[This is for Schrambo, Cooter, Mikey, Andy, Erik, Shawn, Dup, Kylan, Jason, Sean, Eric, Chance, Mike and many other friends we've lost...]
“I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free.” – Military Code of Conduct
The statement above is from the military code of conduct and has been repeated by every veteran since President Eisenhower installed it into our culture.
A month ago, bloggers like Pat Dollard and others like This Ain't Hell have remarked at the partisan nature of veteran organizations. Many of you have express frustration with the current set that attempt to represent veteran issues but seem to have ulterior motives - painting veterans as victims is an easy way to raise money and get media attention.
But what does that do the public's perception of us?
You all know the answer to that.
And you all know how BlackFive was started. I never wanted to be in this position. I was angry that my friends' sacrifices were going un-noticed and just had to do something, anything. If you can't pick up a rifle, then, then I feel you must do something to help.
On Memorial Day, six years ago, my friend gave his life to save a convoy of soldiers and two journalists. It is fitting that, this week before Memorial Day, we are talking about protecting his legacy.
A few months ago, I was talking with David Bellavia about this very issue. We talked about how the administration tried to make veterans pay for their own health care, how the DHS memos painted all veterans as right wing extremists and potential terrorists, and how there was no one, aside from the American Legion, really working to defend veterans.
So, a few of us decided to start our own foundation - non-partisan - to work with both sides of the aisle to solve veterans issues. We decided that we need to include every generation, every branch of service, in order to stand firm, back to back, and defend our family.
The Warrior Legacy Foundation is born.
And our tag-line is something that has been sworn to by every veteran since 1955. We thought that the end of the Military Code of Conduct best described what we were and what we were to do..."I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free.”
The Warrior Legacy Foundation is a non-partisan organization that is committed to the protection and promotion of the reputation and dignity of America’s Warriors.
Across every generation, at war and at peace, America has asked her citizens to protect liberty and defend freedom at all costs. No matter the terrain or political climate, America’s Warriors have met every challenge and made every sacrifice that was asked of them in order to defeat our enemies and protect our way of life. The Warrior Legacy Foundation is a passionate advocate for the preservation and elevation of the hallowed legacy of the American Warrior Class.
Join us and stand firm in defense of the heritage of those brave souls who have preserved and protected our sovereignty throughout our great nation’s history.
They have asked for nothing and have given us everything.
Please help us protect and promote the legacy of the defenders of Democracy. You can assist us by:
1. Signing up as a member. If you are a non-veteran, we need you too!
2. Contributing. Of course, you can donate to the organization (THANK YOU!) or you can volunteer to help us organize grassroots movements around the country (options available during registration). We are currently organized along national regions.
3. Telling your friends about WLF. After joining us you can refer your friends.