Rep. Walter Jones signs each letter personally as penance, he says, for voting for the Iraq war in 2002.
The Pentagon is awaiting final word from the president on a proposal to send nearly 4,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.
Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.
According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.
Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has lambasted the Obama administration for its announcement that it will cut 8 percent out of the military budget and reduce standing army troop levels to their lowest since before World War II.
"Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays," President Obama declared Friday, helpfully noting that this withdrawal plan makes good on one of his campaign promises. No doubt what he said strikes fear in the hearts of Republican presidential hopefuls and their supporting casts.