Retired General: Georgia, the Battle is Yours to Win

Lt. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin, USMC (Ret)

I know too well what it means to be battle-weary. And while the battle we have been engaged in this year – these last four years – does not equate to the prolonged conflict of war, the steadfast determination and unwavering commitment to the cause that is required of a soldier is just as poignant now. 

Last month, our nation turned out in record numbers to exercise the precious right to vote that so many in our country have fought to protect. With that demonstration came a clear mandate: our commander-in-chief must be a leader of integrity, who is principled and fair, and who represents the interests of all people. In the end, those virtues prevailed and I have begun to rediscover hope for our future. But my fellow Georgians the battle is not over. 

I know many of you are tired, and likely your weariness began long before Donald Trump entered the White House. As a black man raised in the South, persisting through struggle, carrying on when exhausted, pushing against boundaries meant to count me out is nothing new. Even when the odds were stacked against me, the greater cause has always been worth it. And so it is now, with the runoff race for two invaluable Senate seats from this state. 

The candidates who are vying for your vote could not be more diametrically opposed, and the stakes could not be any higher. Our nation, the state of Georgia, has elected Joe Biden as our next President. And it is imperative that we not only echo the November mandate to be represented by leadership of integrity and decency, but that we also empower our President to lead effectively with the backing of a Senate body that will advance the interests of all Americans. 

This is why I am endorsing both Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff for Senate, and exhorting my fellow Georgians to stay in this battle and vote. For the 90,000 service members and 700,000 veterans who call Georgia home, electing leaders who will serve and fight for them – just as they have bravely served and fought for us — is the best way to honor their sacrifice. 

You may not have signed up for this war, but you are uniquely equipped to lead us to victory. 

Lt. Gen. Gaskin was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, and graduated from Savannah State University. Lt. Gen Gaskin joined the military in 1974 and retired in 2013. He has also served as Deputy Chair of the NATO Military Committee, Commanding General of 2nd Marine Division, and Vice Director of the Joint Staff.

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