Dear Congressman Salazar,
On Memorial Day, a special combined meeting of American Legion Post 44 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 was held in Steamboat Springs. A motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously that we ask you to seek the resignation, removal or impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The Steamboat Springs posts seek this action in response to the Department of Homeland Security report released April 7, 2009. The report was titled "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." The members of the posts find it most upsetting that the report focuses on unsubstantiated statements that veterans and returning veterans have the potential to emerge as terrorist groups.
Between our organization, we have 192 members or former members of the armed forces of the United States. More than 1,700 veterans live in Routt County. Many of us have sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and close friends who are serving or have served. We are proud of our service and the service of those we know. We are appalled that the secretary of Homeland Security sees veterans as citizens not to be honored for their service, but to be treated as threats.
Many of us are old enough to remember how this country treated war fighters returning from Vietnam. We will never forget. Now, one of our highest public officials, a person presumably in direct line of succession to the office of president, has given voice to a mean-spirited and unfounded negative view of the men and women who are now serving or who have served in the armed forces. It is repugnant to us that she is responsible for the security of the homeland all of us have sworn to - and many of us have fought - to defend.
Commander of American Legion Post 44
Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264