Sign a White House Petition on behalf of the National Guard!
The Issue: White House Online Petition - Give the Chief of the National Guard a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Immediate Action Required: Sign and share the White House Petition to give the Chief of the National Guard a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The White House has launched a new petition feature on its website on September 23 called “We the People”, which allows citizens to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues.
The National Guard Association of the United States has created a petition asking President Obama to implement his “Blueprint for Change” and give the National Guard a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Since 2001, the National Guard has answered the call both domestically and overseas. The last ten years of war as well as disasters such as Hurricane Katrina have demonstrated to our country that the National Guard is an indispensable member of our national defense and disaster response forces. Like other military forces, the Guard has been challenged by long-term & multiple deployments to front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet they are not currently represented in the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Becoming a permanent member of the JCS will further enhance the ability of the National Guard to perform both its state and federal missions by ensuring that the Chief of the National Guard Bureau is at the table when important homeland defense and disaster response issues are being addressed.
If this petition gets 5,000 signatures by October 23, 2011, the White House will review it and respond.
You can view and sign the petition here:
We urge every member of the Guard to immediately go online and sign the petition, and then share the link with your family, friends, and neighbors. We need to let the White House know that the Chief of the National Guard Bureau has earned a permanent seat on the JCS.
TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTION:
Visit http://wh.gov/gfW and sign the NGAUS petition. For further information and background visit our web site at www.ngaus.org. Please direct any questions concerning this issue to Kevin McColaugh, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, Army Programs, at 202-454-5899 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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