Introducing the new MFSO Media Team!
Melissa Castaneda is a long-time MFSO member, community activist, campaign veteran, and outreach professional. While still in high school, she was a chosen as a Youth Columnist for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and wrote opinion columns about current events. As a Regional Partnership Specialist with the Census, she worked closely with and was trained by the Media Team. Melissa’s father and uncle served in the Vietnam War and her brother served in the Iraq War.
Tim Kahlor, a member of MFSO since 2006, is the father of Sgt Ryan Kahlor, who was wounded after serving two deployments in Iraq. Tim is nationally recognized for his work on calling members of the US Senate Armed Services Committee and numerous members of Congress. His family’s story has been featured on TV, radio, and in the national and international media. Tim’s goal has been putting a face on the horrors of war and bringing the battlefield home by talking about his son’s struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A tireless advocate for veteran’s care, he contributed to the first “Caregivers Guide for Military Families dealing with Traumatic Brain Injuries”.
ATTENTION: The MFSO Media Team needs your feedback on how the current events in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq are impacting your family members that have loved ones currently serving in the military or are veterans of post-911 wars. Please send us statements, so we can include them in future press releases.
Send an e-mail Tim Kahlor at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
1. Your Name, location, and relationship to the military
2. Statement on a current event and how it has or will impact your family’s life and your loved one who is currently or has served in the military. (Please do not include your military members name, unless they agree to it)
3. You may also include statements on other military issues that are important to you.
* Remember that facts are what wins the argument, but emotion is what gets people to listen to the facts, so speak from the heart.
Media Contacts Needed! If you know someone in the media or have been interviewed by the media, please send us the story and their contact information.
If you are ever interviewed by any form of media, please remember to always tell them you are a member of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO).
Sally Zhang of CCTV sent the video she did with two member of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Mary Hladky and Marcia Westbrook. She wanted MFSO’s input on the Iraq War. WATCH HERE! The video is 6 minutes long and starts out in Mandarin for the Chinese audience. (Note: The interview portions are in English).
Military Families Speak Out National Coordinator, Pat Alviso, was interviewed by David Swanson on Talk Nation Radio.
Pat is the mother of an active duty Marine and has helped lead three delegations to the White House. She has counseled thousands of military families, Gold Star families and active-duty military, providing support services, and creating forums and opportunities for them to speak out against the unjust wars in the Middle East. Her 40 years of experience in the classroom have allowed her to serve on the steering committee for the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, NNOMY.
Listen to the full radio program:
Pat Alviso will also be speaking at the No War 2016 Conference: