Introducing the new MFSO Media Team!

Introducing  the new MFSO Media Team!

Melissa Castaneda
Press Releases

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
Media Contact

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 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).   

One thought on “Introducing the new MFSO Media Team!”

  1. My son is a Marine Corps Captain who has been deployed 7 times in harm’s way. He is married and had the young children.
    I am, of course, terrified of Trump’s next move. I have no expectation that Congress will curb his impulsive actions that may lead us into another war.

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