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When: September 9, 10 & 11, 2008
Where:  The Cannon  Building Corner

I am very proud to say that this event by The Band of Mothers, The Gathering of Eagles and Free Republic, marks the one year anniversary of our proud stand on the Cannon Bldg Corner in support of our Heroes, our Brave Men and Women of the greatest military, the United States Military!  I am even more proud to say we stood proudly these three days to acknowledge the victories and GREAT accomplishments of our Soldiers...

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When: July 8th, 9th & 10th, 2008
Where:  The Cannon  Building Corner

The Band of Mothers and The Gathering of Eagles proudly gathered on the Cannon Bldg Corner, and reminded all those inside that building we stand proudly and gratefully for our Soldiers!  We had a great turnout and much support from those who passed by...

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When: June 3rd, 4th & 5th 2008
Where: The Cannon Building Corner

The Band of Mothers & friends stood on Pelosi's corner in DC, the Cannon Bldg corner, on June 3rd, 4th and 5th to once again remind our legislatures that we have Soldiers in harm's way and they need all their funding so they continue their victorious mission! 

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2008 Operation Recruiter Appreciation underway!

May 17, 2008

Our recruiters are our “First Line of Defense” and need to be recognized for their efforts.  In the past year, our recruiters have been under attack by insurgents right here at home!  As Americans we need to show them that we know they are important and we appreciate them. 

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The Band of Mothers stood strong on the corner of the Cannon Bldg in Washington, DC (Where Nancy Pelosi supposedly works) from April 7th, 8th and 9th to remind her and the Congress to support our Soldiers and the General. We will be among other supporters with Support our Troops signs.

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What: "Stand Up For Our Soldiers Against The Iraq Veterans Against The War:
Where: Joliet Library
Juliet, IL When:  Feb 28, 2008

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The Crazies Never Sleep

The Berkeley California council on Tuesday passed two resolutions condemning the Marines as part of a campaign by anti-war activists to shut down the recruiting center. The council also gave Code Pink, a leftist group that daily harasses the Marines with hate speech, a free parking place and noise permit.

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  A small group of volunteers in Oak Lawn, IL meet almost every week to pack and mail boxes to soldiers from the south side area or that have relatives in the same area. These soldiers in turn pass the material to their units and several units around them, continuously spreading out the good will from the community back home. It all started in March 2003 when a student’s parent from Mrs. Jacky’s early education classes at the Oak Lawn Park District was sent to Iraq. Items were collected and sent out weekly in small boxes. The soldiers’ names kept growing and so did the collections. Soon this group became known as “Mrs. Jacky’s Soldiers.”

  The soldiers who have returned all say the same thing in their thanks to this group, “It was not what you sent, but that you sent all the time to show us that someone back home cares about us.”  Their families also expressed their gratefulness that their soldier’s morale was being positively lifted with each box sent. Stamps, letters and items are accepted at Oak View Center at 4625 W 110th Street in Oak Lawn, IL 60453. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Jacky at 708-857-2200. Thank you for your positive thoughts for the soldiers! Mrs. Jacky: )

"New US battle rule: No fighting near Afghan homes"

Letter dated June 27, 2009, still waiting for an answer but if anyone wonders what is wrong in Afghanistan, this is what is wrong!

Click here to read the letter Beverly Perlson wrote and sent.


The Band of Mothers are the mothers of The Noble and Heroic Soldiers of the United States Military. We are dedicated in our mission to Step Up, Stand Up and Stick Up For Our Soldiers.

Goals:  To Proudly Seek, Garner and Nurture Support for our Soldiers.

Update on Sgt. Miller's hearing:

Sgt. Miller's hearing was held this past week and I can report it went extremely well. My understanding is a decision may come soon. There were 3 presenters at the hearing: Derrick's attorney, Retired Lt Col Colby Vokey, Derrick's former Retired Platoon Leader, Sgt Tenille, and Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert.

I was not at the hearing but my heart was with them all in spirit. I understand Derrick's attorney did an excellent job and his Platoon Leader Tenille made a compelling and emotional plea for his Brother, who he regards as an excellent Soldier.

I cannot express enough my deepest appreciation to Texas Congressman Gohmert for showing up and making a plea for Derrick. I made many appointments for Derrick's parents and we made many trips to the hill over a three year period, trying desperately to put together a Maryland Coalition in support of Sgt. Miller's release. I'll spare you the disappointing details of our attempts among the Maryland reps, let's just say there was no real fighting spirit for a Soldier who fought for them! Sgt. Miller, a Maryland Son, willingly deployed 3 times to protect his country. As a mother whose son served 4 deployments in this war, I find it deplorable that not one Congress person from his home state showed up at the clemency hearing to support Derrick and his heart broken mother and father. I write these words to publicly shame them!

So we sought help outside Maryland and we found it among Republican Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert and Texas Congressman Brian Babin! Both of these wonderful, caring and troop supporting Congressmen promised help, and they delivered. Congressman Babin sent a letter to President Trump (sent to all of you in a prior email) and Congressman Gohmert attended Derrick's clemency hearing! I understand he made a compelling plea on behalf of Derrick. I wish I could have been there to hug him and thank him. What absolutely wonderful American Patriots and Statesmen! For the rest of my life, Congressman Babin and Congressman Gohmert will be The Soldier's Congressmen!

Folks, please pick up your phones tomorrow and call Congressman Gohmert and Congressman Babin and thank them for caring enough about our Soldiers to take action on their behalf! It's so important to let them know that we appreciate their help!

Congressman Gohmert....202-225-3035
Congressman Babin........202-225-1555

You can also email The White House and ask President Trump to help Derrick:

This fight for Derrick isn't over until he is home with his family.

Below is the 4th letter I sent to the President over the last year, it may help you in your correspondence. I am happy to report I received a response back on March 15th and am waiting to hear from Brigadier General Brian Winski.

Please pray hard for Derrick and his family that he may finally go home!

A very special THANK YOU to all of you who wrote letters on Derrick's behalf over the years. I understand they were all presented at the hearing! God bless everyone of you for all you have done to help Derrick get home to his daughters before they are all grown up!

To a very special Troop supporter, Cindy, from one military mom to another, THANK YOU for always showing up! You are truly an amazing Patriot!

My letter is below, and just one last thing,

GOD BLESS TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


7 February 2018

President Donald J Trum
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC   20500

Dear President Trump,

I voted for you and I am so grateful for all the reverence and appreciation you are bringing to our military.  Our Troops finally have a Commander-in-Chief worthy of them and I thank you!

This is my fourth letter to you regarding Sgt. Derrick Miller, a three-time deployed Soldier who is currently serving a life sentence in Leavenworth.  Derrick volunteered for his last deployment, and in his efforts to protect his men and himself, he was ultimately sentenced to life in prison.

President Trump, I ask you again to show mercy toward Derrick and free him to go home to his family. Derrick acted to save the lives of his men. It is quite telling that at Derrick’s trial, many of the men who served with him attended and expressed their sadness at his conviction.  Soldiers don’t show that kind of loyalty and compassion to their comrades who they believe are murderers.  I know this, I raised a Soldier who served 4 deployments with the 82nd in this war.  

Mr. President, please intervene and release Derrick from the egregious life sentence he is serving. He has been in Leavenworth 8 long years.  If a traitor like Bowe Begdahl, who walked away from his brothers on the battlefield, is shown compassion and set free, surely a Soldier who acted to protect his Brothers should also be shown the same compassion and set free. 

We are so lucky, as a nation, to have such brave men as Sgt. Derrick Miller, who are willing to give their lives to keep us safe and free.  We should not abandon them when they take actions on the battlefield in hellish hot zones to protect their Brothers.  We should stand by our Sons!

With A Mother’s Heart,
Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers

Folks, please call your Congressmen and Senators and ask them to support this effort on behalf of our Soldiers in Leavenworth.  Please forward and twitter this article too.

Thank You,
Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers

Texas congressman asks Trump for full review of 'Leavenworth 10' cases
By Perry Chiaramonte
June 2, 2017

A Texas congressman is appealing to President Trump for a full review of cases involving a group of veterans, known as the Leavenworth 10, who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and are now imprisoned for battlefield crimes.

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, asked Trump in a letter to consider the immense pressure the men were under while fighting for their country.

“As you know, our troops face extremely difficult decisions while serving in the heat of battle,” reads a copy of the letter, which was obtained by Fox News.

“These moments present life-or-death consequences not only for them, but for the men and women with whom they serve. Far too often, we forget that a tiny fraction of our society has to shoulder the immense burden of these wars. These men and women voluntarily joined the military and answered our nation’s call to duty.”

The Leavenworth 10 are serving terms in the Fort Leavenworth penitentiary that range from 10 years to life. The soldiers and marines considered to be part of the Leavenworth 10 changes whenever one of them completes his sentence and another convicted veteran takes his place.

Babin’s appeal adds to those of veterans, their families, former congressmen and other supporters who believe justice is not always served when young service members’ fates are sealed in military courtrooms far removed from the heat of battle.

Many, including Babin, have taken issue with the imprisonment of these soldiers as the previous administration emptied the military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility of avowed terrorists while these servicemen have languished in another detention facility for actions on those same battlefields that their supporters say merit clemency.

“I’m certainly not excusing what these men may have done,” Babin told Fox News, “but the previous administration emptied the Guantanamo Bay facility of terrorists that returned right back to the battlefield.”

“Our troops face extremely difficult decisions when in battle,” he added. “These are life and death decisions they have to make. They are in intense situations that few can understand.”

Babin said that all he is requesting is a full review of the cases.

“This is something that should be looked at again,” he said. “Especially in light of all the clemencies that were issued to convicted terrorists.”

He also believes that Trump will be very responsive to his request.

“I’ve met with the President a few times and I know he is a great admirer of our military,” he said. “I feel confident that he will consider this issue.”

Some of the more better-known cases involve Army First Lt. Clint Lorance, Sgt. Derrick Miller and Master Sgt. John Hatley.

