Saturday, March 20, 2010

SLDN holds 18th Annual Dinner, "Freedom to Serve", in Washington tonight

Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network held its “Freedom to Serve” 18th Annual Dinner tonight, March 20, at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.

The evening’s honoree with the Barry Winchell Courage Award is Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a 19 year combat veteran of the USAF.

The keynote speaker, closing the evening, was Congressman Patrick J. Murphy, who was the lead in introducing HR 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009. Murphy is the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress. He has also taught as an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of SLDN, spoke about the progress within the Senate Armed Services Committee, and that Lieberman’s bill could be voted out in May if there are enough votes. Supporters of overturning the ban will have to work hard to ensure the votes in both houses of Congress. There will be no “deem and pass.”

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