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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 6, 2019 01:50 PM
From: Representative Lori A. Mizgorski
To: All House members
Subject: Second Gulf War Veterans Day
In the very near future, I will be introducing a Resolution designating December 18, 2019 as “Second Gulf War Veterans Day” in Pennsylvania.

The Second Gulf War, otherwise known as Operation Iraqi Freedom, was fought from 2003 to 2008. After Saddam Hussein refused to leave Iraq, President Bush announced the beginning of combat operations. Prior to the war, the United Nations (UN) implemented economic sanctions on Iraq for its refusal to comply with the UN resolutions.

On March 17, 2003, Saddam Hussein was given 48 hours to leave Iraq and by April 9, 2003 much of Baghdad, Iraq came under control of American forces. Nine months later Saddam Hussein was found in hole in the ground outside of the town of Tikrit and was subsequently captured and later executed for crimes against humanity.

More than 4,000 United States Armed Forces members were killed during the Second Gulf War, including 197 from the Commonwealth, and more than 32,000 were wounded. This Resolution recognizes and honors the sacrifices of the brave men and women who fought in this war.

Please join me in cosponsoring this Resolution.

Introduced as HR639