Sgt. Derrick Miller of Maryland was on a combat mission in a Taliban-held area of Afghanistan in September 2010 when he was warned the unit’s base had been penetrated. An Afghan suspected of being an enemy combatant was brought to Miller for interrogation and wound up dead. Miller claimed the suspect tried to grab his gun and that he shot him in self-defense. But he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Miller’s mother, Reneé Myers, says that she is relieved that some in congress are taking up the cause for the families of the Leavenworth 10.

“I’m overjoyed to see a letter to the president that specifically asks for action,” Myers told Fox News.

“After years and years fighting for my son, it’s good to see someone like Babin fight for us. He has had no type of relief in a sentence reduction,” she says. “None what-so-ever. At the bare minimum they should reduce his sentence. The military courts are not good enough at addressing these issues with these service members.”

Rep. Babin Requests Review of Cases Involving U.S. Troops Currently Imprisoned in Federal Prison for Actions Taken in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

Last September, we were able to secure an appointment with Congressman Babin (R, Texas) regarding relief/release of Sgt. Derrick Miller from Leavenworth, where his is serving a life sentence for his defensive actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

I cannot put into words how kind, concerned and respectful Congressman Babin was towards Derrick's parents, Renee and Craig Meyers.  He assured us in that meeting that he would take action on behalf of our Sons in Leavenworth and the letter below demonstrates his commitment to us. 

It is my hope that a review of Derrick's case will commence and he will be released to his family or, at the very least, he will receive a reduction in the egregious life sentence he is currently serving.

It is outrageous that terrorists were released from GITMO under the previous administration, while our Sons were never shown the same mercy and continue to sit in Leavenworth.  It is time our Sons to go home too!

I am hopeful that Congressman Elijah Cummings will sign onto this effort.  Sgt. Miller is from Maryland and Congressman Cummings told Derrick's mother he would help her Son.  It is time for him to keep this promise and sign onto this effort!

Please call your Congressmen and Senators and ask them to support this effort.  This should be a bipartisan effort!  Sgt. Miller did not serve in the military to protect just those who live in Maryland, he served three deployments serving and protecting every American in every state!

Please folks, Please help us with this effort and pick up your phones today, contact your representatives and ask them to support Congressman Babin's request to the President.

Congressman Babin's letter to the President is below.

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

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Rep. Babin Requests Review of Cases Involving U.S. Troops Currently Imprisoned in Federal Prison for Actions Taken in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) sent a letter to President Trump last week requesting a full review of each case involving any U.S. service member who is currently imprisoned in U.S. prisons for certain actions taken during combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Under the Obama Administration, we saw the continued release of violent terrorists from U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay – with many of them returning to the battle against U.S. forces,” the letter states. “Meanwhile, these young American men who answered the call to duty and put their lives on the line for our freedoms continue to languish in prison.

“I respectfully ask that your Administration fully review each case involving any American service member who is currently imprisoned for actions taken on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Such a review is an appropriate action given their previous service and sacrifice in defense of the United States.”

The full letter can be read here and below:

May 25, 2017

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

It is with great concern that I write you regarding U.S. service members currently imprisoned in U.S. prisons for certain actions taken during combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As you know, our troops face extremely difficult decisions while serving in the heat of battle. These moments present life-or-death consequences not only for them, but for the men and women with whom they serve.

As a veteran myself and the father of a highly decorated U.S. Navy SEAL with multiple deployments to Iraq, I have great respect and admiration for the young men and women who have served in these conflicts. 

Far too often, we forget that a tiny fraction of our society has shouldered the immense burden of these wars.  These men and women voluntarily joined the military and answered our nation’s call to duty.

Sadly, in some instances, it seems the military and previous administrations have been too quick and too severe in the punishments of these service members for certain decisions they made while serving in combat.  These service members were dealing with extremely intense situations that few can understand.

Let’s not forget that many of these service members, who remain incarcerated in U.S. prisons, saw their fellow troops killed or injured during hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan where over 6,000 Americans have been killed and over 50,000 injured. 

I have met with the parents and friends of some of these service members who are still incarcerated.  They are pleading for a simple review of these cases in hopes of a possible clemency or reduction in sentencing.  I believe that under the leadership of your new Administration we should take a fresh look at these cases.

Under the Obama Administration, we saw the continued release of violent terrorists from U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay – with many of them returning to the battle against U.S. forces.  Meanwhile, these young American men who answered the call to duty and put their lives on the line for our freedoms continue to languish in prison. 

Furthermore, on the way out of office, President Obama pardoned a traitor in Bradley Manning—someone who put the lives of American soldiers and allies at risk—while ignoring the pleas of the families of these American troops to simply review their incarceration.

I respectfully ask that your Administration fully review each case involving any American service member who is currently imprisoned for actions taken on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Such a review is an appropriate action given their previous service and sacrifice in defense of the United States.

Rep. Brian Babin
Member of Congress


Annual Cigar night for veterans and supporters at
Shelly’s Back Room in Washington, DC.

Below is the write-up and photos from Pepper Ailor of Freedom Alliance, who in conjunction with The Band of Mothers, held our annual Cigar Night for our Warriors at Shelly's Back Room in Washington, Dc this past Tuesday evening, May 9th.  It was a wonderful evening for all and it was an honor to be among these American Heroes for an entire evening! We stayed at Shelly's and we closed the place and that is and always will be our tradition because we relish every moment of this special night to be among these Heroes.  If only we could celebrate and honor these brave Americans every single night of the year!

My special thanks to Shelly's Back Room and their wonderful staff.  They have allowed us to hold Cigar Night for nine years at their legendary DC establishment and I cannot put into words how warm and kind Bob's staff is to our Warriors.  It is clear Shelly's supports our military and I am so very grateful for kindness and hospitality of their staff.  Next year will be our 10th anniversary of Cigar Night to honor our military Heroes and we look forward to a special night at Shelly's to commemorate this tradition!

To Katie, thank you for all your help in planning this wonderful event.  Katie was recently given a trophy that named her "The Connector", and she truly is a behind the scenes force that brings good people together who support this country and her military!  To Chad and Larry O'Connor and his lovely wife, Lucian Wintrich, Cindy and her son Hero Son Gavin, Chiefy, Phil and Heather, DC Brian and his Dad, and Maura, thank you all for attending.  I know you all feel as I do, that this event is an evening to elevate those among us who are so very noble and it is an absolute honor to be among these Warriors.  I thank you all for coming and making this evening another success.

To Andrew Marcus, writer/producer of "Hating Breitbart", thank you for coming all the way from Chicago!  You and Katie are the Best!  To our dear friend and huge military supporter, Jeannie Morris, thank you for coming all the way from Florida.  Unfortunately, Jeannie no sooner arrived and she had to go back to Florida to see about her Hero husband and Veteran, James.  He fell ill but I am happy to report he is doing okay now and all is well.   Next year Jeannie!!

To Dave Madaras, who was present back in 1983 in Beirut when the terrorists drove a truck into our Marine compound and killed 241 Marines, with all my heart, thank you for coming!  Meeting Dave has been an absolute honor of a lifetime and I'm so very grateful that he was able to attend Cigar Night with his lovely wife. I've always worried about the Marines who survived this horrific attack and always hoped one day I would meet just one of them so I could hug them and tell them how much we love them and grieved with them.  I've got some good hugs in since meeting Dave. As is so typical of The Band of Brothers in their dedication to their brothers,  Dave advocates for the release of Sgt. Derrick Miller from Leavenworth. His message should haunt every American.  Dave told us all how he wishes he could go back and stop that truck that killed his Brothers back in Beirut and he makes the crucial point that by the actions Sgt. Miller took that day back in 2010 in Afghanistan, he saved the lives of many American Sons.  They all went home to their families, and to the detriment of Derrick and his family, he went to Leavenworth.  I am thankful to Dave for his support of Derrick's release from Leavenworth. I pray that President Trump will hear our plea and grant Derrick mercy and relief of the egregious life sentence he is serving in Leavenworth.  It is time for Derrick to go home!

To our military Heroes who attended Cigar Night, I hope with all my heart you enjoyed yourselves and you felt the love, respect and appreciation we all feel toward you.  I was astounded by a young officer who attended Tuesday night.  He just couldn't believe that a group of Americans would actually gather for one whole night and shower him and his brothers with all this love and appreciation.  Why, according to him they are just doing their job.  I swear, the humbleness and the nobility of our military just never ceases to amaze me.  I pray that God smiles on each of you every day of your life and I asked that young Hero to please spread the word to all his Brothers  that there are those among us who are honored by your presence and we will NEVER ever take you for granted!  God Bless Everyone of You and Thank you For All You Do and Have Done To Keep Us Safe!

Pepper's write-up is below.  I am forever grateful to Pepper and Freedom Alliance for all they do for our military and for making it possible every year to be among these Heroes.  I look forward to our 10 year anniversary of Cigar Night next year and I know, as in past years, it will be a great success!

With A Mother's Grateful Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers 

From Pepper:

2017-05-09 Cigar Night with Beverly Perlson

May 9:  FA Supporter Beverly Perlson hosted a cigar night for veterans and supporters
(approximately 30 attended) at Shelly’s Back Room in Washington, DC.


Beverly Perlson of Chicago is not your ordinary military mom.  Her son Johnny served in the 82nd Airborne, deploying multiple times to bring the fight to our enemies.  While he was fighting overseas, Beverly was fighting at home.  Not only had she started a postcard project to ensure our military knew they were loved by those at home, but she began seeking out politicians in Washington to help battle cases of soldiers wrongfully prosecuted for actions overseas.  One such success story is Michael Behenna, who was sent to Leavenworth after being convicted of murdering a known Al-Queada operative while questioning him.  Behenna had claimed self-defense, but was found guilty.  Beverly was one of those saints leading the charge on Capitol Hill to have him released, and he was granted parole in 2014.  Today, Beverly continues to storm the halls of congress, advocating for the release of Sergeant Derrick Miller, who is also serving time in Leavenworth.

