LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) issued the following statement regarding the seven American soldiers fallen in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.
“In the past 24 hours, our nation has lost seven brave soldiers.
The insider attack that took the lives of two American soldiers is a tragic reminder of the sacrifices being made by our men and women in uniform still fighting in Afghanistan.
After a decade of war these types of green-on-blue attacks, where Afghan forces turn on NATO forces, erodes the trust and confidence of our soldiers working to transition security to Afghan authorities by 2015.
The helicopter crash which claimed five more Americans emphasizes our need to focus on bringing our troops home.
When I last traveled to Afghanistan to better understand the morale of the troops and determine the status of training and transition operations in advance of the scheduled drawdown of U.S. forces, the consistent message I heard was that we must either provide our troops with all the resources they need or begin bringing them home now. That was almost a year and a half ago.
As we begin withdrawing, our warfighters are being asked to do more with less. And this news highlights the dangers they face every day. I hope that we are able to bring them all home to their families quickly and safely.
In recent months, there has been much said about the partisan divisions in Congress and across our country. We will always speak with one voice in advocating for our troops both at home and abroad in the protection of ourselves and foreign allies.
I intend to meet with the President this week and express my concern to provide our troops with every resource they need and expedite their return home.”