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Join Veterans to Demand Hearings on Substandard Helmet Procurement

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Bush Pentagon had agreed to a contract for more Kevlar helmets for our troops from the very company that was being sued for cheating troops out of helmets that met military standards.  Especially at a time when so many troops are in harm’s way, no such company should ever receive a new contract. Demand that Congress investigate how this could have happened, by signing our petition below.  We’ll deliver your signatures to Capitol Hill.

Petition to Demand Hearings on Substandard Helmet Procurement

We the undersigned call upon the United States Congress to investigate how Sioux Manufacturing received a contract from the Bush Administration’s Pentagon to produce Kevlar helmets for our troops, after the company was found to have previously produced substandard helmets in the past.

As detailed by the New York Times:

“A North Dakota manufacturer has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a suit saying it had repeatedly shortchanged the armor in up to 2.2 million helmets for the military, including those for the first troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Twelve days before the settlement with the Justice Department was announced, the company, Sioux Manufacturing of Fort Totten, was given a new contract of up to $74 million to make more armor for helmets to replace the old ones, which were made from the late 1980s to last year.”

For years, Sioux Manufacturing had produced helmets that were far weaker than required by the U.S. Military and covered it up.  Again, the New York Times reports:

In a conversation Mr. Kenner secretly taped, Rhea Crane, quality assurance officer, worried "if we ever had someone get killed, and they decided to investigate because they thought maybe the helmet wasn't any good."
"If we ever got audited," she said, "you know what they would do to us. Shut us down and fine us big time. Probably never see another government contract."

Additionally, on November 12, 2007, the Bismarck Tribune reported that Sioux, also while being sued, received one of three contracts to produce MRAPs for the troops.

Sioux should have never gotten another contract, and yet they got two, even as the company was being sued by the government.  Congress must immediately investigate how this was allowed to happen.

Sioux should have never gotten another contract, and yet they did, even as the company was being sued by the government.  Congress must immediately investigate how this was allowed to happen.

25-50 of 17855 signatures
Number Date Name Please add you comments - this is optional
17830 August 08, 2012 Reverend Mary Lee
17829 August 08, 2012 Jeffrey Young
17828 August 08, 2012 Marc Norris
17827 August 08, 2012 Tanya Franklin
17826 August 08, 2012 LCDR Donald Richardson
17825 August 08, 2012 enegue royster
17824 August 08, 2012 Juanita Johnson
17823 August 08, 2012 Barbara Solari
17822 August 08, 2012 Barbara King
17821 August 08, 2012 Kevin Blue
17820 August 08, 2012 linda lewison
17819 August 08, 2012 Barbara Litke
17818 August 08, 2012 larraine johnson
17817 August 08, 2012 Anita Srivastava
17816 July 04, 2012 JD FOOS
17815 July 04, 2012 JD FOOS
17814 May 15, 2012 Sandra Adams
17813 April 10, 2012 robert camilli
17812 March 30, 2012 RASHID EL AMIN
17811 March 21, 2012 RODGER ECCLEFIELD
17810 March 11, 2012 Kenneth Householder
17809 March 09, 2012 David Secor
17808 February 04, 2012 Rodney Mueller
17807 February 01, 2012 oscar DeBardeleben
17806 February 01, 2012 W.T. Jeanpierre
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