Close
Search
Back to Press Releases

Statement on the Peaceful Transfer of Power

Posted: January 19, 2021

Following the failed insurrection attempt of January 6, 2021, the undersigned organizations, who serve members of our military, veterans, caregivers, and their families, join in condemning this violent attack on our country, our democracy, and our Constitution.  We affirm our commitment to the US Constitution, our free and fair elections, and the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.  

We endorse the statement made by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the joint force, which is made up of about 1.3 million active-duty service members and more than 811,000 National Guardsmen and reservists,

"The violent riot in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process. We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection."

Our veterans and men and women in uniform each take an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution, which provides for the peaceful transfer of power after an election - as confirmed by the States and courts, and certified by the US Congress.  Members of the National Guard are now activated to protect the results of that election.  We call on our fellow Americans to respect the electoral process, as well as the men and women of the National Guard who will be fulfilling their oaths to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  There must be no further violence.  We, the undersigned, join in opposition to any effort to overthrow our democracy or disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. 

We also call for accountability for those responsible for the seditious acts leading up to and including January 6, 2021. We call upon veterans, members of the military, and each of us who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution to stand firmly in support of democracy and to recommit to the peaceful transfer of power. We ask our political leaders, who have sworn that very same oath, to do the same.    

 

Signed,
1.    AMVETS
2.    Brighton Marine, Inc
3.    Code of Support Foundation 
4.    Easterseals DC MD VA
5.    Elizabeth Dole Foundation 
6.    Esposas Militares Hispanas USA
7.    Final Salute, Inc
8.    Give an Hour
9.    Higher Ground Veterans Advocacy 
10.    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America 
11.    Military Child Education Coalition 
12.    Military Family Advisory Network
13.    Military Order of the Purple Heart
14.    Minority Veterans of America   
15.    Modern Military Association of America   
16.    Mt. Carmel Veterans Services   
17.    MVAT Foundation 
18.    National Military Spouse Network 
19.    Partners in Promise 
20.    Project Sanctuary   
21.    Psych Armor 
22.    Psych Hub
23.    Reveille Foundation 
24.    Secure Families Initiative   
25.    Student Veterans of America 
26.    Swords to Plowshares  
27.    Team Red, White & Blue 
28.    Team Rubicon
29.    The Independence Fund
30.    The Mission Continues 
31.    The Ms. Veteran America Organization 
32.    Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors 
33.    Travis Manion Foundation 
34.    Veterans Community Connection
35.    Veterans Education Successes 
36.    Veterans for Common Sense 
37.    Volunteers of America
38.    wear blue: run to remember 

Access MCEC Press & Media Kit Press Kit
Sign Up For Our Newsletter!

Be the first to know about important announcements!