Beverly met Oliver North in 2007 and has been a supporter of Freedom Alliance ever since.  When she travels to DC, each year she hosts an annual cigar night at Shelly’s Back Room in downtown Washington.  This year, about a dozen veterans in the area joined Beverly and her friends for a night of shared camaraderie and patriotism.  There were several folks from conservative circles who attended including a White House correspondent, the writer & director of “Hating Breitbart” Andrew Marcus, and local talk radio host Larry O’Connor from WMAL attended with his wife Meredith.  Longtime friends Katie O’Malley and Chad Longell continued their unblemished attendance record with this event.

We received a few texts from past participants that could not make it to this year’s event including retired Colonel Mark Mitchell and retired Major Eric Burkett.  Mark is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross and Eric is a pilot who lost a leg from service in Africa.  Others remarked how the event was well remembered and asked us to pass on their gratitude to Beverly for continuing her support of our military.

At the end of the evening, Beverly addressed the group to thank the military for their dedication to our country and give them the message that people stand behind them.  Then she asked one of the guests to come up to say a few words.  Dave is a Marine that was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 1983 – but it wasn’t a joyous occasion.  Dave was on the scene in Beirut when a terrorist bombed the barracks.  He told the crowd that he would have done anything to prevent that day from happening.  Then he asked if he had taken the lives of those terrorist, would he be locked in Leavenworth?  He echoed Beverly’s statements that Sergeant Miller should be released, and finished by giving Beverly a great big bear hug.  Retired Marine Colonel Ed Hall, another guest, raised his cup and toasted Beverly to end the remarks. 

We look forward to next year as Beverly celebrates 10 years of cigar nights!

Mr. Pepper Ailor Freedom Alliance
22570 Markey Court, Ste. 240 | Dulles | VA | 20166


Last week we took a stand on the Cannon Bldg corner in DC for relief for Sgt. Derrick MIller, currently serving a life sentence in Leavenworth for his defensive actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan on September 26, 2010. 

 We were well received by many Representatives who passed by on Tuesday and Wednesday, and all expressed support in our efforts to help Sgt. Miller.  On Thursday, we took our efforts indoors and visited all 35 offices of the Republican House Armed Services Committee Members.  We also dropped info at the offices of Congressman Moulton and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.

You might ask yourself why only Republican offices.  Surely, support for Soldiers who risk their lives to keep us all safe should not be a partisan issue, right? One would think that all Representatives would be on board to seek relief for one of our Son's from Leavenworth, especially since this administration is releasing terrorists from Gitmo who have murdered Americans.  The answer is that for the past 3 years, Derrick's parents and I have made several trips to DC attempting to form a Maryland Delegation of Representatives to support a reduction in the life sentence Sgt. Miller is serving, but to no avail.  As Derrick is from Maryland, that is the protocol to follow.  When we worked to secure Michael Behenna's release from Leavenworth, we received support from an Oklahoma Delegation of Representatives (they all happened to be Republicans who stepped up) and John Hatley has a Texas Delegation supporting him in his release from Leavenworth.

After many months of correspondence and meetings with Congressman Van Hollen's office, the Congressman sent a letter in 2014 to Major Gen William Rapp, Chief Army Legislative Liaison.  We had explained to Congressman Van Hollen, in a face to face meeting, that ALL Appeals had been exhausted and that is why we were seeking his help.  We explained to him that the family had already been to the last line of appeal, the CAAF Court (Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces), and the appeal for relief was denied.  I quote Congressman Van Hollen's request in his letter to the Army:  "Given the complicated circumstances concerning Sgt. Miller's conviction, I am requesting your consideration of whether a reduction in length of sentence is warranted."  We asked Congressman Van Hollen to fight for a reduction in Derrick's sentence.  Some fight, huh? The Army's response to the Congressman was that Derrick's mother could seek relief from the CAAF court.  Congressman Van Hollen, who we had already told all appeals including the CAAF Court were exhausted, sent Derrick's mother a letter telling her she could go to the CAAF Court to appeal.  He tells her in his letter he knows this isn't what she hoped to hear and wishes her the best in seeking relief for her son.  And that was end of Congressman Van Hollen's help for Sgt. Miller.

After chasing Congressman Cumming's office for 2 years, his rep sent a letter on June 3rd, 2016 to the Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, (I never understood sending to the "Acting" Secretary when Eric Fanning had already been appointed as the Secretary of the Army) asking for a clemency hearing for Derrick.  That letter was also signed by the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (individual members would not sign).  There has been no response in 4 months and no follow-up by Cumming's office to date for an answer.

We sought help and met with other offices in Maryland and received no help whatsoever.  One office in particular, staffer Chris Schloesser in Congresswoman Donna Edwards, was unbelievably lacking of any compassion.  When I asked him what he had to say to this mother sitting before him who cries herself to sleep at night because her brave Soldier stays locked up in Leavenworth while this President is releasing terrorists out of Gitmo, he curtly and with a raised voice told us "But we're trying to close Gitmo!"  His brother and father are big in the 101st Airborne and he said he would look into helping us.  We NEVER heard from him again and you can be sure we followed up.

I think it is important, at this point in our efforts, to share the truth regarding the lack of support among the reps in Maryland for one of their own Sons who volunteered for 3 deployments overseas.  He fought for their safety, and they have failed to fight for him.  It is disgraceful.

We have now turned our efforts toward Republicans and already they are asking for info and transcripts.

We met with several Republican Congressmen who offered support for relief in the stringent life sentence Derrick is serving.  Congressman Gohmert stated he will go and see Derrick in Leavenworth and Congressman Reichert is working on a letter to President Obama.  Other offices offered their help and support.

All whom we met with expressed sympathy to Renee and consolation that they will do what they can to get some relief for Derrick.  All agreed it is unfair that Derrick and other American Sons continue to sit in Leavenworth with no relief while Gitmo detainees are being released in record numbers from Gitmo.

My special thanks to Katie, Chris, Chad, Cindy, Phil, Dave (a survivor of the Marine Barracks bombing, what an honor to meet him), Darrell, and our very special thanks to John Moloy, Chairman of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition for bringing his Coalition's support and their beautiful banner to carry on the corner!  The support of all these Patriots and this wonderful organization means the world to Sgt. Miller and his family.

And a very special thank you to Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit for posting several articles about Sgt. Miller and especially, a big thank you for the article posted while we were in DC.  Gateway Pundit ALWAYS supports our Troops and we thank you Jim!

You can read the Gateway Pundit article here:

Black Soldiers Lives Matter Too - Free Sgt. Derrick Miller!

Lastly, to Andrew Marcus and Rebel Pundit, thank you for coming to DC to cover our action on the Cannon Bldg. corner.  It has been a long hard fight to free Derrick Miller and the support of people like you from across this great country means a lot to his family, and I know to all all those who serve to protect us.  On a side note, Jeremy no sooner arrived in DC and he had to catch a flight right back home as his daughter was about to be born.  He made it!!  Congratulations Jeremy and Anne!  Another great Patriot born to wonderful parents!

We need YOUR help and support now, more than ever.  We do believe we raised quite a bit of "awareness" up on the hill and it would help tremendously if each of you on this email string would call your Congressmen and Senators this week and ask them to sign the letter Congressmen Reichert is composing regarding Sgt. Miller.  This will help tremendously and it will reinforce the Congressmen who are willing to take a stand for one of our Sons who deployed 3 times to keep us all safe!

Please also forward this information to all your lists of contacts to get the word out.

Thank you! 

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers
"Warriors come From Warriors"


Below is a statement by Sgt. Derrick Miller's mother, Renee Myers, in response to the latest release of 15 hardened terrorists with extremist backgrounds.  Senator Ayotte describes these detainees as  “among the worst terrorists who could jeopardize our national security and the lives of our troops."

Let it be known, Sgt Miller's mother has applied for a permit to take a stand in Washington, DC, for the release of her Son.  Our hope is to garner support among legislatures up on the hill. We will gather on the corner of the Cannon Bldg, New Jersey & Independence, on September 27, 28, 29th.  When the permit is issued, we will send out notice.  We hope you will join us.

President Obama needs to show the same compassion and mercy to our Sons in Leavenworth as he is showering on terrorists complicit in the deaths of Americans.  Please read Renee Myers plea to President Obama below and Please pass this to all your lists!

Thank You
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


As I read once more of the continuing release of the Guantanamo Bay detainees, my thoughts turn to my son – Sgt. Derrick Miller – who sits in Ft. Leavenworth convicted of murder for actions he took during combat in the very same war, waiting for the day that he too will be able to return to his family and loved ones.

The irony is that these men, apprehended by brave fighters like my son, will more than likely return to continue the violence and conflict that continues to threaten us all. Derrick, on the other hand, who wants nothing more than to hold his daughters in his arms, be the best father and provider he possibly can, and resume a life of hard work and public service, remains locked away.

Our enemies continue to swell their ranks with combatants filled with conviction and confidence that they will be hailed as heroes for their fight against our way of life. Our brave men and women in uniform go to battle to defend us, no less committed to fight and die to protect us, but far less confident that their leaders will stand behind them when the time comes for them to make the split second decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.

President Obama has an historic opportunity to show men like Derrick that their bravery and sacrifice are not forgotten. As we continue to show mercy to our adversaries, so too should the same compassion be extended to our soldiers here at home.  Please Mr. Obama…it’s time for my son to come home too.

From the heart of a Blue Star mother…
Renee Y. Myers

Please read the article below, written by Diana West, a journalist who has told of the injustices our Sons are enduring on this battlefield.  It hits at the heart of what really happened to Sgt. Derick Miller!

Eating Our Own Some More
Written by: Diana West
Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:22 PM 

Sgt. Derrick Miller, 27, of Hagerstown, MD, was convicted this past week of the premeditated murder of an Afghan man in 2010. The husband and father of two was assigned to a Connecticut National Guard unit and attached to the 101st Airborne Division at the time of the shooting in Eastern Afghanistan. After joining the National Guard in 2006, Miller had three combat deployments and had recently been promoted.


