views, including those who call for surrender to jihadists in this war. But our troops are also fighting for the rights of those of us who stand behind them to have our voices heard as well.
It's long past time for those of us who support our troops and their missions to speak up and take action to make sure our troops have our unwavering support and backing.
I've been asked to serve as one of the spokespersons for Move America Forward's upcoming "Fight for Victory Tour," a patriotic, pro-troop national caravan that takes place September 3rd - 15th.
The timing couldn't be more critical, with General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops serving in Iraq, required to report to Congress by September 15th on the progress of "the surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq.
General Petraeus and our troops in Iraq are going to need our support in a big way.
Move America Forward will be putting on 27 pro-troop rallies in cities along the "Fight for Victory Tour" caravan route. At each pro-troop rally we'll also collect cards and letters of support for our wounded warriors and deliver them to our recovering troops at Walter Reed Medical Center at the completion of the national pro-troop caravan.
So my question to you is this: will you stand up for our troops and be counted? Will you please drive along part or all of the caravan route with us in your own vehicle? Will you turn out for one of our pro-troop rallies along the way?
I know it's a lot to ask. But everyday the men and women of the U.S. military, and the veterans and fallen heroes before them, have answered the call and engaged in much more arduous tasks.
I will give up 2 weeks away from my family to go on the road and salute our troops and support them here on the home front.
What I ask of you is that I not be alone in this effort.
You can find complete information on the upcoming "Fight for Victory Tour" at the Move America Forward website: www.MoveAmericaForward.org
- Deborah Johns
Director of Military Relations, Move America Forward