by Allen West for The Allen West Foundation
Aside from the strong guidance of my parents, I credit one organization for my success.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the JROTC.
There weren’t a lot of choices available to an inner-city kid like me growing up in Atlanta. I could’ve ended up on the streets like some of my classmates. But what I found in JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) in high school was an opportunity of a lifetime…
An opportunity to work hard. An opportunity to develop character. An opportunity to lead.
I jumped at the opportunity. And it set my feet upon the path of becoming an American combat leader and developing statesman.
I know you’ll agree with me that the rising generation needs an opportunity like this now more than ever. But programs like these are quickly becoming extinct…
JROTC programs around the country are at risk of closing their doors due to funding problems and outright disregard and neglect from President Obama and his cronies in D.C.!
Just this summer, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice revoked its funding of the Young Marines Program in Bossier City, Louisiana, because the organization’s activities were deemed “religious.”
What were these outrageous religious activities, you ask? Voluntary student-led prayers and a mention of “God” in a Young Marine oath!
The Department of Justice took it a step further and told the decades-old program they wouldn’t lose its funding if they pledged in a letter that “no mention of God would be allowed” during program activities.
Well, it comes as no surprise that they courageously refused the offer and risked disbanding altogether. But when I heard about their story, the Allen West Foundation stepped in thanks to the help of friends like you…
Contrary to the wishes of Pres. Obama and Eric Holder, we kept the Boosier City JROTC program’s doors open.
That got me thinking. If liberals are attacking the values of our military men and women in Louisiana, they’re probably doing it all over America.
We quickly located 5 more JROTC programs across America who are at risk of closing and desperately need help:
- Grady High School Army JROTC (My Alma Mater) – Atlanta, GA
- South High School Army JROTC – Denver, CO
- Rio Grande City High School Army JROTC 12th Cavalry Unit – Rio Grande City, TX
- Nease High School Navy JROTC – Ponte Verde, FL
- Daphne-Spanish Air Force JROTC – Daphne, AL
JROTC made me the man I am today, and I’ll be darned if some liberal in D.C. thinks they’re going to stop the next generation of Americans from this opportunity.
There’s no better time to train up leaders than while they’re in high school. Together we’ll give young men and women an opportunity of a lifetime and inspire the next generation of conservative leaders.
Steadfast and Loyal,
Allen B. West
Lt. Col. USA (Ret)
P.S. JROTC programs around the country are at risk of closing due to funding problems and outright hostility from Pres. Obama. The Allen West Foundation has located 5 JROTC programs across America who desperately need your help, and we need to raise $25,000 by the end of the month to keep their doors open. Let’s solve it!