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Call on Senator Collins
to Cosponsor AAA

129 Maine Veterans Call on Senator Collins
to Cosponsor the Afghan Adjustment Act Immediately

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2022

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Maine - This morning 129 Maine veterans and military service members delivered a letter to Senator Collins calling on her to honor America’s promise to our wartime allies by immediately cosponsoring the Afghan Adjustment Act and ensuring it is passed into law by the end of the year. The letter follows more than a year of work by Maine veterans – and thousands like them across the country – to support those who were evacuated to the U.S. from Afghanistan and to rescue Afghan allies left behind after the U.S. military withdrawal.

Read the full letter: Letter to Senator Collins

The Afghan Adjustment Act will safeguard U.S. national security, help hundreds of Afghan allies in Maine – and tens of thousands throughout the United States – to begin rebuilding their lives, and and take some key steps in assisting at-risk Afghan allies who were not able to escape Afghanistan and remain in grave danger due to their alliance with the U.S. This Bipartisan legislation has broad support from:

  • Every major veterans’ organization in the U.S. including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Team America Relief, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and Student Veterans of America.
  • Top national security experts from both Republican and Democratic administrations.
  • Key businesses and employers in Maine and beyond including Luke’s Lobster and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Afghan evacuees in the U.S. are projected to contribute nearly 2 million in taxes in their first year. Without the AAA, Afghan evacuees contributing to Maine’s workforce will be at risk of losing work authorization, a needless loss to Maine’s economy and employers.
  • Faith leaders including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA, the National Episcopal Church, and others.
  • The Bangor Daily News editorial board.
  • The rest of Maine’s Congressional delegation.

The letter makes clear to Senator Collins that passing the Afghan Adjustment Act immediately is a matter of national security: “We know from firsthand experience that the support of local partners on the ground in conflict zones is crucial to keeping U.S. troops safe, to ensuring we achieve our objectives, and to promoting U.S. interests. Failure to pass the AAA now will jeopardize the trust, loyalty, and support of local partners in future conflicts. It will cost us intel and American lives."

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