Dear Supporter Ji:
Last month, Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi published a powerful essay in Stars & Stripes, a military newspaper authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Click here to read the essay.
If you feel inspired by Major Kalsi’s essay—which summarizes the proud military history of the Sikhs and our community’s current struggle to win equal opportunity in the U.S. Armed Forces—please share the essay with your friends and neighbors.
You Can Take Action
If you live in the United States, you can show appreciation for Major Kalsi by calling your member of Congress. The Sikh Coalition has already laid the groundwork. All you have to do is make a short phone call to your representative’s office and request that they sign a “Dear Colleague” letter in support of equal opportunity for Sikhs who wish to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Click here to find your member of Congress.
Here is a sample script:
“Hello, my name is ____________. As your constituent, I request that my member of Congress sign a Dear Colleague letter in support of equal opportunity for Sikhs who wish to practice their religion in the U.S. Armed Forces. Currently, Sikhs who wear turbans and maintain unshorn hair and beards are not allowed to enter basic training to demonstrate their ability to serve. They face outright rejection or must repeatedly apply for temporary waivers that take months to be approved and can be revoked at any time. Sikhs serve in the Armed Forces of Canada, India, and the United Kingdom, and I believe they should be allowed to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.”
We will send you updates throughout the week on our progress. As of now, 60 members of Congress have signed the letter, but we would like to grow this number. Your calls will help us get there.
Director of Law and Policy
The Sikh Coalition
If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please click here.