Military Families to Obama: If you want to support us, end the wars

Members of Military Families Speak Out will be watching President Obama’s State of the Union address this evening, and though they know the focus will be on jobs and strengthening the economy, they’ll be listening closely for any mention of ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I’m heartened to hear about President Obama’s pledge Monday for unprecedented support for military families. The best thing he could do to support us is to bring all the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m proud of my son for serving, but like most Americans don’t believe that how he is being used is actually making us any safer,” said MFSO member Pat Alviso, whose son is currently serving in Afghanistan.

Members of Military Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families Speak Out are available for interviews about the State of the Union. If you are looking for a family with a specific story, please contact Samantha Miller, MFSO’s Communications Coordinator, for more information –, 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 recently 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 are 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.

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