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WASHINGTON, DC—Operation Free, a national coalition of veterans seeking to secure America with clean energy, today welcomed more than 25 veterans to Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with their Members of Congress. The fly-in is designed to educate lawmakers about the importance of extending the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). The veterans coming in predominantly work in the wind industry.
|Veterans now employed in wind. Employees from EDP Renewables from left to right: Justin van Beusekom, Fred Kelo, Gary Webb, Terry Oswald and Rich Brown|
During the group’s two day visit, the delegation will meet personally with the staffs of more than 30 members of Congress. Specifically, the meetings will focus on how extending the Wind PTC will create jobs across America and help to meet our nation’s energy security goals.
“Wind-generated electricity diversifies our energy supply and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, which strengthens our economic and national security,” said Operation Free spokesman and former U.S. Army Captain, Mike Breen. “We are proud to stand with these veterans who have traveled to our nation’s capital to help educate our members of Congress about the benefits of wind. These meetings provide a critical opportunity for veterans to interact one-on-one with their legislators and inform them about the issues that are most important to them and their state.”
The Wind PTC is due to expire at the end of this year unless Congress votes to renew it. Veterans hold a high percentage of the 75,000 jobs supported by the wind industry in the United States, which are at risk if the credit is allowed to lapse.
Veterans participating in the fly-in traveled from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas.
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Operation Free is a national coalition of US military veterans working to send the message that America’s security relies on ending our addiction to oil and establishing clean, renewable sources of energy. Operation Free is a campaign of the Truman National Security Project.