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Sunday
Dec252011

Sen. Gillibrand Calls for Investigation of Military Hazing, Bullying

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A senator is calling on the U.S. Defense Department to conduct a system-wide review of alleged hazing incidents in the military, after eight soldiers in Afghanistan were charged in connection with the death of Army Pvt. Danny Chen, who apparently committed suicide in October.

Chen had told family and friends that he was the target of persistent racial taunts and abusive treatment by his comrades in arms.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, requested the investigation due to concern that Chen's death is a reflection of a larger problem of military hazing.

"I cannot imagine what [Chen's parents] are going through as they mourn the senseless loss of their son," Gillibrand said. "No soldier should have to mentally or physically fear another soldier. There is no room for discrimination and mistreatment in our military. We need to ensure that those responsible for this type of abuse are held accountable and we must take steps to prevent any more tragedies from happening."

"It is outrageous that any man or woman serving our country would be subject to discrimination or harassment," she wrote in a letter to Dr. Joanne Rooney, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

The Army did not say whether the eight soldiers charged actually killed Chen or whether their mistreatment of Chen caused him to kill himself.

Minority advocates have long been concerned about the treatment of Asian Americans in the military. Asian-Americans make up about 5 percent of the U.S. population, but historically have stayed away from the military, making up less than 3 percent of all military recruits.

Chen was the second Asian American to die of apparent suicide in Afghanistan this year.

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Wednesday
Feb162011

Giffords' Friends In Congress Hosting Re-Election Fundraiser

Photo Courtesy - Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ., continues her recovery from last month’s shooting in Tucson, some of her closest friends in Congress are hosting a March 15 fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for her re-election committee.

The fundraiser is being organized by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA., and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL.

“We are so proud of her as she continues to make incredible strides in her recovery,” the lawmakers said in the invitation. “We look forward to seeing her again soon and to the day that she will rejoin us in the halls of Congress and resume her role as a leading advocate for solar energy, increased border security, job creation through innovation, and protecting the needs of military families and veterans.”

“But first Gabby must focus on the important work of her recovery. With that in mind, we have joined together to support Gabby, and we hope that we can count on you to join us!”

Text of the invitation is below. 

From the desks of Kirsten Gillibrand, Adam Smith & Debbie Wasserman Schultz

February 14, 2011

Dear Friend,

We have joined together with our colleagues to support our good friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

As we all know, Gabby suffered serious injuries in the January 8th shooting in Tucson, AZ. We are so proud of her as she continues to make incredible strides in her recovery. We look forward to seeing her again soon and to the day that she will rejoin us in the halls of Congress and resume her role as a leading advocate for solar energy, increased border security, job creation through innovation, and protecting the needs of military families and veterans.

But first Gabby must focus on the important work of her recovery. With that in mind, we have joined together to support Gabby, and we hope that we can count on you to join us!

Thank you for your friendship and support.

Sincerely,

Kirsten Gillibrand

Adam Smith

Debbie Wasserman Schultz 

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