From the AP last week:

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A US Army National Guardsman was sentenced yesterday to life in prison with the chance of parole for the murder of an Afghan civilian.

Sergeant Derrick Miller, 27, of Hagerstown, Md., shook hands with several soldiers in his unit after the 10-member military jury delivered the sentence after two hours of deliberation. He was found guilty of premeditated murder.

Clue #1 to smelling yet another rat in our military justice system. Miller is still on good terms with fellow soldiers. Would several soldiers want to shake hands with a "premeditated murderer"?

His attorney had argued during two days of testimony that Miller acted in self-defense when he shot a man last September. The military has identified him as Atta Mohammed but his name was not used in court.

Defense attorney Charles Gittins told the jury that Miller stopped the man for questioning when he walked through a defensive perimeter that Miller’s unit had set up around a mortar unit.

What was an innocent bystander doing walking through a defensive perimeter?

Gittins said Miller believed the man could be a threat to his unit and that during questioning the man tried to grab Miller’s weapon.

But Specialist Charles Miller, an eyewitness and guardsman from Maryland, testified he heard Miller threatening to kill the man if he did not tell the truth and then straddling the man, who was lying on his back, before shooting him in the head.

He said, he said -- but not much information in between. I decided to email defense attorney Charles Gittins.

Q:Hello, Mr. Gittins, Saw a brief story about Sgt. Miller's sentencing (first I'd heard of the story). Can you send me any more information about his case?
Best wishes,
Diana West

Charles Gittins replied:

In a contested jury trial at Fort Campbell KY, SGT Miller was sentenced to life in prison with the opportunity for parole (in 10 years) for killing an Afghan civilian when the civilian grabbed his weapon during harsh questioning.  The civilian was identified as a possible insurgent who had been walking through SGT Miller's platoon defensive perimeter observing their defensive positions.  After the shooting the unit was attacked in a complex attack and the ANA soldiers assigned to the platoon pulled back prior to the start of the shooting and hid behind a building. 

The witnesses against SGT Miller were a soldier who originally supported SGT Miller's version of events, but he changed his story when he was threatened with being named an accessory and being placed on legal hold so he could not de-mobilize.  The other witness was an Afghan translator who was promised US Citizenship in exchange for his testimony.  He was brought to the US in January and has been living on Fort Campbell in a base hotel at $630 per month with a dedicated van to take him wherever he wants to go, and has been fed at taxpayer expense.  Basically, the two witnesses had every incentive to testify the way the Government wanted them to -- consistent with guilt rather than SGT Miller's claim of innocence.  SGT Miller cooperated in every way from the date of the shooting, but his command lacked the moral courage to stand behind him.

I wrote back:

If I say I'm not shocked, it's only because I've been following such  cases for years now. But I'd also be exaggerating, because what you describe is shocking in a most disgusting way. Who, in your opinion, is this show trial designed to play to?

Gittins replied:

The Afghans that run that area of the country.  This guy [the victim] was an insurgent but no one in the fricking military is willing to say so to the two-faced Afghans.  They had a firefight that night that was designed to kill Americans -- all the while the ANA soldiers were nowhere to be seen. They disappeared just before the shooting started and the fire on American positions was such that the guys targeted were sure that they [the insurgents] had recon of American positions due to this guy and his two military-aged males accompanying him reporting on the positions.

That we waste ONE American life in defense of that country is anathema. The country is completely corrupt; they are cowards unwilling to defend their own country, and we have gotten so deep in defending an indefensibly corrupt regime we cannot extricate our military in a way that allows us to maintain our honor.

If President Karzai was on fire I wouldn't urinate on him to put out the fire. Feel free to quote me.


This Memorial Day Tribute (below) was sent to me by a dear friend
and Vietnam Veteran, Jim Diehl.

Jim reminds us of the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Please, as you gather with your family and friends over this weekend, please remember and say a prayer for our Fallen and their families, and please keep all those serving now in your prayers.  We live such a beautiful and safe life, so preciously protected by the brave and selfless Men and Women of The United States Military.  Please never forget those who have given their all to keep us safe.  Please Honor their sacrifice this weekend, and every day.

It is my greatest hope that we are all an ever so grateful nation, Always & Forever Grateful, for these beautiful and brave Americans.

Memorial Day Tribute | Mansions of the Lord | Hillsdale College

Memorial Day Tribute | Mansions of the Lord | Hillsdale ...

Thank You Jim, for your service, and for your nod to us all to remember your Brothers on this Memorial Day Weekend.

My Deepest Gratitude & Respect to the families of our Fallen and all our Warriors serving now.

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Cigar Night With Glorious Warriors

Once again The Band of Mothers, along with Col North's outstanding organization, Freedom Alliance, hosted a group of brave and glorious Warriors at Shelly's Back Room in Washington, DC on May 3rd.  It is really very difficult to put into words the absolute honor it is to be in the same room with brave American Warriors such as these men.  All I have are words and they just never seem to be enough to express how lucky Americans are to have such courageous and noble men, who willingly risk their lives to face and confront evil in far off lands, all to protect us and our way of life.  These are the real Heroes of our time and in my book, they are the rock stars of our life and times!!!  Theirs are the stories that should be told for they are the amazing and incredible American Warriors that make it possible for each of us to exist day in and day out in a free and safe nation.  They are our Protectors and I shudder to think what our lives would be like without them.  So it is with great humbleness and enormous respect that once a year, The Band of Mothers gets to host a group of legendary War Heroes, thanks to the help and assistance of Pepper Ailor and Freedom Alliance.  I met Pepper in 2007 and he has helped me fulfill my hope to give back in a small way to these wonderful Warriors.  Col North's organization, Freedom Alliance, has significantly impacted the lives of our wounded Warriors in so many wonderful ways and I am grateful to them for all they do.

Freedom Alliance - Honoring and Supporting America's Military Heroes

Freedom Alliance - Honoring and Supporting America's M...
Freedom Alliance supports our troops and their families through educational scholarships,
recreational therapy, and activities that help injured heroes heal.

Below is Pepper's write-up of this wonderful night at Shelly's Back Room, photos included.

To Bob, and all the staff at Shelly's, I can never thank you enough for the regal treatment our Warriors receive from you folks.  If you are in the DC area and wish to enjoy great cigars and the BEST food in DC, you must visit Shelly's.  If you were present on the evening of May 3rd, you would have witnessed the absolute best treatment, the most attentive staff, that our Warriors should enjoy wherever they go.  Shelly's is the standard bearer of an American establishment that truly appreciates our military and knocks itself out to show their love.  I am so very grateful to Bob and his hard working staff for making this evening so memorable!

My deepest appreciation to Katie O'Malley, my dearest friend and Irish mother who loves each of our Warriors as her own, to Chad, a beloved Warrior himself who has always helped us fight the good fight for his brothers, to Chief, who has always been a part of the fight, I love each of you and am so very grateful to you for all you do to support this effort and so many fights over the years for our Troops.  And to Diana West and her awesome husband, thank you for attending this year and hope you join us every year hereafter.  While Katie, Chad, Chief, myself and many others have relentlessly walked the halls of Congress on behalf of our Troops,  Diana West has used her journalistic skills to pen so many articles regarding the restrictive and insane rules of engagement and she has fought along with us to right the injustices of our Sons in Leavenworth.  I include a piece Diana published on the very day we celebrated our Warriors at Shelly's.  Reading this you will understand why I felt it important to introduce Dian to the brave men we hosted on May 3rd.  She fights for our military and shames the injustices they are subjected to:

The Death of the Grown-Up | Diana West > Home - More Glory for NATO

The Death of the Grown-Up | Diana West > Home - More...

One more thing, while in DC we made a trip to Congressman Rangel's office to ask for help on behalf of Sgt. Derrick Miller, who continues to sit in Leavenworth with a life sentence for defending himself and his Brothers on the battlefield.  In spite of all our efforts and so many trips up to the hill, Derrick still has not received any relief whatsoever regarding his life sentence.  As this administration continues to release the worst of the worst terrorists out of Gitmo, our Sons continue to serve horrendous sentences in Leavenworth. 

Please, I beg of each of you, please make one phone call on behalf of our Sons in Leavenworth.  Please call Congressman Charlie Rangel and ask him to wield his power up on the hill on behalf of his Brothers and ask that our Sons be released from Leavenworth.  Congressman Rangel is a Veteran and he did pen one letter on Derrick's behalf, in 2012, for a clemency hearing, of which Derrick was denied.  Please help us fight for our own Sons, America's Sons, to be released. 

Congressman Charlie Rangel....202-225-4365.  Thank You!

Without further ado, I give you Pepper's wonderful write-up below of the BEST night we will have until next year, same time, same place! Until then, May God Bless and Watch Over all our Warriors who serve to keep us all safe and free.  It is my hope that next year Major Eric Burnett will be able to join us because we all missed him so!!

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

2016-05-03 Cigar Night with Bev Perlson - freedomalliance

2016-05-03 Cigar Night with Bev Perlson - freedomallianc...

In addition to storming Capitol Hill to fight for servicemen in need of an advocate (like Derrick Miller and Charles Martland), Band of Mothers founder and Chicago native Beverly Perlson has another favorite pastime when visiting Washington, DC – cigar night at Shelly’s.  As the mother of an American soldier who served four combat deployments with the 82nd Airborne, Beverly understands the need for the American public to show its support of our men and women in uniform.  On a Tuesday night last week, amidst a spring drizzling rain, twelve warriors entered one of the only smoking establishments in the District, guests of Freedom Alliance and our hostess Beverly. 

There was a mix of soldiers and Marines.  Their common thread was a shared experience: combat in the Global War on Terror.  Several of them have transitioned out of the service to find jobs amongst the ubiquitous government and defense jobs in the area, and a few are still making the transition.  In the crowd were officers and enlisted, including those with Purple Heart medals and one with a Silver Star.  Five of them had a long history with Freedom Alliance, while the others were just being introduced to us.  No matter their background, wounds, or branch of service, Beverly treated them to dinner, beverages, and 70-gauge Connecticut-wrapped cigars.  

