AN APOLOGY TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALEXANDER VINDMAN

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman side by side with his Purple Heart certificate

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is an American patriot. Having been awarded the Purple Heart is a testament to his courage on the battlefield.

As a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army, I thank him for his service.

As an American, I applaud his courage to comply with a lawful subpoena and testify truthfully before Congress about his knowledge of President Trump’s “perfect call” with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

During his testimony, he told his dad “not to worry” because this was America. But as soon as President Trump was acquitted by the GOP-led Senate, Lt. Col. Vindman was summarily fired from the White House, along with his twin brother who had no involvement with the impeachment.

We’ve since learned that the White House directed the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army to “dig up dirt” on Lt. Col. Vindman so he could be fired. Try as they might, their efforts were fruitless.

As it turned out, Lt. Col. Vindman was unimpeachable.

On July 8th Lt. Col. Vindman submitted his request for resignation from the Army.

His attorney cited a campaign of “bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” by President Trump and his administration as the reason for Vindman’s resignation. He knew his career was over.

President Trump has once again proven himself petty, vindictive, and completely unworthy to be Commander-in-Chief. His Press Secretary refused to answer any questions about Vindman’s resignation saying she doesn’t comment on “former junior employees.”

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman preparing to testify before congress

To Lt. Col. Vindman on behalf of a grateful nation I say, “We are sorry.” At least, we should be. Your superiors in the Pentagon let you down. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, for whom you once worked, let you down. But most of all, America — at least the one you believed existed — let you down. We can only hope that a new Administration and a new Congress can make amends for the unjustified wrongs you have endured. Thank you for maintaining and displaying for the world to see your commitment to Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. You are a hero in every sense of the word. Hooah!

Devin Pandy is a 21-year Combat Veteran running for Mayor of Gainesville, GA