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Join us at the VFP & IVAW Convention Aug 3-7

update: VFP has set up a special registration page for MFSO members and is offering a special discount for any spouses interested in attending! Click here to register

Join us in Portland, Oregon August 3rd through 7th for the 2011 National Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War Convention.  The staff of MFSO will be attending along with our many members who are also members of Veterans for Peace.  If you are in the region, we encourage you to attend this weekend to connect with MFSO and our sister organizations, attend workshops, and participate in discussions about what our movement should be doing to bring these wars to an end and take care of returning service members.

We will be hosting a Military Family Meet-Up from 11:30am-1:30pm on Saturday, August 6th at PSU, Lincoln Hall, Room 121

Questions? Email samantha@mfso.org

MFSO Schedule @ the VFP Convention

Wednesday August 3rd

5-7pm Opening Reception – Poolside @ University Place Hotel

8pm Poetry Reading/Open Mic – University Place Hotel

Thursday August 4th

10:30am-12:30pm Opening Ceremony & Plenary – Lincoln Hall Auditorium

12:30-1:45pm Lunch on Your Own

1:45-3:15pm Workshop Block 1

3:45-5:15pm Workshop Block 2

5:15-7:30pm Dinner on Your Own

7:30-10pm The Moral Revolution (public event) – First Congregational Church

Friday August 5th

9-10:15am Plenary on PTSD, MST, TBI and other Veterans’ Health Issues with featured guests: Ed Tick, David Philipps, Darcela Craven, Barry Jones and Jessica Goodell

10:30am-12pm Workshop Block 3

12-1pm Pick up boxed lunch

12:15-2pm Lunch Caucus Meetings

2:15-3:45pm Workshop Block 4

4-6pm Plenary: “Resilience & Resistance” and Discussion: “Future of the Veterans Peace Movement, or, How DO we end war?”

7-10pm Buffet Dinner & Speak Out – open mic starts at 8pm

Saturday August 6th

11:30am-1:30pm Military Family Meet-Up hosted by MFSO – Lincoln Hall Room 121

1:30-2:45pm Lunch at Iranian Summer Festival on Park Blocks, PSU

3-5pm Plenary: “The Silent Truth”

6:30-10pm Banquet

Sunday August 7th

12:30pm Hiroshima Nagasaki Anniversary – No More Nukes Rally and March with VFP – Peace Memorial Park

Say Your Peace Video Contest

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows invites you to participate in our SAY YOUR PEACE video contest.

First place winners from each of three age groups will receive $1,000 cash awards.

Deadline for entry is August 15, 2011.

No video experience is required to participate.

Click here for more information.

Commemorating 6,000 service members killed in Iraq & Afghanistan

On April 26th,  we marked a tragic milestone: 6,000 U.S. service members have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We mourn for these lost lives, as well as those who’ve taken their own lives as a result of their experiences. We extend our deepest condolences to all Gold Star families, and honor those who have chosen to speak out and channel their grief into ensuring that no other family goes through what they have gone through.

What you can do:

  • Volunteer to send condolence cards to Gold Star families who are MFSO members. To volunteer, write to samantha@mfso.org
  • Let other families know about the resource page we provide to help families cope.

On Veteran’s Day, Military Families Remember the True Costs of War

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Military Families Available for
Interview

November 10, 2010
Contact: Samantha Miller
818-419-6994, Samantha@mfso.org

On Veteran’s Day, Military Families Remember the True
Costs of War

This Thursday, much of the country will commemorate Veterans Day with the usual mix of parades, ceremonies, and clearance sales. For families with loved in ones in the military, those caring for recently returned veterans, and those grieving for loved ones who died as a result of their military service, this day has a much more personal meaning. Members of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), the largest organization of military families to speak out against war in the history of the U.S., are asking that
this Veteran’s Day, Americans look at what the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing each and every one of us.

Military families pay the ultimate cost of the wars: their loved ones serving multiple deployments to efforts that are not making us safer, returning home to limited job prospects and inadequate care, or not
returning home at all Every American, however, is paying the costs of wars whether they realize it or not. In
fiscal year 2011, it is projected that American taxpayers will contribute $119.4 billion towards the war in Afghanistan.[i] While the Pentagon has submitted a proposal to increase their budget by $500 billion in the next 10 years, the Obama administration is proposing a 3 year freeze on “discretionary spending,” the money which goes towards things like transportation, education, and housing.

“For the countless Americans whose lives have not been touched by these wars, Veteran’s Day is a convenient once-a-year effort to express support and reverence for our troops. For us, a family who has borne the cost, Veteran’s Day is just another day of pain, grief, and anxiety,” said Adele Kubein of Corvallis, Oregon, “We had to fight for five years just to get complete medical care for my disabled veteran. Where is the support and reverence when we need it?”

Adele’s daughter served in Iraq with the Army National Guard and became disabled as a result of her service.

Oregon is one of 48 states currently experiencing a state budget crisis, and has undergone cuts in state money for education and wage cuts and furloughs for state employees[ii]. Meanwhile, taxpayers in Corvallis, Oregon will contribute $17 million towards the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2011[iii].

Members of Military Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families Speak Out are available for interviews about Veterans Day and the cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you are looking for a family with a specific story, please contact Samantha Miller, MFSO’s Communications Coordinator, for more information – Samantha@mfso.org, 818-419-6994

MFSO is a national organization of thousands of military families working to bring all U.S. troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, secure the care that our troops, veterans, and military families need, and support a foreign policy that will not lead us into such wars again. Gold Star Families Speak
Out is a chapter of Military Families Speak Out made up of families whose loved ones died as a result of these wars.

MFSO has just launched a new national campaign, The True Costs of War, highlighting the human and financial costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Using online tools, local events, media outreach and grassroots lobbying, we will be working to strengthen the voices of military families and build alliances with other organizations who agree that our troops and tax dollars belong at home.

For more information about Military Families Speak Out, please visit: http://www.mfso.org

For more information about Gold Star Families Speak Out, please visit http://www.gsfso.org


[i]
National Priorities Project, Federal Budget Trade-Offs, http://nationalpriorities.org/en/tools/tradeoffs/state/US/program/13/tradeoff/0

[ii] National Priorities Project, “U.S. Jobs and
the Economic Crisis: Local Impacts and Federal Initiatives, http://nationalpriorities.org/en/publications/pdf-viewer/us-jobs-and-budget-crises-local-impacts/OR/