Previous attendees that could not be there promised to make the next one.  Major Eric Burkett, a Marine who attended in 2015 but has since moved away from Walter Reed to North Carolina, sent a text stating “Please give my very best to Miss Beverly – cigar night was truly one of the very few events that I looked forward to attending!” 

Towards the end of the evening, Beverly asked the crowd for a moment to express her feelings about her guests.  The mood became somber as she told them while they were fighting overseas, she and many others across the country were fighting the restricting policies of this administration, lobbying on their behalf to ensure American sovereignty stayed with us.  It was a clear message that Beverly, her friends, and Freedom Alliance and her supporters will fight the battles that take place in the halls of Congress while they fight on the battlefield.


In response to the National Review "attempt" to take down Donald Trump,
I respond with my official endorsement of Donald J. Trump for President.

From the moment he entered the race, Donald Trump is the only candidate that has repeatedly and consistently put our beloved men and women of the United States Military on the national pedestal where they belong. From the moment he announced his candidacy, he has sang their praises and these men and women deserve every bit of his praise! In spite of all the abuse and mistreatment our Sons and Daughters have endured over the last 7 years, they remain loyal and true to this country and their mission. In spite of a dangerous and derelict administration and too many cowards on the other side of the aisle, they stoically serve the likes of all these "politicians" and "We The People." They remain loyal, no matter what "We The People" serve up to them.

National Review should study the resolve and loyalty of the brave men and women of our military and learn from it:

The bottom line is the National Review folks are some of the the very people who insisted Trump sign their pledge to support whoever the candidate ends up being. Trump signed it, to their dismay.

Now they are the ones violating their own Pledge.

Finally, in Donald J. Trump we will have a Commander-in-Chief worthy to lead our Brave Sons and Daughters into battle, and truly a leader who will let them win! Finally, and most important of all, a Leader who is concerned about their hearts and minds!
AS IT SHOULD BE! How refreshing!

Go Trump!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

The search for our Marines has been suspended.

To Michael D, the families of these Beautiful Brave American Sons, and all our military, my family offers you our deepest condolences.

The Flag flying in my front yard is lowered and it will remain lowered for 12 days. I will think of each of you and I will thank God that we were all so fortunate that you graced this earth and honored us in your willingness to serve and protect.
Thank you Robert for looking after these Marines, all the way. God Bless You.

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Below, From Robert, the only real reporting we had until Monday. The media should be ashamed.
Flags should be lowered at our White House and all over this country.

CH-53E Incident Press Conference

Marine Corps base Hawaii

Memorial Service planned for Friday @ Marines Corps base Hawaii

In the five days of continuous searching, crews located some crash debris as well as helicopter wreckage on the sea floor, two miles offshore in about 325 feet of water. “So far we’ve found widespread debris field on the ocean floor with parts of aircraft, and that’s the extent of it at this point in time,”

YOU Can Let The World Know The Death of 4 Brave Americans WILL ALWAYS MATTER! SEE The Movie
 "13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" Begins Friday January 15th in Theatres!

While 4 Brave Americans were under attack by savage terrorists and desperately fighting for their lives, Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, left her state department office and went home. While brave American Sons were desperately fighting and hoping the leaders of the country they so loved were sending help to them, the reckless and detached Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went home and went to bed and the whereabouts of the Crybaby-in-Chief in our White House to this day is sketchy, but we do know he was getting ready for a big fundraiser for himself the next day, of which he attended!

Please watch this:

Also watch, On 'The Kelly File,' three heroes recount the attack ahead of the film's release

This next disgusting display, watch as the detached, cavalier monster who wants to be our next President jokes and laughs about the evening when 4 Americans were murdered in Benghazi:

Then please make it a point, that if you don't do anything else next weekend, please go see the movie "13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi".   You have the power next weekend to let Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama and all the disgraceful Democrats who keep telling us that we're tired of hearing about the disgraceful events of the night that 4 Americans died in Benghazi, that what happened in Benghazi makes a difference to all Americans. You hold the power next weekend to let this despicable bunch of reckless traitors know that American's lives matter above all else and we will NEVER FORGIVE AND NEVER FORGET that this traitorous and cavalier bunch left our fellow Americans to die!

13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Trailer #1:

13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Trailer #2:

Please show your support for the brave actions of the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and see this movie.  I can only imagine that horrific night and the heartache of all those on the ground as they realized that they had been abandoned.  Please see this movie and in doing so, YOU can let them know that WE, their fellow Americans, did not and will not ever abandon those who risk their lives to keep us all safe!  YOU will let them know that their lives and safety mean the world to us and they do and always will make a difference!

Thank You!

With A Mother's Heart,

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


My husband and I saw the movie "13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" last Friday.  We were both "affected."

My youngest Son and his wife saw the movie last night, I watched the grandchildren.

God I do love my Sons, amazing men, both of them.  I could tell when he came home, Mike was "affected" too by the movie and he said as much.  He too was angry, about those that died and shouldn't have and about the pathetic "Bob" character.  But then he said...

that he was so proud to be an American and to know that six Americans could take on hundreds of these morons and beat them back.

That helped loosen the vice grip wrapped around my head and heart since last Friday.

The final disgusting blow for these Heroes of Benghazi came in the end when the battle was finally over. In the end, when the character Jack Silva is at the airstrip with the body of one of his fallen Brothers, he looks at the plane that zips up in front of him, and he says "Still no Americans." 

It was a Libyan plane. 

I did not need to see this movie to know what happened that horrific night in Benghazi. I, like all Americans who care about our brave men and women serving already know that 4 Americans died there AND THE COWARDS IN CHARGE KNEW THEY WERE FIGHTING ALL NIGHT AND NEVER SENT HELP TO THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!

So many times over the years I have heard these words "It is my honor and privilege to serve, ma'am." And every single time I've heard these words I get a little choked up and I thank God for such brave souls. 

If you haven't seen this movie, you are truly missing one of the greatest movies ever made about the brave heart and soul of the American Warrior.  It was an honor and a privilege to see the movie and in the very small way we could, we let the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and all their courageous Brothers-in-Arms stationed in very dangerous places all over this world know, that whatever happens to them MATTERS SO VERY MUCH TO US. 

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

On the very day that our Special Forces Warriors were fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, on the very day that we lost one of our beloved American Sons in this battle, this is the face the pathetic little boy in our White House presented to the world.

As a mother who raised a brave Son who fought through 4 deployments in this war, it is extremely hard to put into "civil" words my reaction, but, out of respect and love for our brave Warriors, I must try! 

When I saw this narcissistic coward who commands the greatest military on the face of this earth crying like a little baby, while America's bravest Sons were fighting off the Taliban in the hell hole of Afghanistan, my angry verbalizations I dare not repeat here.   My anger was coupled with an overwhelming pain in my heart and soul for the BEST OF THE BEST Americans among us fighting off savages who live to kill Americans.  I thought of the Americans whose heads have literally been sawed off by these putrid animals that live for the day they can torture and kill Americans.  I thought of all the Heroes who have given their precious life in this fight and I thought of all the Wounded Warriors who are forever affected because they have lost precious limbs. As I watched the leader of the free world crying for all the world to see, I immediately thought of the hearts and souls of the bravest among us.  How horrendous it must be for our military who in the very moment they are engaged in a vicious and brutal fight, their Commander-in-Chief is weeping on national TV.

I thought of Sgt. Derrick Miller and lst Lt Clint Lorance sitting in Leavenworth, Derrick for life, because they dared to act boldly and bravely to protect their Brothers, as this derelict petulant Child-in-Chief releases the worst of the worst butchers out of Gitmo.  The constant appeasement of terrorist by Obama is despicable and let's cut the crap that Gitmo is a recruiting tool.  There was no Gitmo before these savages brutally slaughtered thousands of Americans on 9/11.  There was no Gitmo in the 90's under President Clinton when the terrorists bombed the World Trade Center, the Khobar Towers, the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole!  And what the hell is the excuse for the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beruit that resulted in the murder of 241 American Sons!!!  Those beautiful American Sons were slaughtered and the dangerous and reckless Obama and his "JV" team of dudes and dudettes with their college degrees continue to aid and abet these rabid terrorist dogs!

So I write this for their brave hearts and I remind Americans that we are and will continue to be the greatest nation on the face of this earth and it is so and will continue to be so thanks to the brave men and women of the United States Military.  I write this to remind all Americans that if we want to continue to live in a country where we are safe and free, then we must as a nation realize, acknowledge and appreciate daily that they only thing standing between and pure evil are the brave Warriors who continue to risk their lives to provide us this beautiful way of life.

I write this to remind Americans that it is imperative that we as voters get to the polls in November and elect a Commander-in-Chief that is worthy to lead the bravest men and women of the United States Military.  They desperately need a bold and brave General like Patton who will allow them to decimate these savages, once and for all!

In honor of our Special Forces and all our military serving all over the world, I leave you with this excellent video that exemplifies why America will continue to be the greatest nation on the face of this earth.  I love with all my heart these brave men and women and I invite you to pray for them and their families and I beg you to vote in November and vote for a BRAVE leader who is concerned and dedicated to the welfare of the hearts and minds of these precious American Warriors!

My families deepest condolences to the families of the two Special Forces Heroes who lost their lives in this recent battle.  Please keep their families in your prayers and every night, please pray for all our military.

I am one fed up mother, sister and daughter of real men who fought in wars to protect our precious way of life.  They didn't cry and mope, they acted on their love of God, country and family and they fought to ensure that good must and will overcome evil!  I am so very proud of them and all our military and I will never take my freedom and our protectors of liberty for granted!

Oh, and to those who say we created these evil savages, I say pack your bags and head over to Afghanistan and tell them you're sorry and you will make it up to them.  Before you go, get your affairs in order and take out a life insurance policy because you won't be coming back.  Either put up, or shut up! 

