PASCO, WA – Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) issued the following statement in response to the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Tiffany Smiley said: “Just a month ago, President Biden committed to the American people that the horrific and heartbreaking scenes we are witnessing in the streets of Kabul would never occur. Yet here we are, with the Taliban back in control, and the prospect of a resurgence of radical Islamic terrorism clearly on the horizon.”
“President Biden said his heart goes out to the brave Afghans who supported our troops over the past twenty years, but they deserve more than thoughts and prayers, they deserve our support and loyalty. I have grave concerns that the Biden Administration has abandoned the interpreters, guides, and their families who supported the American-led forces, handing each of them a death sentence at the hands of the Taliban.”
“My heart also goes out to the young girls and women who will now be oppressed, abused, and raped by the brutal terrorists who have regained control of Afghanistan. We rightfully talk about the importance of equality and human rights, but today’s retreat was a catastrophic loss for the women of Afghanistan and has imperiled the future of an entire generation of young women.”
“And finally, President Biden owes our military and their families who served, bled, and died in Afghanistan an explanation. All that they accomplished and all that they gained over the past twenty years was lost within days. I speak to these brave families, they are my friends and family, and they deserve to hear from their Commander-in-Chief,” concluded Smiley.
ABOUT TIFFANY SMILEY
Tiffany Smiley grew up on a farm in rural Washington. When she married her high school sweetheart and achieved her goal of becoming a triage nurse, Tiffany thought she had realized her piece of the American Dream. But April, 6 2005, Tiffany’s dreams changed in an instant.
Tiffany’s husband Scotty was severely wounded by a suicide bomber during his tour of service in Iraq, causing him to fall into a coma and permanently lose sight in both of his eyes. She immediately booked a flight for Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington, D.C, to be by Scotty’s side. When Tiffany arrived, Scotty was still in trauma care, and she was informed that Scotty would never be able to serve his nation again in uniform. Tiffany was even asked to sign a document, right there on the spot, agreeing to consent to Scotty’s immediate discharge from the Army.
The U.S. Military learned a little lesson about Tiffany’s strength, courage, and resolve that day when she promptly refused. Rather than simply going along with Army protocols and the federal bureaucrats who were insisting she immediately sign the paperwork, Tiffany fought for her husband, his dreams, and for the care she knew he had earned.
Tiffany pushed aside her professional dreams to focus on nursing her husband back to health, and fighting to ensure that Scotty’s recovery would not be compromised by inefficient government bureaucracy. She was determined that he would never become just another number in the unreliable VA system. To this day, Tiffany has made fighting to ensure every Vet gets the benefits and care they deserve one of their highest priorities.
The farm girl from rural Washington took on the federal government… and won. Tiffany not only made sure Scotty received the care he needed, but her relentless efforts allowed Scotty to demonstrate that his remarkable abilities greatly outweighed any disability he sustained. Scotty went on to serve as America’s first blind active-duty Army officer, breaking barriers for many who followed along the way.
Today, Tiffany and Scotty are the proud parents of three young boys.
Tiffany’s passion for helping others continues unabated today, illustrated by her unwavering commitment to empowering women who face adversity and fighting for critical reforms that help America’s veterans.
Tiffany uses her life’s trials and victories to inspire many like her, including those who have felt held down, held back, or pushed around by elected officials and government bureaucrats. Tiffany travels across the county sharing their remarkable story to help others discover and harness their power to confront and overcome life’s unexpected challenges. Tiffany also works with women in business, helping them shatter barriers, and encouraging them to never let life’s challenges stop them from realizing their dreams and their true potential.
Now, Tiffany Smiley is running for the United States Senate to take that same fight and optimistic spirit to help Washington families achieve their American Dreams. Tiffany believes that now, more than ever, Washingtonians need a voice in finding solutions to their unique problems, and countering Washington, DC’s endless divisiveness, radical partisanship, and gridlock.
To learn more about Tiffany Smiley’s record of taking on an unresponsive Federal government and fighting for the care of our nation’s veteran heroes, click here to download her campaign media kit.
PAID FOR BY SMILEY FOR WASHINGTON