IDAHO PRESS – Veteran looking to Sen. Risch in efforts to pull Idaho troops out of the Middle East


MERIDIAN — Meridian resident Dan McKnight, 43, has two children in their 20s who could theoretically serve in the same war he did, he said. That doesn’t sit well with him.

McKnight is a veteran of 13 years, who served in the Idaho National Guard for 10 years. From 2005 through 2007, he was among the first combat units deployed to Afghanistan — the early years of the war.

McKnight is spearheading the surge in local activism aimed at bringing troops home from the Middle East. The efforts are directed at U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, who holds power on Senate foreign relations and intelligence committees.

“I am going to take a shot,” McKnight said. “I am tired of seeing my friends go to deployment over and over again. Some of my closest friends have been deployed four or five times.”

McKnight founded the Bring Our Troops Home organization in January, after Risch was appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The goal: to get Congress to pull troops out of the Middle East and bring them home.

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