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Commander's Communique for May 23, 2014

Memorial Day is a day we set aside for remembering those who gave their lives in service to our country.  Over the next few days we will be able to spend some time reflecting on their sacrifice. While you take some time, I want to ask you to also remember US Marine Corps veteran Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, who served two tours in Afghanistan and is currently being held in a Mexican jail after he inadvertently crossed the Mexican border near San Diego with personally owned, (and registered), firearms in his pickup truck. Since being detained on March 31st he has lost over 20 pounds.

Tahmooressi was in San Diego seeking treatment through the La Jolla VA hospital when he made a wrong turn at a poorly-marked crossing and is now being held in the notorious La Mesa State Prison in Tijuana. Tahmooressi did not even realize he was in Mexico at the time because of the poorly lit area and a small sign covered in graffiti. Having served in San Diego and spent time in the area, I can personally attest to the conditions and the confusion. When you are there in San Ysidro, near the border on the American side, you think you’re getting on I – 5 but you’re actually driving to a point of no return.

Tahmooressi served two tours in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2012 and received a battlefield promotion to Sergeant because of his leadership and heroism in the face of fire.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 in Mexico where the arresting Mexican border officials will present their statements to a judge who may make a ruling at the time. In the meantime Sgt Tahmooressi is surviving on bread and water in a Mexican prison.

Please take the time to log on to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/demand-release-usmc-sgt-tahmooressi-suffering-ptsd-mexico-imprisonment/qslJk2Xd  and sign the petition to demand his release.

You can also voice your support by visiting a Facebook page set up on his behalf - https://www.facebook.com/freeusmctahmooressifrommexicanjail

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