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More Gold Star and Military Families Join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 15, 2005
6:39 PM CONTACT: Military Families Speak Out / Gold Star Families for Peace
Ryan Fletcher 202-641-0277
Nancy Lessin 617-320-5301

More Gold Star and Military Families Join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford
Vow to Stand Vigil Until End of August; Call for Troops to be Brought Home Now

CRAWFORD, Texas - August 15 - More Members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military
Families Speak Out from Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and Ohio are arriving in Crawford, Texas to add their voices to Cindy Sheehan's, calling for a meeting with President Bush and for troops to be brought home now. Over 30 military family members have joined the vigil in Crawford, with more arriving daily.

The following Gold Star and Military Families Speak Out members are available for interview and are arrving this week in Crawford:

Beatriz Salidvar of Fort Worth, TX arrived in Crawford last week. Her nephew Daniel Torres was killed February 4th, 2005 in Baygii 155 miles north of Baghdad on his 2nd tour of Iraq. IED device exploded and hit his unarmored Humvee.

Mary Ann Macombie of Atlanta, Georgia arrived in Crawford on Saturday, August 13. Mary Ann's son Sgt. Ryan Campbell served in the Army and was killed in action south of Baghdad on April 29, 2004.

Paula Rogovin of Teaneck, New Jersey arrived in Crawford on Saturday, August 13th. Paula's son is a Lieutenant in the U.S.Marine Corps, and has not yet been deployed to Iraq.

Pat Vogel of Barrington, Illinois arrived in Crawford on Sunday, August 14th. Pat's son, a member of the Army Reserves, served in Bacuba, Iraq from March 2003 - March 2004. He joined Iraq Veterans Against the War (www.ivaw.net) when he returned from serving in Iraq.

Mimi Evans of W. Barnstable, Massachusetts will be arriving in Crawford on Tuesday, August 16th. Mimi's son serves in the U.S. Marine Corps; he will be deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in the next week.

Linda Englund of Chicago, Illinois will be arriving in Crawford on Tuesday, August 16th. Linda's son served in the Army in Iraq from February to December, 2004. He was wounded in Iraq and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He is currently stationed in Germany and may be re-deployed to Iraq.

Michelle DeFord of Salem, Oregon will be arriving in Crawford on Wednesday, August 17th. Michelle's son Sgt. David W. Johnson served in the Oregon National Guard and was killed in action near Baghdad on Sept 25, 2004 when his convoy hit by an IED (improvised explosive device).

Adele Kubein of Corvalis, Oregon will be arriving in Crawford on Saturday, August 20. Her daughter is in the Oregon National Guard; she was wounded in Iraq during her tour of duty from April, 2003 to January, 2004, and was injured in Iraq.

Steve Fryburg of Bellbrook, Ohio will be arriving in Crawford on Sunday, August 21st. Steve's son, currently a member of the Army's Individual Ready Reserves, served for six months in Iraq and may be activated to serve another tour. Steve is himself a member of Veterans for Peace and served in the U.S. Army from 1974-1977.

Deb Hagerman of Beaver Creek, Ohio will be arriving in Crawford on Sunday, August 21st. Her husband is in the Navy Reserve and was deployed overseas at the start of the Iraq War. His contract with the military extends for several more years, and he may be deployed to Iraq during that time.

Beth Lerman of Dayton, Ohio will be arriving in Crawford on Sunday, August 21. Her oldest son is a Veteran of the first Gulf War; her daughter-in-law currently serves with the Air Force; and her youngest son entered the Coast Guard two and a half years ago. Her daughter-in-law and youngest son have not yet been deployed to Iraq.

Teresa Dawson of Gahanna, Ohio will be arriving in Crawford on Tuesday, August 23. Her daughter serves in the Army Reserves; her son in the Ohio National Guard is currently serving in Iraq.

Karen Williams of Reynoldsburg, Ohio will be arriving in Crawford on Tuesday, August 23. Her son serves in the U.S. Marine Corps and has not yet been deployed to Iraq.

Other military families are expected to come in to Crawford from Vermont, Ohio, California and other states between now and August 31.

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Excellent News !

'Swiftboating' of Cindy Sheehan
Letters to the editor for Aug. 17, 2005
http://www.news-journalonline.com/
The attack machine (Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, etc.) has identified Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, as a threat worthy of a tarring and feathering by the swift-boat machinery. It seems appropriate to refer to this attack as a swift-boat attack, because it is becoming common to use "swiftboat" to mean trashing an individual until he or she has no credibility. This strategy worked well on presidential candidate John Kerry, who was "swiftboated" as someone who may have faked his medals (false accusation). Kerry didn't bother to defend himself until the smoke was too thick.
The attack machine has taken some information out of context concerning a meeting between Sheehan and Bush to try to discredit her. The attackers are using a note from a sister-in-law who says the whole family disagrees with Cindy and wishes she would stop her activities. The "family" members mentioned in the sister-in-law's note are anonymous, which leads to a little ambiguity.
In any case, we can all agree Sheehan lost a son and wants some answers. It doesn't matter if she changed her mind or accepts the encouragement of the left. "Swiftboating" will not work on her. She has answered the critics; some of her family members don't agree with her politics, which is true of most of us. She will remain in the ditch (or trenches) until President Bush walks or rides his 20-speed trail bike down the road to talk with her. Unless Bush does this, Sheehan's cause will grow.
JOHN H. GEORGE, Port Orange

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