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Interim Chairman of VoteVets.org, J. Ashwin Madia, joined the U.S. Marine Corps and moved to Quantico, Virginia for 6 months of basic training, after Law School. He served in Iraq from September 2005 to March 2006. Madia was lead attorney in over one hundred trials, including thirteen jury trials. He is most proud of his work successfully defending a gay Marine from administrative discharge in 2005, when it was clear that commanders were using disparate standards in their treatment of this Marine compared to other Marines. Madia was a long-time Republican, who supported Bob Dole for President in 1996, and Senator John McCain in 2000, before running as a Democrat for Congress in Minnesota in 2008. Madia previously was Vice Chairman of VoteVets.org, before assuming Interim Chairman duties in December 2010 for Jon Soltz, who took a leave of absence for a year, to serve in Iraq as part of "Operation New Dawn."

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Romney Clueless on Veterans

(38) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 10:35 AM

Just before the weekend, Mitt Romney held a Veterans Day event in South Carolina. A nice photo op, for sure. Yet, it wasn't the pictures, but his words, that made news. At this event, ostensibly to show support for veterans, Mitt Romney told them that as President he'd be open...

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GOP Candidates' Ignorant, Dangerous Responses to Iraq

(94) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 2:07 PM

Campaigns are when some crazy things are said -- particularly during primaries. In an effort to one-up opponents and please the party base, candidates will inevitably make some outlandish claims.

However, when it comes to the drawdown in Iraq, the Republican candidates for president have gone from outlandish to...

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Reid Changes the Game on Iraq

(42) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 4:39 PM

For years, many lamented that the U.S. decision to invade Iraq detracted from our focus on Afghanistan and made Operation Enduring Freedom America's forgotten war. Now, with a false declaration that combat operations are over in Iraq, what is now Operation New Dawn has ironically become a forgotten war.

Yet,...

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Time For Troops To Come Home

(64) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 10:23 AM

Today, I sent a letter to President Obama, cosigned by 4,700 Americans, including 1,700 Veterans, calling on him to abide by our Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Iraq, which sets a deadline of the end of this year for US troops to come home from Iraq. But,...

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Reflections on Memorial Day

(106) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 10:57 AM

Andy was one of the best lieutenants in our Marine Corps Basic School class. He was smart, motivated, tough, and decisive. I was lucky to have him as my first roommate -- he helped me any way that he could.

At The Basic School (TBS), Marine Corps lieutenants compete...

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Obama: Fighting a Smarter War on Terror

(387) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 12:04 PM

What is becoming clear, following the killing of Osama bin Laden, is that President Obama is fighting the war on terror in a smarter way than we had been. Two huge developments -- from the use of key intelligence that came from means that didn't include torture, to the president's...

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For Our Troops, Nation, an End of a Chapter

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 9:09 AM

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

So said Winston Churchill, in 1942, but it is a sentiment that rings true today.

The killing of Osama bin Laden is a testament to the...

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Arms to Libya? Bad Idea

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 7:40 AM

Should the United States send arms to the opposition in Libya? It's a question that President Obama won't yet answer, saying it's neither ruled in nor ruled out. At least one of our NATO partners, Turkey, is sounding alarms against the idea.

"Our view at the moment...

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Peter King's Hearings Hurt Our Troops

(41) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 11:35 AM

Quick question - which U.S. President was the first to hold Ramadan itfar dinners at the White House, celebrating the breaking of the fast with Muslims? Hint: That same President visited Mosques more than once during his administration.

Many FOX News viewers may assume that it's President...

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Repealing Health Care Law Would Be Anti-Veteran

(6) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 9:22 AM

On Wednesday, the Majority Leadership in the House will make good on their promise to bring up for a vote a bill that repeals the health care reform law that passed last year. Let me be clear -- a vote for repeal will be a vote to deny many veterans...

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