CRAWFORD, Texas - August 10 - 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. Celeste and her son Dante arrived in Crawford on Tuesday Aug. 9; son Raphael will arrive Friday night Aug. 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, Aug. 9. Tammara's husband serves in the Army, stationed at Ft. Hood, and will be deploying to Iraq this fall.
- Lietta Ruger of Bay Center, Wash., will be arriving in Crawford Wednesday morning, Aug. 10. 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, Ga., will arrive in Crawford Wednesday morning Aug. 10. Linda and Phil have three sons and two 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 deployments.
- Jean Prewitt of Birmingham, Ala., will arrive in Crawford on Wednesday morning, Aug. 10. 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, Mo., is driving to Crawford and arriving Wednesday evening, Aug. 10. Valarie's son serves in the Marines and will be deploying to Iraq at the end of this month.
- Sherry Bohlen of Scottsdale, Ariz., is driving to Crawford and arriving on Wednesday evening, Aug. 10. Sherry's son serves in the Army and deployed to Iraq on June 10.
- Rebecca Bahr of Scottsdale, Ariz.,is driving to Crawford and arriving on Wednesday evening Aug. 10. Rebecca's daughter serves in the Marines and is currently stateside.
- Caryn Unsicker of Silvis, Ill., is driving to Crawford and arriving Wednesday evening, Aug. 10. Caryn's son serves in the Marines, currently stateside.
- Anne Sapp and her daughters Lydia (age 17) and Mary (age 8) of Billerica, Mass., will be arriving in Crawford on Thursday morning, Aug. 11. 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, Ark., will be arriving in Crawford on Thursday morning Aug. 11. 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, N.J., will be arriving in Crawford on Thursday morning Aug. 11. Sue's son, 1st Lieutenant Seth Dvorin, was killed in action near Iskandariyah, Iraq on Feb. 3, 2004. Sue is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.
- Kristin Williams and Matthew Williams of Dallas will be arriving in Crawford this weekend (Aug. 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, Calif., 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, Mass., will be arriving in Crawford on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Mimi's son serves in the Marines; he will be deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in the next two weeks.
- Eric Blickenstaff of Portland, Ore., 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 Dec. 8, 2003 in Balad, Iraq.