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

December 7, 1941: In Memory & Tribute to All Our WWII Veterans!

On the morning of December 7, 1941, the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan.  This was a "surprise" attack on our unsuspecting military who were busy going about their morning duties.  In this horrific attack on our naval force, 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.  On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan.

In 1945, President Truman read the surrender from the Japanese:

Just 4 years later, the war was over!  It is obvious winning hearts and minds was not the strategy of General George Patton, a fearless LEADER who, among others, led our military to a swift defeat of the brutal enemy who attacked us!  Nope, political correctness NEVER entered Patton's mind and there is no doubt in my mind that is clearly why our nation secured a swift victory and an end to WWII!

The horrific events of December 7, 1941, should live in infamy, as President Roosevelt declared on December 7, 1941.  Today, however, there is not much mention of this historical day in the news. Today, the lame stream media is busy reporting on the pathetic speech the little boy in the White House made last night.  Well, they report, we decide, and my understanding is that since the San Bernardino terrorist attack on Americans last week,  gun sales are through the roof!  The American people obviously do not believe they are safe, as the Child-in-Chief declared last night.  They are now arming themselves to the teeth!  I've heard it said that Mr. Obama is the greatest gun salesman ever in the history of this country and I believe the facts will bear that out!

In memory and tribute to my father, and all the Veterans of WWII, my family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.  What brave Americans you were and are!  It is because of brave Warriors like you, and your Son and Grandson, and all their Brothers, that we live free!  I am proud to say, and I know my father would be proud too, to know that Americans will take up arms and protect their families right here on this soil!  We will prevail and we will not become sacrificial lambs for a president who fails to see the reality of the danger we all are in.

Here's to you Dad, and To All Those Who Serve and Have Served and Sacrificed to Keep America Safe & Free:

Please keep our military in your prayers and please stay safe and vigilant! 

May God Bless America!

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


25 November 2015

The Latest in the Sexual Assault Witch Hunt of Another Good Soldier!

Please read these stories about Army Maj. Christian "Kit" Martin as reported by former Air Force officer-turned investigative journalist and author Bob McCarty.

If you have time only to read one article, read this one, Army Soldier-Aviator Faces Possible 58-Year Sentence As Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Witch Hunt Seeks New Victim, and then read the remainder of my message below.

Major Christian "Kit' Martin is an exemplary 29-year Soldier and a man who General Ray Odierno, recently retired Army Chief of Staff, once described as being of "unquestionable integrity," has been accused of sexual assault by his ex-wife who, in October, pleaded guilty to one count of felony bigamy! And this is the woman upon whose word the Army is basing its prosecution!

When you read about this case, you'll find It is outrageous and diabolical what the Army has allowed to go on in this case. It is a witch hunt driven by a shameless special victim's prosecutor, one Army Major James Bashore. This is the same nutcase who drove the prosecution of another highly decorated Soldier and Green Beret, Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Stewart. In Stewart's case, the accuser had a long history of mental illness yet her disturbing record of mental instability was not allowed to be introduced at trial. Thus, Stewart was convicted and to this day lives under the false label of a violent sex offender!

What a record this Bashore has, eh? Destroying the lives of American Heroes based on the lies of a convicted felony bigamist and a lying, mentally unstable woman who had lifetime benefits to gain in Germany if she succeeded in her vengeful attack on the good Soldier, Stewart. Oh, and did I mention, she was pissed off because Kelly didn't return her calls after a consensual night together. Let's remember, too, that when Kelly was convicted, the lying accuser's friends contacted the court to advise that she lied throughout the trial. Their explanation for not coming forward during trial was they were certain the court would never find Kelly guilty. They sure underestimated the prosecutors and members of his court-martial panel ("jury"), who had just come off a deployment with the despicable prosecutor Major Bashore!!!

Please folks, pick up your phones next week and express your outrage over this continued outrageous destruction of good American Sons who are willing to die protecting all of us. Major Martin was an attack helicopter pilot and flew many dangerous combat missions in his personal commitment and devotion to keeping America safe! The latest development in this case, since 3 dead bodies have been discovered last Thursday in Christian County, Kentucky, is that Major Martin's military trial has been postponed.

Please help us fight to get all these insane charges against this good man and Soldier dropped. Sooner or later, it is my hope that the horrendous label Kelly Stewart lives under will be cleared too! This railroading and destruction of good Soldiers has got to stop and the only way I believe it will is if the American people raise their voices in outrage, or we elect President Trump!

One final note, Sgt Derrick Miller continues to rot in Leavenworth, with no reduction in his life sentence and lst Lt Clint Lorance continues serving his sentence, with no relief. All because these two good Soldiers defied the rules of engagement and protected their Brothers!!! I ask each of you to fight for these good Soldiers until they get home to their families. In an update, I recently reached out to Alveda King for help in Derrick's case and her office has been receptive and most helpful. That is all I can reveal presently.

Your precious voices are needed and especially, if you live in Kentucky, please contact the Louisville office of Senator Mitch McConnell (502) 582-6304 and the Bowling Green office of Senator Rand Paul (270) 782-8303 and let them know that as a constituent, you want these charges against this good Soldier dropped!!!

Thank you!
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

23 November 2015

To All Presidential Candidates: It's Damn Time the Rules of Engagement Prioritize the Protection of Our Troops, At All Cost!

At the G20 Summit, Obama, the Boy-in-Chief, was pointedly asked if he would widen the rules of engagement for US forces to take more aggressive action. In his rambling "lecture" response, he pathetically reiterated his dangerous and reckless ideology to pander and appease this enemy, of which our Troops could defeat in a heartbeat, if he UNTIED THEIR HANDS! In all his rambling, He NEVER answered the question from the reporter about the rules of engagement. As the press conference went on, the failed leader became irritated and annoyed that his usual adoring press "fans" were not bowing at his altar. He looked like the bad little boy who gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar. His entire lecture was the most revealing display of his incompetence yet! And when all else fails, as he stammers and stumbles, he has the unmitigated audacity to tell us he visits our Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed. There are no bounds to the political cards this sick narcissist will play. It's horrific enough that the rules of engagement dictate our Warriors protect the so called "civilians" at great risk of being killed or maimed, but I can't even imagine what it must be like for one of our Heroes when they are greeted at Walter Reed by the very coward whose terrorist appeasing politics landed them at Walter Reed! That may be the only advantage to Soldiers like Sgt. Derrick Miller and lst Lt Clint Lorance, who decided, in spite of the rules of engagement, to protect their Brothers at all costs. Their decision landed them in Leavenworth and as we continue to fight to try and get them home, and as they continue to endure the insanity of their unjust incarceration, there is one bright spot, at least they don't have to stomach a visit from the Boy-in-Chief!

Under this dangerous and delusional bunch of amateurs in the Obama administration, the number of our Sons and Daughters killed and maimed has tripled!!! The rules of engagement under the Bush administration were atrocious, and at the time, we fought them, but it is clear this administration has further tightened the cuffs on our Warriors hands and the result has been devastating for our Sons and Daughters and their families!!!

The Obama rules of engagement protect the enemy, period!!! They serve up our Sons and Daughters like sacrificial lambs to the psychotic butchers wo brutalize anyone in their path!

Obama and his flunkies claim he must protect the civilians who the savages are hiding among:

"The Pentagon has defended, and largely refused to get into details about, the current rules of engagement, saying that tight rules are needed to prevent civilian casualties when Islamic State fighters are known for hiding in public places where striking would cause collateral damage and the deaths of civilians."

It is sickening what our brave Warriors have endured on this terrorist appeasing battlefield under a Commander-in-Chief who runs around the world insulting and apologizing for the very country these men and women proudly and bravely fight to protect!!! Obama is a disgrace to America and the only good thing to say is his run is almost over. Only 11 more months left of his community organizing and I'm certain for our military it will seem like forever!

So on to my point: I am getting concerned when I hear the likes of John Kasich and Lindsey Graham and other presidential candidates announce that "boots on the ground" are needed to defeat this enemy. I heard Lindsey Graham state he's been to the Middle East 35 times and he knows we need "boots on the ground" over there. My blood boils listening to this and I am sickened by his generic term "boots on the ground". Hey Senator Graham, do you know those "boots on the ground" that protected your ass over there through 35 visits are living breathing Americans Heroes trying desperately to protect themselves and their Brothers from psychotic butchers that think nothing of blowing to smithereens any civilians, if it means they can kill one American Soldier????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I hear these big shots committing more of America's bravest to this insane battlefield what I don't hear from most is any discussion whatsoever to rewrite the rules of engagement to prioritize and safeguard the lives of our Sons and Daughters!

I am betting Americans are fed up with this failed "winning hearts and minds" campaign and I'm certain the Troops are. The time is long overdue to rewrite the terrorist appeasing rules of engagement to prioritize and safeguard the lives of our Troops and to enable them to do what they do best, FIGHT & WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I ask each of you, as this presidential campaign moves forward, whenever and wherever you can, please confront and ask these candidates if they plan to order a complete revamping of the rules of engagement to prioritize the precious lives of the men and women of our military who are willing to die to keep us safe. Ask them if they plan to let our Troops win this fight, or do they plan to continue to sacrifice our Sons and Daughters to the failed strategy of "winning hearts and minds". Please help make this part of the dialogue as the campaign moves forward for the next President.

And one last thing, please do what you can to advocate that all our military are guaranteed their right to bear arms on their military installations. It is wrong and so very dangerous that those willing to die to protect our second amendment rights are denied this most basic right! Please write, blog, and radio your voice to this cause. Each and every American owes it to our Troops to fight for them as they fight to keep us safe! Ft. Hood should NEVER have happened and I fear it may happen again if our precious Sons and Daughters are not given their weapons to protect themselves!

Please keep our military in your daily and nightly prayers, and please be vigilant yourselves in these dangerous times!

