Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: Integrate the Coast Guard into the National Defense Authorization Act to ensure adequate funding of the USCG’s vital services
A full day before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the eastern seaboard, the U.S. Coast Guard had already begun the rescue effort. A large ship nearly 100 miles off the mid-Atlantic coast was stranded in the storm with no hope of safely navigating the pounding waves. In only a matter of hours the Coast Guard responded to the distress signal, venturing into the churning waters and bringing 14 passengers safely back to shore.
Such displays of courage are a commonplace from the men and women of the Coast Guard, but they may not be for long. The USCG’s financial support in the federal budget has been steadily declining for several years. Over this same period, the duties performed by the Coast Guard have expanded dramatically in its role in the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard now performs the bulk of maritime security operations along U.S. shores, policing our bordering waters in addition to providing the substantial rescue operations that are increasingly indispensable.
By integrating the U.S. Coast Guard into the National Defense Authorization Act, Congress can save this organization that routinely risks life and limb to save others. Inclusion in the military budget would not only open up much-needed funding options for the Coast Guard, but also encourage future lawmakers to divert financing away from often-redundant increases in expensive wartime technologies.
With the threat of another superstorm always on the horizon, the rescue operations of the U.S. Coast Guard will be more vital than ever before. Ask Congress to include the Coast Guard in the National Defense Authorization Act to allow the USCG to remain, as their motto says, “always ready.”
Dear United States Congress,
While the brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard so willingly extend help to those in need, it is they who now need your help. Further cuts to the Coast Guard budget threaten to cripple its ability to perform the vital rescue and security operations that only the Coast Guard can provide.
By including the Coast Guard in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), you could guarantee that the significant funding available to our nation’s military agencies will also help provide the necessary security to seafaring citizens close to home. While our country now has fewer needs for powerful weapons of war and combat, we are increasingly in need of the protection offered by the members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Integrating the Coast Guard into the NDAA will ensure less redundant spending on expensive technologies and more practical spending on the Coast Guard’s vital services.
[Your Name Here]
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