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Pentagon records show improvised explosive attacks, IEDs, cause 70\% of all U.S. casualties in Iraq. Our conventional military vehicle, the Humvee, is vulnerable to these IED attacks. Yet, there are (mine-resistant ambush-protected) MRAP armored vehicles, that are FOUR times more resistant to bomb blasts than the Humvee.

These bomb resistant vehicles have been around since 2003. However, 4 years after the technology was developed, there are only a minimal amount of MRAP armored vehicles in Iraq.

A major Pentagon supplier of MRAP armored vehicles is a company called Force Protection. The Pentagon says the number of the company's Buffalo and Cougar V-shaped vehicles in Iraq is classified, but public records show the military has bought almost 300. That compares with more than 35,000 Humvees.

Force Protection says nobody inside a Buffalo has been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan despite encountering thousands of IED blasts.

300 is not enough. We need more.

Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Robert Magnus recently told Congress the Marines want at least 3,700 MRAP armored vehicles, while the Army wants 2,500 by the years end. The vehicles could cut the rate of U.S. casualties by two-thirds, Magnus said.

Thats why its discouraging to read the military is $4.45 billion short of the $7 billion needed to buy the vehicles. Our brave soldiers are putting their lives on the line everyday, serving our country, and the very least our government can do, is provide our soldiers with the best protection money can buy.

Please provide the appropriate funding for the MRAP armored vehicles. The ramifications of inaction are dire. If we do nothing, more of our troops may die needlessly in vulnerable Humvees, while they can be better protected in MRAP armored vehicles.

Please properly fund the MRAP armored vehicles. We owe it to the troops. Their lives depend on it.

Thank you.

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PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH and HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

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