The links below demonstrate the military Donald Trump advocates for and I'm with him 100%! Americans are damn tired of losing and we want to see our military so feared that, like Mr. Trump says, "nobody will mess with us!" This winning strategy is known as "Peace Through Strength!"

Thank You, and May God Bless America and May God Please Bless and Watch Over Our Troops!

I remain always the Very Proud daughter of a WWII Navy Veteran, the Very Proud sister of a Marine, Vietnam, and the Very Proud mother of a Son Who Served 4 deployments with the 82nd Airborne in this war!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

On February 25th at Shelly's Back Room in DC, The Band of Mothers, along with Freedom Alliance, was honored to host 19 Glorious Wounded Warriors for our annual Cigar Night. It was the BEST OF TIMES! Below is the awesome write-up from Pepper of Freedom Alliance. I have always said this and it will ALWAYS be true, I am in the best company on this planet when I am in the company of our Warriors of the United States Military!!
My very special thanks to one of the most beautiful Patriots I know, Katie O'Malley (just look at the love in her eyes for our Heroes!!), Chad Longell, Brian Wrenn, Larry O'Connor, Meredith Dake, Heather Smith, TJ, and the many more Patriots who stopped by throughout the night to celebrate and thank these Heroes among us!
My heartfelt thanks to Chad Longell for the beautiful flag he presented me with that was flown in my name over the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan Fallen Comrade Memorial, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on March 4, 2014. I hold it close to my heart forever, and it is an absolute honor to have received it from Chad. I must mention here a flag flown in Helmund Province presented to me by SSgt Michael Drummond back on March 11, 2013. To both Chad and Michael, words are just not ever good enough to express what these flags mean to me, they are sacred, and I thank you with all my heart.

To Bob and Justin and Bob's lovely wife and staff at Shelly's Back Room, you are the BEST Patriots in DC! You can just look at these wonderful photos and see how much everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. Shelly's has to have one of the most warm and accommodating staff in DC and they sure do love our Warriors! To all you Patriots out there, when you go to DC, you are really missing out if you don't stop in at Shelly's. These folks truly love our Troops!

I am forever grateful to Pepper and Amy, Tom and Col North and all the folks at Freedom Alliance, for all they continue to do for our Troops. These folks look out for our military and their days are filled with honoring their service and sacrifice. Please visit their website and read up on all they are doing for our Wounded and the families of our Fallen. These are great Americans who truly make a difference for all the courageous men and women who serve our country, as well as their families. You can visit their website at
As you look at the slideshow from Cigar Night, you will see our Warriors enjoying the great Cigars my wonderful husband sent as his special thank you to our Warriors. Judd is my biggest supporter and although he doesn't make the trip to DC, he sends his love and support in his own very special way! The guys told me the cigars were "phenomenal!!"

Lastly, to all of you Glorious Heroes who came out on a very cold night in DC, thank you for honoring us with your presence and thank you especially for allowing us the opportunity to show you how much we revere you and love you for all you have done to keep our families safe! YOU ARE THE VERY BEST OF AMERICA and WE ARE BEHOLDEN TO YOU FOREVER!

Pepper's write-up is below! You will love the photos!

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

From Pepper:
February 25: Hosted 19 veterans and friends for dinner, drinks, and cigars at Shelly’s Back Room in downtown Washington, DC.

Each year, as conservatives from across the country descend into Washington, DC, to attend their base’s conference, one such conservative ensures she keeps our warfighters in the forefront of their concerns. Beverly Perlson met Oliver North at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in 2007, while her son was deployed. Col North signed one of the hundreds of postcards she would send to her and his unit, who were fighting in Iraq, to show them the support they had at home. Her son returned safely from the war, but Beverly has not stopped fighting for the rights of our veterans and military.

In addition to attending CPAC, Beverly has an annual tradition of hosting veterans and injured troops to a night of camaraderie at the famous Shelly’s Backroom cigar bar and tavern. Located a few blocks from the White House, Shelly’s has a reputation for fine smokes, great food, and a place of gathering for “The Potentates on the Potomac” as Ollie would say. But on Wednesday night, the politicians, lobbyists, and DC socialites were sectioned off from a room reserved for our members of the military who have sacrificed flesh and spirit. Patients from Walter Reed, veterans, military personnel and loved ones (19 in all) were treated to a relaxing night, enjoying the freedoms they fought for.

The room was full of our heroes. In attendance were Major Eric Burkett and Sergeant John Moore, each who lost a leg – one in a training accident in North Africa and the other to an IED blast in Iraq. Marine Clark Cavalier, a cigar connoisseur, was excited to attend. Clark lost both legs to an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2011.

A familiar face from Walter Reed, Adam Keys, pulled up next to Clark to light up a huge cigar. Adam lost both legs and an arm to an IED blast while riding in a convoy in Afghanistan. Adam has been in treatment since the explosion in 2010, and his mother Julie Keys has been by his side ever since…including at our cigar night!

Jeremy Lattimer, another close friend of Freedom Alliance who recently retired out of Walter Reed from a Traumatic Brain Injury, invited his fellow Marine Todd Nicely. Todd lost all four limbs while serving in Afghanistan and although he has received a smart-home in his home state of Missouri from the Siller Foundation, he is back in the area to see if he can be the next bilateral arm transplant recipient – a procedure initially performed on another quadruple amputee, Brendan Marrocco. His mother, also named Julie, attend the cigar night with us.

Several of the military staff of Walter Reed attended, as well as some veterans in the area. The owner of Shelly’s, Bob Materazzi, along with Mgr. Justin Russell, made a special visit to thank the veterans for their service. Towards the end of the night, a toast was made to Beverly for sponsoring the Freedom Alliance event, and Bret, a patient at Walter Reed, sang the chorus from Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA – to which everyone added their voices, some rising to their feet. Thank you Beverly for this great tradition.


 October 31, 2014
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC   20301-1000

Dear Secretary Hagel:

Sgt. Derrick Miller is an American son currently serving a life sentence in Ft Leavenworth, convicted of premeditated murder for his defensive actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan on September, 26, 2010.  I write to you as the very proud daughter of a father who served in the Navy in WWII, a very proud sister of a brother who served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, and the very proud mother of a son who served 4 deployments in the 82nd Airborne in this war. With every inch of my being, I love our military and I understand and appreciate the tremendous personal risk our noble Sons and Daughters take who willingly serve to protect this country they must love so dearly. The great benefits of freedom and safety all Americans enjoy, delivered up to them by these brave Americans can never, in my opinion, ever be overstated. I know I will never truly comprehend the horrors and the enormous stress that the men of my family and their brothers have witnessed in war.  I struggle with that as I do believe it is the responsibility of every American to appreciate to their deepest depth what these brave defenders of our freedom endure. However, and in spite of my great loyalty to these most noble and courageous Warriors among us, I do believe I am quite capable of questioning intelligently, the unjust and coercive circumstances leading to the imprisonment of some of our Sons in Leavenworth.  I am a mother and never have been one for turning Brothers against Brothers and I am certainly not one who supports sacrificing and punishing our American Sons to appease the very brutal and sneaky enemy we are fighting.

My purpose in writing this letter to you is to ask for your review of the troubling "charge" of premeditated murder in Sgt. Derrick Miller’s case, and furthermore, the troubling witness testimony that led to the egregious life sentence of Sgt. Miller.  My original intent was to ask for your consideration of a reduction in the sentence of Sgt. Derrick Miller. I believe the charge of premeditated murder is absurd, given the proper protocol this Soldier followed and the coerciveness involved in the witness testimony of his conviction.  In my opinion, this conviction, considering all the facts of the case, present a horrifying predicament for all our Soldiers serving in war.

However, as you are presently reviewing the records for transfer of 79 Gitmo detainees out of Gitmo, I respectfully ask for your same review of Sgt Miller’s record, and for that matter, a review of all our Sons serving in Leavenworth in relation to their actions on the battlefield of this war.

I reference this article in support of my request:;_ylt=AwrBT9UkCUhUNEAA.hdXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTExcTdidDdsBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1VJQzFfMQ--

I ask that you review Sgt. Derrick Miller's exemplary record and consider a transfer of Sgt. Derrick Miller from Ft Leavenworth, to his family home in Maryland.  I, and many Americans who have written letters in support of Sgt. Derrick Miller (150 letters from Americans hand delivered to Congressman Chris Van Hollen on Sept 30th), can assure you, Sgt. Miller would have no intention of returning to the battlefield of Afghanistan.  No Sir, Sgt. Derrick Miller is only interested and would be most grateful to return to his family home so that he might be with his family and his two beautiful little girls that he so willingly served 3 deployments to keep safe.  I assume that would be the case too for other Soldiers serving in Leavenworth who you would deem appropriate for transfer to their family homes.

With regard to the “strange” circumstances of the conviction of Sgt Miller, I quote the words of Congressman Charlie Rangel, from a letter (attached) he wrote to General Odinero in September of 2012, requesting a clemency hearing for Sgt. Miller:

He wrote to the General, “Due to the complicated circumstances of Sgt Miller’s case, and the extreme nature of war, I believe a clemency hearing would be appropriate.”  These words I believe were carefully and correctly chosen, and written by a Veteran, a “Brother.”  Sgt Miller was granted a clemency hearing, but clemency was denied.

Complicated circumstances and the extreme nature of war truly do describe this good Soldier’s predicament on September 26, 2010 in the region of Watan Gatu, Afghanistan. What is most troubling to me after reading the trial testimony, is the charge of "premeditated murder."

I ask you Sir, what Soldier who intends to commit murder, asks permission to pursue further questioning of a suspicious Afghan man he sees surveilling his perimeter (and according to trial testimony by Sgt Miller’s fellow Soldiers, their FOB was surrounded on 4 sides by hostile villages, so it seems Sgt. Miller was doing due diligence to protect his men), and then takes two witnesses with him to question the man?  And along the way he arms himself.  Isn't that required by our Soldiers, to arm themselves for protection, especially if they believe they are approaching the enemy?  Sgt Miller’s testimony is that a struggle ensued between himself and the Afghan man Atta Mohammad, and he shot Mohammad in self-defense.  Isn’t that the right and duty of an American Soldier on this battlefield in this combat zone when a man (especially one who when questioned claims he’s there to fix a water pump, he has no tools, then he claims he’s there to fix a wire, no tools!) tries to grab his gun?

