The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

Sean Donahue, Communications Director

Military Families Take Message to Denver:

Bring Our Troops Home From Iraq Now!


Members of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), a national organization of military families opposed to the war in Iraq, will be in Denver, CO this week during the Democratic National Convention to bring party leaders the message that they want the next President to bring all U.S. troops home from Iraq quickly and safely and give them the care they need when they return.

The organization will bring the same message to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN next week.

Members available for interview include:

Richard Morgan of Temple, TX, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention whose son is in the Army and has already served one tour of duty in Iraq. Morgan is a psychotherapist with a practice near Fort Hood in Killeen, TX, who treats many soldiers, veterans, and military family members.

Rossana and Arturo Cambron of Whittier, CA who also have son in the Army who has served one tour of duty in Iraq. The Cambrons are able to give interviews in both English and Spanish.

Vrnda Dasi Noel of Denver, CO whose son served as an Army Combat Medic in Iraq. Her son. Sgt. Eli Wright (USAR, Ret.) is also available for interviews.

Elaine Brower of New York, NY whose son is in the Marine Reserves and has served two tours of duty in Iraq and will soon deploy for a third.

Tim Kahlor of Temecula, CA whose son sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury while serving in the Army in Iraq and has also suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Pat Alviso and Jeff Merrick of Long Beach, CA whose son served in Iraq with the Marines.

Cathy Smith of Belton, MO whose son, Tomas Young was shot and paralyzed while serving in the Army in Iraq. Young is the subject of the film "Body of War" which will be showing in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. She also has another son in the Army who is currently in Iraq.

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) is an organization of people opposed to the war in Iraq who have relatives or loved ones who are currently in the military or who have served in the military since the buildup to the Iraq war in the fall of 2002. Formed by two families in November of 2002, we have contacts with military families throughout the United States, and in other countries around the world. Our membership currently includes over 3,400 military families, with new families joining daily.