Massachusetts Pledges Full Support to Troops
State House and Senate adopt resolutions for the record
Mon December 3rd, 2007
|Rep. Elizabeth Poirier
BOSTON – Massachusetts lawmakers declared Thursday that the state of Massachusetts "will not abandon the troops while they serve in the field" in a resolution passed in the state assembly. Following the lead in several other states, and with the assistance of an organization called Vets for Victory, State Representative Elizabeth Poirier (R) N. Attleboro, and State Senator Steve Brewer (D) Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin, successfully adopted the resolutions in a bi-partisan effort that declare full support to the troops. Massachusetts is now the fourth state to adopt the troop resolution, according to Steve Russell, Chairman of Vets for Victory.
Lawmakers adopted identical resolutions in both the House and the Senate. In addition to acknowledging and praising the sacrifices Massachusetts troops have made for the nation, the resolutions state that Massachusetts will be "on record that we will not abandon our service men and women in this time of war and pledges full support to them."
"Vets for Victory would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and especially Representative Poirer for her tireless efforts in getting this resolution before the legislature," declared Russell. "It is the type of support that our soldiers need to hear, especially given their great successes this year."
Massachusetts Lawmakers sign on to not Abandon Troops
Joint resolution up for vote soon
Fri November 9th, 2007
||Sen. Steve Brewer
BOSTON – As Veteran's Day approaches, Massachusetts lawmakers have crafted a strong show of support to soldiers currently serving abroad. State Representative Elizabeth Poirier (R) N. Attleboro has called upon her peers to show bi-partisan support to the troops by signing on to "an effort to show our troops that we do in fact support them and their mission." Her work has drawn the attention and support of her peers. State Senator and Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Brewer (D) Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin, and State Representative Anthony Verga (D) Essex were the first to join her as co-sponsors of the resolution.
"We were very excited to hear the news," said retired Lt. Col. Steve Russell, chairman of Vets for Victory, an organization that advocates for the soldier in the national debate about the war. "Representatives Poirier and Verga, and Senator Brewer have clearly shown what is possible when lawmakers put our troops ahead of their political differences."
The resolution now has seventeen bipartisan sponsors according to Elaine Hyland from Rep. Poirier's office. The sign on period will continue through next week with a vote expected while all members are in session.
Massachusetts Challenged not to Abandon Troops
Joint resolution gains traction in General Court
Mon July 30th, 2007
BOSTON – Massachusetts troops may get a boost of support from the state legislature according to Vets for Victory, an organization that has been working resolutions across the country to declare that the troops will not be abandoned. Massachusetts State Representative Elizabeth Poirier (R) N. Attleboro, has drafted a joint resolution that will put such a declaration on the state record. "We are encouraged by her leadership and will continue to support such efforts that stake a position for our troops" said Lt. Col. Steve Russell, founder and chairman of Vets for Victory. Russell gained national noteriety as a leading commander in the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein. "Massachusetts is now leading the way on our current troop resolution efforts."
|Rep. Elizabeth Poirier
"Rep. Poirier greatly appreciates the assistance we have received from Lt. Col. Russell's organization. It is truly an honor to work with him in this effort," said legislative aide Elaine Hyland from the Poirier's office. Representative Poirier serves the ranking member on the Veterans' Affairs committee and has been a staunch advocate of veteran and troop issues. Now she is working to rally fellow legislators in an effort to put the state's support for the troops and their mission on the public record.
That effort is being applauded by Massachusett's Iraq veterans as well. "It's reassuring to know that Americans on the
home front appreciate the sacrifices that we soldiers and our families are making." offered Mike Wagner, an Army officer assigned to post-graduate work at Tufts University. "Legislation declaring support for the troops and our mission could have nothing but a positive impact on the morale of our fellow soldiers." Wagner should know. He served under Russell as an infantry company commander in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit.
