Whitefish, Montana – State Senator and Former Commander at SEAL TEAM SIX, Ryan Zinke, has announced the formation of Special Operations for America (SOFA). SOFA will advocate for the election of Mitt Romney and like-minded candidates who want to bring true leadership back to Washington and who believe in permanent and enduring American Exceptionalism.
Leadership that does not apologize and bow to the world for America’s greatness or politicize military operations for political gain. SOFA stands against the core threats to National Security created and unchecked by the Obama administration. SOFA will strike to ensure that veterans and our families receive the care and benefits their sacrifice has earned.
Navy SEAL’s, Special Operations Personnel and Veteran’s across America have been outraged since Barack Obama conveniently took credit for killing Osama Bin Laden for political gain. The positioning of Obama as a wartime president was predictable and un-becoming of a Commander-in-Chief. The active duty military has no voice as they are forbidden to publicly engage in the political campaign process and it is career suicide for senior military leaders to speak out against the President. In 2008, Obama ran against the issues and tactics he is now exploiting for political expediency. It appears the President is looking to deflect his economic record, embrace and ride on the coattails of America’s military. At the same time, vowing to raise military and veterans’ health care costs; who have already given so much, in order to balance the budget.
Senator Ryan Zinke said: “The President has failed and he is jeopardizing the safety of our troops, their families and our National security for political gain. Obama has exposed the identity of special operations units, leaked classified information, and limited the rules of engagement of forces on the ground. It’s time to stop President Obama from negotiating away our freedoms and our ability to win on the battlefield. For those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, it is a call of duty to take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices that have been made for the values that have made America great.”
– Senator Zinke is the Chairman of Special Operations for America. www.soforamerica.org
SOFA has organized partnerships with Veterans for a Strong America, Stand up America US and Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans for Congress. Collectively, a vast and growing network of several hundred thousand strong. The organizations will work together on messaging and ground operations to play a decisive role in November. SOFA has a Senior Advisory Board consisting of a former Governor, US Senator, Flag Officer and a Business Leader of Distinction.
MG Paul Vallely US Army (Retired) said: “The establishment and launch of “Special Operations for America” (SOFA) is a noble undertaking by retired and dedicated Special Operations personnel. Our country, its values, traditions and our economy are facing serious consequences if we cannot right this United States and the Republic. The President wants to takes us further into debt and more vulnerable to external threats.”
– MG Vallely is the Chairman of Stand Up America US & Senior Advisor to Special Operations for America. www.standupamericaus.org
Kieran M. Lalor said: “American Exceptionalism must not be lost. For 236 years, Americans have served our country to make her the envy of the world. We must honor this sacrifice by putting America back on the path to prosperity. As Chairman of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans for Congress, I am pleased to partner with Special Operations for America to help change the direction of our country, elect leaders who will honor America, the Constitution, those who have and continue to serve her.”
– Kieran Lalor is the Chairman of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress. www.iraqvetsforcongress.com
Joel Arends said: “Veterans for a Strong America is proud to join forces with Special Operations for America. This is the organization that will offer a boots on the ground perspective to inform the national security discussion and policy debate in 2012 and into the future – SOFA is going to provide a combination of first-hand experience tempered with the wisdom of experienced policy makers. Engaging in the campaign is the right, and frankly the duty, of those who have served and feel compelled to inform the public policy debate and in the election. Ryan Zinke’s service and experience is going to be a great addition to the public dialogue regarding the use of special operations and timely given that this White House has been leaking highly classified national security information regarding special operations mission. Ryan’s perspective will give us a true analysis of what dangers the White House leaks pose to our operators on the ground, their families and to mission accomplishment.”
– Joel Arends, Chairman of Veterans for a Strong America. www.veteransforamerica.org
Senator Ryan Zinke’s Biography:
Senator Ryan Zinke is a third generation Montanan and was a multiple sport All-State stand-out and a Whitefish High School Football Hall of Fame inductee. After serving as three time class president, Zinke attended the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Geology. As a four-year letterman, he received numerous awards to include All-Pacific TEN honors, the Pacific TEN Medal, the University Sahlstrom Award, and the prestigious Emerald Cup for academic, athletic, and leadership excellence. In 1996 and again in 1997, Ryan Zinke was twice selected for Most Outstanding Young Men in America honors.
Ryan’s distinguished military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and attended SEAL training (class 136). Ryan served 23 years as a Navy SEAL including two tours at SEAL TEAM SIX. In 2004, Ryan was assigned as Deputy and Acting Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he led a force of over 3500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq in the conduct of 360 combat patrols, 48 Direct Action missions, and hundreds of sensitive operations. In 2006, he was awarded two Bronze Stars for combat. Ryan retired as a Navy SEAL in 2008 and was elected to the Montana State Senate.
Sen. Zinke’s full biography can be found at www.soforamerica.org
Contact: Scott Hommel – 703-389-4354
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