The Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour is pushing back it's launch date to better support Gen. Petraeus Testimony to Congress about Iraq. This will allow some more planning and should make the events even more powerful. The tour will end with the second Troops on the Hill event where Congress wil hear from the very folks tasked with winning the war. The who, what and when will be out in the next week or so. You already know the why.
VFF has some very interesting news, and since I'm having lunch with Pete tomorrow I'll get some more info. They gave Blackfive this press release exclusively (until tomorrow).
Coast-to-Coast Bus Tour by War Heroes to Drum
Up Support for America’s Brave Troops
SAVE THE DATES
Feb. 24-Mar. 12
Monday, January 14, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WHO/WHAT: The Vets for Freedom National Heroes Tour (NHT) is a coast-to-coast bus tour to personally thank America’s men and women who risk their lives by having served—and currently serving—in the armed forces; to thank their families; and to rally support for commitment to completing the job in Afghanistan and Iraq.
There will be rotating groups of four, highly-decorated veterans carrying their personal stories and message to the American public in 15 states and Washington, D.C. Each of these heroes has an incredible story to tell, and is willing to answer questions about his/her tour and commitment to getting the job done in Iraq and Afghanistan. Three participants have published books about their experiences, and many others have noteworthy stories, including:
* David Bellavia—author of House to House (a memoir about house-to-house combat in Iraq), recipient of the Silver Star, and nominee for the Medal of Honor.
* Marcus Luttrell—sole survivor of a mission in which four Navy SEALS were sent into a Taliban stronghold on the Afghan-Pakistan border, Luttrell was badly injured yet managed to escape enemy capture and later author the New York Times-best selling book Lone Survivor.
* Marco Martinez—author of Hard Corps, Martinez grew up a gangster on the streets of Los Angeles and joined the Marine Corps to straighten out his life. He received the Silver Star for heroic action on the battlefield in Iraq.
* Steve Russell—led his battalion in the hunt for Saddam Hussein, eventually capturing the former dictator. One of a handful of Lieutenant Colonels to recieve the Silver Star for his actions Iraq.
In addition, the NHT heroes will be meeting with local heroes—veterans and their families—in each state. They too will be available for interviews.
WHEN: Feb. 24-Mar. 12 (Exact tour stops, dates and participants are still being determined—you will receive a detailed itinerary as soon as they are.)
You, your colleague and/or your photographer(s) are also invited to travel on the bus for all or a leg of the bus tour.
WHERE: From San Diego to Washington, DC,—and New York, NY—and points between. A rally in San Diego honoring veterans and their families will kick off the tour. After making multiple stops in 17 states, the tour will culminate in a major media event in Washington, DC, on March 11. There will be satellite media interviews available that morning with select members of a group of over 300 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who will participate in the event. Final details to come.
HOW: Contact Sanda Pecina (703-967-2676, [email protected])
Judy Mayka (202-338-4070, [email protected] )
Vets for Freedom is a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts by applying our first-hand knowledge to issues of American military strategy. For more information, please visit www.vetsforfreedom.org.
For more information or to schedule interviews with Pete Hegseth or other Iraq/Afghanistan veterans, please contact Brian Marriott at (703) 593-1679 or [email protected]