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Largest Group of MilitaryFamilies to March Against War in U.S. History


Contingent of Over 250 Military Families to Join Tens of Thousands in
Massive March and Rally Against Iraq War

Largest Group of MilitaryFamilies to March Against War in U.S. History

WASHINGTON, DC - This Saturday, Sept. 24, a contingent of over 250 military
families from 42 states and the District of Columbia will join Iraq War
Veterans and Veterans from previous wars, to march among tens of thousands
of people from across the country in a massive march and rally against the
Iraq War, organized by United for Peace and Justice.

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 10:00 A.M.

WHAT: Media Availability: Military Families Available for Interview before
massive march and rally

WHO: Military Families with loved ones in Iraq, about to deploy or redeploy
to Iraq; and Gold Star Families whose loved ones died as a result of the war
in Iraq. Families will be forming up for contingent that also includes Iraq
War and other Veterans.

WHERE: 15th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, behind the Camp Casey D.C.
Memorial Tent and the Arlington West Memorial for the fallen.

Available for Interview:

The following military and Gold Star families will be participating in the
march and rally on Saturday and are available for interview. For a full list
of those available for interview, see www.mfso.org

Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson of Boston, Massachusetts whose son
served with the Marines in Iraq in spring, 2003. He is now in the Individual
Ready Reserves and eligible for re-deployment. Nancy and Charley are
co-founders of Military Families Speak Out, which began with two families in
November, 2002, and currently has a membership of 2,500 military families.

Amy Campbell-Pittz of Antioch, Tennessee whose husband, a Sergeant in the
Army, deployed for Iraq three days ago, on September 21, 2005. Her uncle is
a Colonel in the Marines, and is currently serving his second tour of duty
in Iraq.

Connie Cominsky of St. Louis, Missouri whose step-son, niece and nephew
serve in the military; some have served multiple tours of duty in Iraq; one
is scheduled to be newly deployed. Her brother recently received an
honorable discharge from the Marine Corps; he too had served in Iraq.

Linda Englund of Chicago, Illinois whose son served in Iraq in the Army from
February to December, 2004, and was wounded. He received two Purple Hearts
and a Bronze Star; he is currently stationed in Germany and may be
re-deployed to Iraq.

Monica Evans of Mililani, Hawaii whose husband, an officer in the Army,
recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.

H. Elaine Johnson of Orangeburg, South Carolina whose son Spc. Darius
Jennings, was killed in action in Iraq on November 2, 2003 when his Chinook
helicopter was shot down, taking his life and the lives of fifteen other
soldiers.

Dexter and Gretchen Kamilewicz of Orr's Island, Maine whose son is in the
Vermont National Guard and has been serving in Ramadi, Iraq since July,
2005. Their son's unit was going on missions with unarmored humvees. Their
son's notification of his Congressional delegation resulted in the unit
being provided with armored humvees, which recently saved his life as well
as the lives of others in his unit.

Kevin, Joyce, and Debra Lucey of Belchertown, Massachusetts. Kevin and
Joyce's son and Debra's brother , Cpl. Jeffrey Lucey, served in the Marine
Reserves during the invasion of Iraq in spring and summer, 2003. He began
showing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within six months of his
return from Iraq. On June 22, 2004 his father found him hanging by a garden
hose from the rafters in their basement.

Anne Roesler of Saratoga, California whose son, a Staff Sergeant in the 82nd
Airborne Division, based at Ft. Bragg, left on August 31, 2005 for his third
deployment to Iraq.

Diane Davis Santoriello and Neil A. Santoriello Sr. of Penn Hills,
Pennsylvania whose son, 1st Lt. Neil Santoriello served in the Army's 1
Division 34th Armored A company and was killed in action in Iraq on August
13, 2004.

Catherine Smith of Liberty, Missouri whose oldest son, Tomas Young, served
in the Army and was paralyzed in Iraq. Her second son is deploying in
November, 2004. Tomas and his wife will be accompanying Catherine to
Washington, D.C. for the demonstration.

Beatriz Saldizar of Ft. Worth, Texas whose nephew Daniel Torres was killed
when an IED exploded and hit his unarmored humvee in Baygii, Iraq on
February 4, 2005. He was on his second tour of duty, and was in Iraq because
of a stop-loss order. His wife just had their baby in September, 2005.
Beatriz participated in the Bring Them Home Now Tour (see
www.bringthemhomenowtour.org) from Crawford, TX to Washington, D.C. Beatriz
can do interviews in English and Spanish.

Kellisa Stanley of Killeen (Ft. Hood), Texas whose husband has served a
one-year tour of duty in Iraq and is due to redeploy to Iraq later this
year. Kellisa participated in the Bring Them Home Now Tour and was on the
Central Bus across the U.S. from Crawford, TX to Washington, D.C.

Denise Thomas of Atlanta, Georgia whose daughter served in the Army and was
sent to Baghdad despite being pronounced "medically unfit" and
"undeployable" by two Army doctors. She returned home, but may be
re-deployed in the future. Denise's husband also serves in the Army and may
deploy in the future.

Phil and Linda Waste of Hinesville, Georgia whose three sons and two
grandchildren are active-duty military. Together they have served a total of
58 months on tours of duty in Iraq. Several are currently serving in Iraq,
and have served extended and multiple deployments. The Wastes participated
in the Bring Them Home Now Tour and road on the Southern Bus across the U.S.
from Crawford, TX to Washington, D.C.

Joe Wyatt and son Daniel Wyatt of Hurricane, West Virginia. Daniel Wyatt
received an honorable discharge from the US Marine Corps in February, 2005
after serving two tours in Iraq. The first tour was during the initial
invasion of Baghdad; his unit suffered two casualties. His second tour was
in the Anbar Province on the Syrian border, in the town of al Qaim; his unit
there suffered 29 casualties.

For further information:
Military Families Speak Out: www.mfso.org

Gold Star Families for Peace: www.gsfp.org

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW CONTACT: Ryan Fletcher
202-641-0277
September 23, 2005 Katya
Kruglak 703-304-5075

Nancy Lessin 617-320-5301

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