The American Conservative Union issued the following release today: ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth will be presented with the American Conservative Unionâ€™s â€œCourage Under Fire Awardâ€ ¬Ě at the 32nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), ACU Chairman David A. Keene announced today. The award will take place during CPACâ€™s annual Ronald Reagan Banquet, February 18, 2005. â€œFor a second time, the Swift Boat veterans stepped up to serve their country honorably and courageously by telling the truth about John Kerryâ€™s tour of duty in Vietnam,â€ ¬Ě Keene said. â€ ¬ĚDespite vilification, character assassination, and the hostility of the elite media, these veterans dared to tell a side of the story that the American people otherwise would not have heard. John Kerry truly was unfit to serve as commander-in-chief and these veterans had the courage to say so publicly.â€ ¬Ě Previous recipients of ACUâ€™s Courage Under Fire Award include Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton and Chief M.G. Buthelezi of South Africa. The award is not given annually, but only in those years in which someone has shown exceptional courage under fire. â€œThese Vietnam veterans did not have to stand up and expose themselves to the opprobrium of the liberal media,â€ ¬Ě Keene noted. â€œThey could have remained silent, comfortably out of the public eye and the line of fire. But they put the good of their country ahead of their own personal interests.â€ ¬Ě On behalf of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, John Oâ€™Neill said: â€œWe are honored that the American Conservative Union has chosen our organization to receive this award. We did not go into this seeking recognition for ourselves. We did it for the good the country, for all those who served honorably in Vietnam and who John Kerry slandered, and for all those fallen heroes who did not come home.â€ ¬Ě CPAC is a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation, in association with Young Americaâ€™s Foundation and Human Events. The conference is co-sponsored by over 70 of the nationâ€™s leading conservative organizations. For continued updates on the program or to register online, visit www.Conservative.org. â€œCPACâ€ ¬Ě is not a â€œpolitical action committee (PAC)â€ ¬Ě as defined by federal law. The conference name and initials predate the creation of those entities and is merely coincidental.
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