Veterans Applaud Obama Decision on Photo of Osama Bin Laden

 ·, Press Release

Washington, DC - The head of the largest progressive group of veterans in America,, released the following statement on the President's decision to not release a photo of Osama bin Laden, following his killing.

In a statement, Iraq War Veteran and Interim Chairman of, Ashwin Madia said:

"We strongly agree with the President's decision to not release pictures of Osama bin Laden after his death.  At a time when we have hundreds of thousands of troops in the field, now is not the time to inflame tensions in the Middle East and Afghanistan, by "spiking the football," as the President said.  Doing so only endangers our troops, and never will placate those who are prone to believe conspiracy theories, anyway.  We have all the evidence we need that Osama bin Laden is dead.  There is no reason to parade around a picture of his head, like some prize."

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 100,000 members, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.


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