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Monday, September 10, 2007


“You Voted Unanimously to Confirm Him,
Now Stand By Him and The Troops” Says Marine Mom

“I am calling on Congress to formally apologize to General Petraeus,”
Says Gold Star Mom

As the national “Fight for Victory Tour” caravan crosses the nation in a 4,384-mile trek to proclaim support for the missions of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan , the leaders of the effort are now speaking out in response to attacks by members of Congress against the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq , General David Petraeus.

“As the mother of a Marine who has served in Iraq, and as an American who loves her country, I am appalled to see members of Congress purposely engaging in a political campaign to smear the reputation of one of the finest commanders in the United States military,” said Deborah Johns. Johns is Director of Military Relations for Move America Forward, and her son (U.S. Marine SGT William Johns) has already served 3 tours of duty in Iraq . She is currently taking part in the national “Fight for Victory Tour.”

Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee, who is also traveling with the “Fight for Victory Tour” national pro-troop caravan, appealed to those in Congress who intimated they did not believe General Petraeus was truthful, to apologize for their statements and accusation.

“I am calling on Congress to formally apologize to General Petraeus. General Petraeus has led a successful military campaign in Iraq , and what does he get for it? Nothing but attacks, lies and smears. Congress should be celebrating General David Petraeus as an American hero who has helped make critical progress in the most important military effort this nation has ever been involved in,” said Gold Star Mother Debbie Lee.

Debbie Lee’s son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy Seal to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“My son willingly laid down his life for his country, and I know he is looking down on us right now and wondering what on earth are we doing when certain people in Congress would attack a general who has made such terrific progress in the war on terrorism. Has politics sunk to such a low that some people think it’s ok to hurl accusations against the most honorable people in our society such as the officers and generals of the United States military?” asked Debbie Lee.

Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee and Blue Star Mom Deborah Johns are leading Move America Forward’s “Fight for Victory Tour,” a national cross-country pro-troop caravan that is crossing the nation. The caravan kicked off Monday, September 3rd and has already conducted pro-troop rallies in Carson City, NV; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco, CA; Modesto, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; Yuma, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; El Paso, TX; Sonora, TX; San Antonio, TX; Waco, TX; Crawford, TX; Dallas, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Wichita, KS; and St. Louis, MO.

To schedule an interview or speak with Ms. Johns, Ms. Lee or any of the other caravan participants please contact Robert Dixon via cell phone at: (916) 719-2421

Move America Forward’s “Fight for Victory Tour” is a national pro-troop caravan that will travel 4,384 miles across the country in support of the missions of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan . The caravan is hosting 27 pro-troop rallies along the way.

More details are available online at:

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