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Statement on the Peaceful Transfer of Power

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Following the failed insurrection attempt of January 6, 2021, the undersigned organizations, who serve members of our military, veterans, caregivers, and their families, join in condemning this violent attack on our country, our democracy, and our Constitution.  We affirm our commitment to the US Constitution, our free and fair elections, and the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.  

We endorse the statement made by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the joint force, which is made up of about 1.3 million active-duty service members and more than 811,000 National Guardsmen and reservists,

“The violent riot in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process. We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection.”


Our veterans and men and women in uniform each take an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution, which provides for the peaceful transfer of power after an election – as confirmed by the States and courts, and certified by the US Congress.  Members of the National Guard are now activated to protect the results of that election.  We call on our fellow Americans to respect the electoral process, as well as the men and women of the National Guard who will be fulfilling their oaths to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  There must be no further violence.  We, the undersigned, join in opposition to any effort to overthrow our democracy or disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. 

We also call for accountability for those responsible for the seditious acts leading up to and including January 6, 2021. We call upon veterans, members of the military, and each of us who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution to stand firmly in support of democracy and to recommit to the peaceful transfer of power. We ask our political leaders, who have sworn that very same oath, to do the same.    

Signed,

AMVETS
Brighton Marine, Inc
Code of Support Foundation
Easterseals DC MD VA
Elizabeth Dole Foundation 
Esposas Militares Hispanas USA
Final Salute, Inc
Give an Hour
Higher Ground Veterans Advocacy 
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America 
Military Child Education Coalition 
Military Family Advisory Network
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Minority Veterans of America   
Modern Military Association of America   
Ms. Veteran America
Mt. Carmel Veterans Services   
MVAT Foundation 
National Military Spouse Network 
Partners in Promise 
Project Sanctuary   
Psych Armor 
Psych Hub
Reveille Foundation 
Secure Families Initiative   
Student Veterans of America 
Swords to Plowshares  
Team Red, White & Blue 
Team Rubicon
The Independence Fund
The Mission Continues 
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors 
Travis Manion Foundation 
Veterans Community Connection
Veterans Education Successes 
Veterans for Common Sense 
Volunteers of America
wear blue: run to remember 

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