August 10, 2005
Contact: Ryan Fletcher 202-641-0277
Dante Zappala 215-520-7040
Gold Star and Military Families Arrive in Crawford, Texas
Call on President Bush to Meet with Cindy Sheehan and All of the Families,
And to Bring The Troops Home Now!
CRAWFORD, TX - Members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military
Families Speak Out are beginning to arrive 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.
The following Gold Star and Military Families Speak Out members are
available for interview:
Celeste, Dante and Raphael Zappala of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Celeste
and her son Dante arrived in Crawford on Tuesday August 9; son Raphael
will arrive Friday night August 12. Celeste's son Sgt. Sherwood Baker
(Dante and Raphael's brother) was the first Pennsylvania National
Guardsman to die in combat since World War II. He was killed in action in
Baghdad on April 26, 2004 while searching for non-existent WMD's. Celeste
is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.
Tammara Rosenleaf of Belton, Texas arrived in Crawford on Tuesday, August
9th. Tammara's husband serves in the Army, stationed at Ft. Hood, and will
be deploying to Iraq this fall.
Lietta Ruger of Bay Center, Washington will be arriving in Crawford
Wednesday morning, August 10th. Lietta's son-in-law and nephew serve in
the 1st Armored Division of the U.S. Army and are currently in Germany.
They have both served extended 15-month tours of duty in Iraq; they are
both under stop-loss orders and due to re-deploy to Iraq this fall.
Linda and Phil Waste of Hinesville, Georgia will arrive in Crawford
Wednesday morning August 10th. Linda and Phil have 3 sons and 2
grandchildren (a grandson and a granddaughter) who are active-duty
military. Together, they have already spent a total of over 57 months on
tours of duty in Iraq. Several of these children/grandchildren are
currently serving in Iraq, and have served extended and multiple
Jean Prewitt of Birmingham, Alabama will arrive in Crawford on Wednesday
morning, August 10th. Jean's son Private Kelly Prewitt was killed in
action during the first few weeks of the war in Iraq, on April 6, 2003.
Valarie Fletcher of Seymour, Missouri is driving to Crawford and arriving
Wednesday evening, August 10. Valarie's son serves in the Marines and will
be deploying to Iraq at the end of this month.
Sherry Bohlen of Scottsdale, Arizona is driving to Crawford and arriving
on Wednesday evening, August 10. Sherry's son serves in the Army and
deployed to Iraq on June 10, 2005.
Rebecca Bahr of Scottsdale, Arizona is driving to Crawford and arriving on
Wednesday evening August 10. Rebecca's daughter serves in the Marines and
is currently stateside.
Caryn Unsicker of Silvis, Illinois is driving to Crawford and arriving
Wednesday evening, August 10. Caryn's son serves in the Marines, currently
Anne Sapp and her daughters Lydia (age 17) and Mary (age 8) of Billerica,
Massachusetts will be arriving in Crawford on Thursday morning, August
11th. Anne's husband/Lydia and Mary's father is a Staff Sergeant in the
Massachusetts National Guard and currently serving in Iraq.
Barbara Porchia of Camden, Arkansas will be arriving in Crawford on
Thursday morning August 11th. Barbara's son, Army Reservist Private 1st
Class Jonathan Cheatham, was killed in action in Baghdad two years ago, on
July 26, 2003.
Sue Niederer of Pennington, New Jersey will be arriving in Crawford on
Thursday morning August 11th. Sue's son, 1st Lieutenant Seth Dvorin, was
killed in action near Iskandariyah, Iraq on February 3, 2004. Sue is a
co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.
Kristin Williams and Matthew Williams of Dallas, Texas will be arriving in
Crawford this weekend (August 13-14). Matthew Williams is an Iraq War
Veteran who served as a combat medic for one year in Iraq (2003-2004). He
was honorably discharged from the Army. Kristin is his sister.
Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, California will be arriving in Crawford in
the next several days. Bill's son Sgt. Michael Mitchell was killed in
action in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004, along with Cindy Sheehan's son
Spc. Casey Sheehan. Bill is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.
Mimi Evans of Hyannis, Massachusetts will be arriving in Crawford on
Tuesday, August 16th. Mimi's son serves in the Marines; he will be
deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in the next two weeks.
Eric Blickenstaff of Portland, Oregon will be arriving in Crawford early
next week. Eric's brother Spc. Joseph Blickenstaff served in the Army and
was killed when his Stryker vehicle rolled into a ditch on December 8,
2003 in Balad, Iraq.