“Support General Petraeus and the troops,” was the simple message delivered by Vets for Freedom (VFF) on Tuesday 18 August in the nation’s capitol. Over 250 VFF members visited lawmakers to get that message heard, and Texas was well represented.

State Chairman, Knox Nunnally, a Marine Corps Iraq veteran and law student from Bellville, Texas lead 13 other Texas vets, offering our personal stories and experiences in support of General Petraeus, the Surge and our mission.

The day kicked off with breakfast on the South Lawn of the White House, where VFF, Families United, and members of the American Legion and VFW heard President Bush speak and met other officials such as First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Chenney, Secretary of State Rice, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs GEN Cartwright (USMC). Then it was off to the offices of the House members and Senators to personally deliver our messages of thanks to supporters and persuasion those who have not yet heard our perspective.

Central Texas Vice Captain, James Crabtree, of Pfluggerville, Texas, with experience in Al-Anbar and Haditha said, “Our meetings with various members of Congress were very positive. We helped them to better understand the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from troops that have actually served there. Almost to a member they told us how refreshing it was to hear from those that have served.” He also summed up the purpose of the VFF, “Rep. (Brian) Baird (D-WA), Rep. (Jim) Marshall (D-GA), and Sen. (Joseph) Lieberman (I-CT) demonstrate that victory in this war is not a partisan issue. They have shown political courage to stand with the men and women of our Armed Forces and put total faith in their ability to win. We need more elected leaders like them that realize we must be united against the forces of defeat and surrender.”

Vets for Freedom is leading the way supporting troops and the mission, and Texas is in the forefront of that effort.

Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans and is the leading voice representing troops and veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The VFF website is


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