FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2012
Jeff Schwilk, Founder, SoCal Patriots
Rally for Sgt. Gary Stein, Thursday 3-5pm, Camp Pendleton Main Gate
OCEANSIDE, CA. A large rally in support of Sgt. Stein will take place outside the Camp Pendleton Main Gate at 3-5pm, March 29. Veterans, Patriot groups, and concerned citizens from all over Southern California will be attending to show their support for Sgt. Gary Stein and his strong public defense of the U.S. Constitution through his Armed Forces Tea Party facebook group.
Sgt. Stein has been ordered to a discharge hearing for his political comments about President Obama on the internet. We won a small victory this morning as the Marine Corps has delayed the discharge hearing from March 31st to April 5th. This gives Sgt. Stein and his attorneys more time to prepare for the hearing, but it does not ensure justice in this case. Sgt. Stein’s commanding officer has made serious allegations and accusations against him in his March 21 official letter to him (see attached). Sgt. Stein should be able to present evidence in his defense at the appropriate judicial court to defend himself against what he has called “blatantly false charges”. We want a fair hearing and due process for Sgt. Stein to ensure that this is not a political persecution and squelching of Marines’ free speech rights within existing DOD regulations.
All Marines and service members swear an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. All Marines are also taught not to obey unlawful orders. Sgt. Stein’s public re-affirmation of these core Marine Corps and American principles on his Facebook pages should be commended, not punished. This sudden rush to end Sgt. Stein’s honorable 9 year career reeks of political correctness and a possible witch hunt on the part of his superior officers and Commanding General.
Veterans demand justice for Sgt. Stein and for all service members so that they may continue to ensure the good order and discipline, and high morale of our armed forces, especially in this time of war. We thank Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Duncan Hunter (a Marine Reservist) for their public support of Sgt. Stein and our cause for justice for our brave service members who sacrifice so much for our nation.
Jeff Schwilk is a retired Marine Master Sergeant and a veteran of the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (USMC-R): Sgt. Stein should not be punished for anti-Obama Facebook posts