Reyes, Rick

Rick Reyes is chair of the Veterans Caucus of the California Democratic Party. He is a U.S. Marine veteran, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, he has been a small business owner, and co-founding member of Veterans for Rethink Afghanistan. He works on a wide range of issues that affect veterans, and service members, and is an outspoken critic of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has visited Afghanistan as part of a humanitarian mission and continues to work with Congress and nationally as an advocate to end the wars, and improve U.S. foreign policy.

Loss of Life in Afghanistan an 'Atrocity,' U.S. Should End Operations Now

By Rick Reyes
Veterans Caucus, California Democratic Party

The report Saturday that the crash of a Chinook helicopter killed 30 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is just one more sad reason we need to end operations sooner rather than later in that theatre of war. I've been there and we need to get our brothers and sisters home now.

It was the deadliest day for our U.S. troops in Afghanistan since it began in 2001. These men and women have real families and friends who will never see them again. This is part of a continuing tragedy playing out in Afghanistan.

When a majority of Americans believe this war is not worth fighting for, and when a majority of Americans decide they want the US out of Afghanistan, from that moment on, every life of one of our service members lost is a dishonor to the commitment and sacrifice they've made for their values of freedom and democracy.