Soldiers are not alone. "I'm hoping for the best," said Revere resident Janet Healy-Hendrickson who also heads Vets for Victory Massachusetts. It was Hendrickson that approached the legislators after talking to veterans and concerned citizens about declaring full support to our troops. That support may be heard loud and clear in the coming weeks with the passing of the resolution. "It is not just about words," said Russell. "It is about commitment. Putting Massachusetts' position on the public record will be a strong reminder to keep that commitment."
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Resolution - adopted November 29th, 2007
IN RECOGNITION TO
SUPPORT THE TROOPS AND THEIR MISSION
WHEREAS, ALMOST TWO-MILLION AMERICAN MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN (ACTIVE, GUARD, AND RESERVE), ARE ON DUTY AROUND THE WORLD. MANY OF THEM ARE ENGAGED IN COMBAT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN FIGHTING THE “WAR ON TERROR”; AND
WHEREAS, MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ARE MAKING CONSIDERABLE PERSONAL SACRIFICE INCLUDING LONG SEPARATIONS FROM THEIR FAMILIES; AND
WHEREAS, MANY TROOPS HAVE MADE SUPREME SACRIFICES INCLUDING SERIOUS WOUNDS AND LOSS OF LIFE; AND
WHEREAS, UNITED STATES MILITARY CONTINUES TO PROTECT ALL AMERICANS FROM THOSE WHO ARE AVOWED ENEMIES; AND
RESOLVED, THAT THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS IS ON RECORD THAT WE WILL NOT ABANDON OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS TIME OF WAR AND PLEDGES FULL SUPPORT TO THEM; AND
RESOLVED, THAT THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN IS PROUD OF THE SACRIFICES AND BRAVERY OF OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND EXPRESSES GRATITUDE FOR THEIR HEROIC SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, THAT THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN ACKNOWLEDGES, SUPPORTS AND ABOVE ALL HONORS OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AS THEY CONTINUE TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AS “VETS FOR VICTORY”; AND BE IT FURTHER
RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO “VETS FOR VICTORY”.
PRESENTED BY: _________________________ ________________________________
ELIZABETH A. POIRIER SENATOR STEPHEN M. BREWER
ANTHONY J. VERGA
Lawmakers sponsoring this resolution:
Sen. Scott P. Brown
Sen. Benjamin Downing
Sen. Steven Panagiotakos
Sen. Richard R. Tisei
Sen. Brian A. Joyce
Sen. Thomas McGee
Rep. Bradley H. Jones, Jr.
Rep. Mary S. Rogeness
Rep. Fred “Jay” Barrows
Rep. Daniel K. Webster
Rep. Donald F. Humason, Jr.
Rep. Richard J. Ross
Rep. Todd M. Smola
Rep. Steven D’Amico
Rep. Paul K. Frost
Rep. Michael F. Rush
Rep. Susan W. Gifford
Rep. Jeffrey D. Perry
Rep. Bradford Hill
Rep. Robert P. Spellane
Rep. Geoffrey D. Hall
Rep. John J. Binienda
Rep. Paul McMurtry
Rep. Stephen R. Canessa
Rep. Paul J. Loscocco
Rep. Cleon H. Turner
Rep. Lida E. Harkins
Rep. William G. Greene
Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.
Rep. Charles A. Murphy
Rep. Theodore C. Speliotis
Rep. Joyce A. Spiliotis
Rep. Robert L. Rice, Jr.
Rep. Patrick M. Natale
Rep. Christine E. Canavan
Rep. Stephen DiNatale
Rep. Paul C. Casey
Rep. David L. Flynn
Rep. James R. Miceli
Rep. Stephen P. LeDuc
Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein
Rep. John F. Quinn
Rep. Frank M. Hynes
Rep. Anne Gobi
Rep. Karyn E. Polito
Rep. Thomas P. Kennedy
Rep. Eugene L. O’Flaherty
Rep. Angelo M. Scaccia
Rep. Jennifer M. Callahan