Thank You Letter to Mikey & MRFF From a Grateful U.S. Army Soldier

Dear Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation,

 

I would like to thank you all very much for your hard work and passionate efforts to help me and many other Soldiers in my unit rectify the wrongs committed by our chain of command promoting a particular religious belief and helping to deter future occurrences.

When our unit verbally and symbolically promoted a particular Protestant Christian belief at the expense of all other religions during our unit (event name withheld), I was outraged. However, I was despaired by both the blatant disregard for our Constitutional oaths, and by the almost certain fact that any complaint through official channels would not be taken seriously. This was confirmed by the initial reaction by the commander to the MRFF.

I had heard about the Military Religious Freedom Foundation through the Army Times and civilian news sources regarding similar situations that they have fought for Soldiers and against proselytization by military leaders. When I initially made contact with you, I expected a response after the weekend was over, but received a reply in a matter of a few hours, despite the drastic time difference. Your reaction was much more rapid and aggressive than I had expected, even knowing your reputation for precisely that.

Also unexpected was the amount of support which I had from fellow Soldiers in the unit. The MRFF was able to locate and speak with over 30 other Soldiers in my unit who witnessed and were equally as outraged as I regarding the incident. Each one of us were able to keep our anonymity from each other as well as the chain of command in order to ensure we would not be retaliated against.

After the unit commander gave their initial response to MRFF, which essentially stated that they are allowed to display and promote a specific religious belief at a unit function, Mikey Weinstein spoke directly with army leaders several levels above our unit commander. I was then contacted personally by Mikey Weinstein so that he could inform me that the situation was being taken very seriously by senior Army leaders, and that my unit commander would be officially (type of disciplinary action withheld) or even (type of more severe disciplinary action withheld) by their commander.

I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to Mikey Weinstein and the entire Military Religious Freedom Foundation for continuing to fight for the rights of military members. You have achieved much more than I could have even hoped for, much less expected had I been on my own. I hope to meet you so that I may thank you in person.

Sincerely,

 
(U.S. Army Soldier’s name, rank, MOS, assigned unit and assigned military installation all withheld)

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