Saturday, October 29, 2005

Defend the

Our Troops should not be second guessed for life or death decisions made in the heat of battle. They should not have to think about what charges they may have to face, when that hesitation could cost them their lives and those of their comrades.

About Us raises money and awareness for the defense of soldiers and Marines whose actions in the heat of combat are being second-guessed.

The following is a series of letters written by Merry Pantano, proud mother of Marine Second Lieutenant Ilario Pantano and founder of

Since When Do Soldiers Need Defending? believes that the basic legal coverage provided by the military is not nearly enough for a fair and adequate defense in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. Outside civilian counsel is an important component of a successful legal defense.

Who Defends Those Who Defend Us?
As America rallies behind the rhetoric, the talk of "bringing terrorists to justice" must be translated into action. Fighting men and women with wills of steel are in dark corners of the world getting their hands dirty where "the rubber meets the road" so policy can become a reality.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We thank everyone who took such a personal interest in the successful fight to have my son, Marine 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano, exonerated of all the charges against him giving him freedom and restoring his good name.

Current Case
Private First Class Edward L. Richmond, US Army

PFC Edward Richmond chose to join the Army after 9/11 to protect his family and country. He is currently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and will have to live the rest of his life with a felony on his record and a dishonorable discharge from the Army. Sadly, Edward's choices in life will now be limited because he tried to protect himself during a time of war.
Please help us appeal his sentence and restore his honor.

Please help us appeal his sentence and restore his honor.

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