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Iraqi Elections

By [email protected]

To the U of U Community,

I was a soldier. While in Iraq, I witnessed an Iraqi father exhale he last dieing Arabic words only moments after begging me to take his 10-year old son to America. Insurgents brutally killed one of my Iraqi translators. I attended the memorial services of 15 soldiers who were shot down on their way home for leave. There was the memorial service of a friend, SSG Stephen Bertolino who was killed in a 40-minute firefight. And the services of CPL Carl, CWO Gukeisen, CWO Dusen, SGT Williams, SPC Chance III, 1LT Adams, and many others who were killed in the line of duty. They, Americans and Iraqis alike, had one thing in common-the desire for democracy and freedom in Iraq.

Your yellow magnetized ribbon stuck on the back of our car won’t bring them back, or help the cause they died for, any more then a veteran finding the bottom of a bottle. If you truly wish to “support our troops” like your ribbon says, you must take action!

Last Friday, I witnessed over 50 Utah Iraqis leave to California to register so they can vote in the upcoming Iraqi election. You can do one of two things (or both) if you wish to support our troops, our mission, our community, America, and the Iraqi people. First, you may donate money to help them pay the high expense of the 1,400-mile journey they must make on January 28. Donations may be made to the Iraqi Election Support Fund and any Zion’s Bank branch. Second, you can join me and others to give them the supportive send off they deserve. They will be pulling out from the Alrasool Islamic Center located at 470 E. Stanley Ave. (3180 S) in South Salt Lake around 8pm on Friday the January 28.

This will not bring back those who gave their lives in the name of democracy, but it will honor their memory. I was a solider, now I am a student, and I am asking you to stand with me in support of the Iraqi patriots of our Utah community.


Bryan Catherman Senior, Political ScienceOIF Veteran

Bryan Catherman13882 Kyle Earl LaneHerriman, Utah [email protected](801) 808-5672

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