October 5, 2014 was a special night for our active duty, veterans, and first responder heroes at the historic National Theater in Richmond, Virginia. Before a standing room only crowd Ian Anderson honored our veterans, first responders, and to raised awareness of the global threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Opening with a performance by the VMI band including Ian himself join them in their rendition of “Moondance” the show got off to a high energy start. Overall it was a great success with all proceeds going to support programs helping our heroes and responding to the threat from IEDs. Continue on for more details, videos, and images of this great event honoring our heroes.
|A Joint Press Release|
HOUSE RESOLUTION 190: Ground Breaking Congressional Action Condemns Improvised Explosive Devices and the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) has introduced a bill to set the United States on the path to being the leader in reducing the global threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) such as those used in the Boston Marathon Bombing.
UPDATE (21 July 2013): 42 Representatives have now agreed to co-sponsor H. Res. 190. In addition the Global Campaign has new endorsements from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Rolling Thunder, Inc., and the St. Louis Fire Department.
Download the (updated, 13 May 2013) press packet
On March 4, 2013 fifty-three members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Hagel and Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Shinseki calling for them to share blast-trauma related research and add important areas of inquiry to the National Mortality Study on veterans investigate the linkages from blast-trauma, low level traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other IED effects on suicides. According to the most recent data, active duty personnel committed suicide at a rate of almost one every day in 2012. Last year, 18 to 22 veterans are estimated to have committed suicide every day.
UPDATE (14 Nov 2012): The Obama administration responds and Representative Gallegly rejects the response as inadequate.
Thanks to the leadership of Congressmen Elton Gallegly, 69 Members of the House signed the Letter to President Obama which was delivered on May 3, 2012. On June 4, 2012, under the leadership of Congressman James Himes (D-CT), 23 more members of the House requested the President add their names to the Letter. This brings the total signatories to 92 representing 28 states, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands. Action on a similar letter from the United States Senate is on-going.
The IED has become a very effective weapon for those who advance their cause through terror and violence. If you exclude Iraq and Afghanistan, there are on average, three IED incidents each day in the remainder of the world. In 2010 these IEDs killed and wounded 7747 civilians. This amounts to a global epidemic of IED use. Military-focused solutions to this problem have not been and likely will not be successful. A global more wholistic approach is required.
The Campaign's objective is to reduce the use of IEDs at a global level by (1) neutralizing local IED networks and (2) preventing new, effective IED networks from forming. Our approach consists of three core elements...
Recently the Global Campaign was asked to write an op-ed column for breakingdefense.com. During preparation of the column we were asked to clarify the relationship between landmines and IEDs. This question arose specifically in the context of U.S. House Resolution 190 and our observation that the United Nations issues an annual resolution condemning landmines.
According to National Counterterrorism Center’s Worldwide Incident Tracking Systems (WITS) there will be, on average, 119 IED incidents each month in 2011—not counting Iraq and Afghanistan. This is more than double the 53 IED incidents each month five years previously in 2006.
This video is made possible by the generosity of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) who allowed us the use of his song Wootton Bassett Town from his Thick as a Brick 2 Album.
Wootton Bassett Town is the community in England where military personnel killed in the line of duty are repatriated. The story of this town’s actions in honoring the fallen sets an example for us all.