Thursday, October 27, 2005

Pelosi Statement on Death of 2,000th Soldier in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on reports this week that the death toll for United States soldiers in Iraq has reached 2,000:

"This week marks a sad milestone for our country. Reports that the 2,000th soldier has been killed in Iraq are a tragedy for our entire country. Certainly it is a tragedy for every family affected. We mourn with the families who lost their spouses, children, brothers and sisters, or their loved ones. I hope it is a comfort to them that our country respects the sacrifice that was made, the patriotism that was demonstrated, and the courage that these soldiers had for our country.

"In addition to the loss of life, there have been more than 15,000 troops who have been wounded in Iraq, many of them permanently. They have tremendous needs and we must be there for them. In the military there is a saying, 'On the battlefield, leave no soldier behind.' The same holds true for these veterans when they come home. That's why I think this sad milestone is an appropriate time to reiterate our support for the troops who fought and continue to fight so courageously.

"Earlier this year, Democrats introduced the G.I. Bill of Rights for the 21st Century. It addresses health care for veterans, jobs, education, and meeting the needs of America's military families. It was endorsed by the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and other veterans groups.

"All of this happens at a time when we are considering another budget bill. Republicans are suggesting an across the board cut of 2 percent, which would have a negative impact on our veterans, reducing the benefits they have earned with their courageous service to our country. Democrats want to be sure that Republicans leave no veteran behind."

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