PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 26, 2008

Veterans for Obama Roll Out Pennsylvania Steering Committee
Rep. Patrick Murphy to lead conference call with reporters

PHILADELPHIA-Rep. Patrick Murphy will lead a conference call with reporters Friday morning to announce the formation of the Pennsylvania Veterans for Obama Steering Committee. Murphy, a veteran of the Iraq war, and 26 other former members of the Armed Forces and veterans' advocates will take the lead in telling Pennsylvanians why Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the right choice this year for veterans. Senator Obama has a long record of standing up for better treatment of America's veterans, including the 1.1 million who live in Pennsylvania.

A member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Obama is dedicated to fully funding the VA medical system, expanding treatment for mental health and brain injuries, rebuilding and repairing the military and enacting the new bipartisan GI Bill, which was signed into law in June. John McCain opposes all these measures, and earned a 20 percent rating from the Disabled American Veterans for his more than 30 votes in the Senate against veterans' benefits since 1987.

WHAT: Pennsylvania Veterans for Obama Steering Committee Rollout
WHO: Rep. Patrick Murphy
WHEN: Friday, 11 a.m.

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Rep. Patrick Murphy, 8th Congressional District, Army
Rep. John Murtha, 12th Congressional District, Marine Corps
Rep. Joe Sestak, 7th Congressional District, Navy
Rep. Chris Carney, 10th Congressional District, Naval Reserve
Phil Avillo, Purple Heart Recipient, Marine Corps
Larry Babitts, Purple Heart Recipient, Army
Ron Byrd, Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.), Army
Valerie Cortazzo, Navy
Hal Donahue, Great Lakes Regional Chair of Veterans for Obama, Air Force
Tom Dougherty, Former State Commander Veterans of Foreign Wars, Army
Michael Dunn, Brigadier General (Ret.), Army
Jay Dworin, Marine Corps
Greg Erosenko, Mayor of Monroeville, Air Force
Mark Harrison, Co-Chair Pennsylvania Veterans for Obama, Army
John Hugya, Chief of Staff to Rep. John Murtha, Marine Corps
Ed Jasiewicz, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), Marine Corps
Paul Lang, Candidate for State Senate, Coast Guard
Bryan Lentz, State Representative, Army Reserve
Melita McCully, Colonel (Ret.), Marine Corps
Tom McLane, Air Force
Lee Ann Pugliessi, Gold Star Wife, Army
Bob Roggio, Candidate for Congress, Army Reserve
Alycee Ruley, Co-Chair Pennsylvania Veterans for Obama, Marine Corps
Diane Santoriello, Gold Star Mother, Army
Geoff Smeltzer, Army
Walter Stewart, Major General (Ret.), Army National Guard
Jack Wagner, Auditor General, Marine Corps


For Immediate Release
Friday, September 26, 2008
Contact Pennsylvania Press Office