VoteVets Announces Karen Meredith as New Military Families Liason

Washington, DC -  The nation’s largest progressive veterans group,, just got bigger.  The group announced, today, that Karen Meredith, a Gold Star Mother, has joined the organization as the group’s Military Families Liaison. 

VoteVets represents 128,594 military families, including 646 Gold Star family members. 

“I’m pleased to join a great veterans group like VoteVets,” Meredith said in a statement.  “Since its inception, VoteVets has expanded from a small group of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, to a nationwide group comprised of veterans of all wars and eras, and military families.   I look forward to helping the group grow even more, and help make the group even more representative of  the concerns of those families with a loved one in the military.” 

“We’re so happy to have an amazing woman like Karen join our group,” Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of said in a statement.  “Too often, when debating military and veterans issues, in Washington, military families don’t get the access and attention that they deserve.  We’re committed to changing that, and Karen will be a huge part of our expanding efforts.”

Karen Meredith is a Gold Star mother.  Her son, 1LT. Ken Ballard, first deployed to Iraq on Mother’s Day 2003.  She was notified of his death, on Memorial Day, 2004.   Ballard had been killed in combat, near Najaf, Iraq.

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 400,000 supporters, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.


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