Dear Supporter Ji,
As a proud Sikh American and member of the United States Army, I write to request less than a minute of your time.
As you know, the Sikh Coalition and the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP have stood with Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan, Specialist Simran Preet Singh Lamba and me every step of the way as we became the first three Sikhs in over 25 years to be accepted into the United States Army with our full Sikh articles of faith intact.
Over the past three and half years, we have proven what so many already know-- that Americans like us can be proud Sikhs and great soldiers at the same time.
While we are grateful for our individual accommodations to maintain our Sikh articles of faith, these accommodations are not guaranteed, and the general rule remains that devout Sikhs must remove their Sikh articles of faith in order to serve.
This policy of exclusion must end, and we need your help to end it.
Today, the next battle begins to ensure that our military accepts all capable Sikh soldiers who wish to maintain their articles of faith.
I respectfully ask that you sign a petition to President Obama requesting that the United States military allow all Sikhs to serve in our country with their articles of faith.
Over the coming weeks and months --- for as long as it takes --- the Sikh Coalition, Captain Rattan, Specialist Lamba, and I will be writing to you requesting your assistance in support of this historic campaign. We will tell you our stories in the hope that they will motivate you to take action to promote equal opportunity in our nation's most prominent and revered institution.
Earlier this week, the New York Times wrote about the campaign to ensure Sikh Americans are accepted into the military. We have momentum, but we have to keep it up.
Please start helping us today by signing a petition to President Obama and sharing it with your friends via email, Facebook, and Twitter.
We'll be writing again soon. Until then, stay in Chardi Kala (a state of optimism), and spread the word to your friends and family.
Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi
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