I am one of their supporters, both as an American and financially for their legal defenses. I am a Navy SEAL mom, and will fight for all of them!
San Diego, CA (Vocus) April 29, 2010
This past week, it was announced that the second of the three Navy SEALs who had been accused of prisoner abuse was acquitted of all charges. This was good news to the many who had joined together in support of the SEALs, including USNavySEALStore.com and SupportOurSeals.com, websites that was helping to raise money for their defense fund.
Background: Navy SEALs captured Ahmed Hashim Abed, an Iraqi terrorist allegedly responsible for the murder of four American contractors in Iraq. According to the charges, in 2004 Abed masterminded a successful plot to ambush American security agents. The burned remains of the bodies were hung from a bridge in Fallujah to allow the world press to photograph and publicize.
Following the capture, charges were brought against three of the SEALs by Abed, who claims he was punched in the stomach and received a bloody lip after being taken into custody. Three Navy SEALs—Matthew McCabe, Julio Antonio Huertas Jr. and Jonathan Elliott Keefe—were charged with failing to protect the detainee and making false statements to investigators.
Another nonprofit organization, the Warrior Defense Fund FreetheSeals.com was formed to raise money for the men’s defense costs.
To help in the fundraising efforts, two t-shirts were created by USNavySEALs.com and sold at USNavySEALstore.com. $10 from the sale of each shirt was donated to the Warrior Defense Fund. Through their efforts, $10,000 was collected and donated to the Fund in less than 5 weeks. A letter of thanks from the Chairman of the Warrior Defense Fund was posted on the USNavySEALstore.com
Comments, discussion and support for the SEALs and the fundraising efforts have been strong:
“I am one of their supporters, both as an American and financially for their legal defenses. I am a Navy SEAL mom, and will fight for all of them!” – M.H.
“Thanks for all your support guys!!! Keep it up.” -G.W.
“God bless the three of you and keep up the good fight. There are a lot of people that support you.” –A.A.
More comments and feedback from thousands of concerned citizens and supporters of the Navy SEALs are posted on the USNavySeals blog and Facebook page. Donations are still accepted on other supporting websites that is listed on SupportourSEALs.com . USNavySEALstore.com invites everybody to check the support rallies listed on the same website and attend them on the day of SO2 McCabe’s trial date May 3rd, 2010.
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