The rest of this story is just horrendous.  Both witnesses at trial admitted changing their story about what happened.  At first they said there was a struggle for the gun.  Later, their story changed to Derrick shot him, no struggle.  Spec.  Miller was threatened with prosecution as an accessory to murder, but upon a grant of immunity, he changed his story.  The Interpreter, well that is just disgusting what went on.  He was paid $630 a month, allowed to live on the base, was promised a VISA to live in the US, was taken to Chicago a couple months before the trial to look around and see if he would like living there, and eventually was given the VISA and is living here somewhere in this country.

There was no forensics done on the body or the gun.  In a civilian court, seems to me all this would lead to the case being thrown out but this case was tried in a military court.  I ask you Secretary Hagel, what kind of justice is this for a good Soldier who willingly deployed 3 times to serve and protect his country?

Lastly, within 20 minutes of the incident with Sgt Miller, whose fear all along was that his base was about to be attacked, their base was attacked.  Since Derrick's gun went off, the base went on 100% security and everyone had moved out of positions they were previously in.  The blasts landed where Soldiers would have been sitting and we would have had wounded and possibly killed AMERICAN SONS! However, not one Soldier was hurt and there were no fatalities. As reported by one of the Soldiers in his testimony at trial, this attack came from all 4 villages they were surrounded by, and one of those villages is where Atta Mohammad pointed to as his home.   

Sgt. Miller’s NCO report is exemplary.  It seems apparent to me that the military had high regard for Sgt Miller as just weeks prior to this incident, Derrick Miller was promoted to Sergeant.  In trial testimony, all the Soldiers serving with Sgt. Miller describe him as "outstanding" military character, “excellent military character” “truthful”, his demeanor described as “calm and collected and good head on his shoulders”, and I must add, God Bless the Soldier who, when asked if Sgt Miller could be rehabilitated, he stated there is nothing wrong with Derrick, he's fine! 

Secretary Hagel, in talking with members of the military, I am told Sgt. Miller followed proper protocol in this red hot combat zone.  However, due to the testimony of two witnesses who changed their stories several times, Sgt. Derrick Miller will now serve a life sentence with the chance of parole in 10 long years.

The trial testimony indicates that this FOB was completely surrounded by hostile villages, and had received no less than 52 separate reports of armed insurgents in the area.  Testimony from Soldiers at trial was that their intelligence from numerous previous missions, including the tragically devastating mission in Watawu Afghanistan, had proven time and time again that the villagers surrounding the FOB would routinely wander through with the sole purpose of gathering information on the weapons, personnel and movements of our troops. The reports from Watawu even indicated that the local workers would mysteriously fail to report to work on the days that an attack was imminent. As one Soldier stated “They were a great indicator for us Sir!” Shortly thereafter, our men would find themselves under intense, complex attack.  This intelligence, coupled with the hot combat area in which the FOB that Derrick was assigned in Watangatu, made Atta Mohammed's presence inside Derrick's FOB on September 26th dangerous and particularly suspicious.  When one Soldier was asked if they were hit the night of the 26th, the Soldier answered that yes, it was a complex attack , “We got hit by 4 villages.”  He was then asked, when the complex attack occurred, what did the ANA Soldiers do?  He answered that they hid behind the schoolhouse!  A further question was asked, “Did they participate at all in defending the Americans?”  The answer by the Soldier was “No Sir.”

And we pay these ANA Soldiers??!!!!!!!  And then when one of our Sons follows proper protocol to question a suspicious Afghan creeping around the perimeter where he and his Brothers are doing everything they can to protect themselves and each other in their desperate attempt to stay alive and perform their military duties, Sgt. Derrick Miller ends up in Leavenworth.  Based on, in my opinion, coerced testimony of witnesses, one choosing immunity rather than being charged as an accessory to murder, and the other, an Afghan interpreter rewarded with money and freedom to enjoy this beautiful country with it’s freedom and liberty Sgt Derrick Miller and his brothers fought and sacrificed to provide!  How absurd and disgusting is the ending of this story!

Secretary Hagel, I’ve read that you volunteered to be drafted into the Vietnam War, even rejecting the draft board recommendation that you instead go to college.  I also read that you and your brother served in the same infantry squad and that it is reported you saved each others lives at some point.  As a mother, I know that is what I raised my Sons to do and I know your mother must have been so very proud of you both.  I also know from the brave men in my family that that pure love of brotherhood encompasses and extends to their brothers-in-arms.  I read that you earned several awards, including two Purple Hearts.  I honor your heroic service and am so very grateful to you and your brother, truly with all my heart, both for your service and your brave willingness to serve during a war that you and all your brothers were treated with such despicable disrespect.  My deepest apologies to you and your brother for the ignorance of “some” stupid Americans.

I ask you, Sir, as one who has obviously served so nobly in the extreme nature of war and the horrors of the battlefield, please take under your review, the records of our American Sons in Leavenworth, as you are doing for the 79 detainees in Gitmo.  President Obama stated as part of the reason for the release of the 5 top Taliban Commanders in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl that, after all, the war is winding down in Afghanistan.  Well Sir, then that reasoning should apply to a review of the records and sentences of our American Sons in Leavenworth, as the war is winding down for them too.  I believe and hope that if you start your review of Sgt Derrick Miller’s case, you too will intelligently conclude that this good Sergeant followed protocol to protect his men, and ultimately, he engaged his right to defend himself in a combat zone. 

With A Mother’s Heart & A Very Proud Supporter of The Brave Men and Women of the United States Military,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

>>>Note:  Read Regal's letter for Sgt. Miller here...<<<

On June 30th, 2014, Dana Loesch invited me to join her in studio on the Glenn Beck Show to discuss the harsh and horrendous life sentence Sgt Miller is currently serving in Leavenworth for defending himself on a battlefield in Afghanistan.  Throughout this war on terror, Dana Loesch has been a relentless supporter of our brave men and women in uniform and her unwavering support of our Troops means the world to them and to me.  I am deeply grateful to Dana and her husband, Chris, for this opportunity and I truly believe there is a special place in Soldier Heaven for them both.  Below is the link to the show:

Sgt Derrick Miller served his country through 3 deployments and he did so proudly and willingly.  Sgt Miller was a good Soldier who secured many medals and rose to the rank of Sergeant.  On his last deployment in Afghanistan, Sgt Miller detained an Afghan man named Atta Mohammed for questioning.  As Derrick's unit was surrounded by hostile villagers on all 3 sides, and they had been taking heavy fire over time, the good Soldier Derrick was concerned when Atta Mohammed came from different directions entering their perimeter.  Derrick became concerned when Mohammed told him he was there to fix a water pump, no wait, then he was there to fix a generator, and all the while Atta Mohammed telling Derrick "I not Taliban, the Soldiers killed my brother, but I not Taliban."  Well the Good Soldier Derrick noticed Atta Mohammed had no tools.  A struggle ensued with a gun and Derrick shot and killed "the Afghan man" as he was only allowed to be referred to at trial.

I later asked Derrick if he was sorry he shot Atta Mohammed (I only asked because that seems to be the ridiculous question the liberals want answered).  Derrick looked me right in the eye and responded "I'm sorry he tried to get my gun so I had to shoot him.  I'm sorry about that."

Sgt Derrick defended himself and his Brothers on the battlefield that day.  When the gun went off, the perimeter was put on high alert and according to Derrick, within 20 minutes the base was attacked.  On high alert, our Soldiers had moved out of their regular positions and not one American Soldier lost his life in that attack.  Many of the men in Derrick's platoon believed he saved their lives that day.

I refer you to Sgt Miller's website, for further details.  With two witnesses who changed their stories and no forensics done on the gun nor the body, Derrick was convicted of a life sentence with a chance of parole in 10 years.  He can never prove his story because all the evidence is destroyed.

Sgt Derrick Miller defended himself on this lopsided battlefield where winning hearts and minds have cost precious lives and limbs and where the insane rules of engagement and catch and release policies have afforded all the advantages to this brutal enemy we are fighting.  This is a battlefield that has left our Sons victims in a lose lose situation!  Derrick asked me to ask the representatives up on hill, "would they rather it would have been him who was killed?!"

Now as this brave American Son of ours sits locked up in Leavenworth with other Soldiers charged for crimes on this battlefield, this President is releasing terrorists from Gitmo right and left.  Why, I had a rep for Donna Edwards, Chris Schloesser, boldly tell us in a meeting that the goal of this administration is to close Gitmo!! And that door to Gitmo has been swinging open constantly since this President has been elected. And he isn't just releasing terrorists that will go back to their families, oh no, they will head right back to the battlefield to kill and maim more of our precious Sons.  The reckless release of the savage Ali Musa DaqDuq by this administration was unconscionable. DaqDuq killed 5 of our Soldiers but before he killed them he tortured 4 of them and then dumped their precious bodies on the side of a road.  I guarantee he isn't going home to his mother or family, he is right back on the battlefield and God help and watch over our Soldiers!  His release by this administration is an outrage and a slap in the face to every Warrior who has fought and died in this war.

I can guarantee you this, when Derrick is released, he will return home to his two daughters and family and he will get a job and live his life in peace.

What does Sgt Derrick Miller's mother do to try and secure the release of her son, because this President never talks about freeing America's Sons.  Renee, Derrick's mother, bakes cupcakes all week and sells them at her Church socials so that she can try and visit her son and get him the legal help he so desperately needs and deserves.  This wonder woman who raised a Warrior who proudly wore the uniform of this great country will be baking cupcakes for a long time as he is now serving his third year at Leavenworth.

Please visit: and hit the donate button on Renee's website for traveling expenses.  It has been one year since Derrick has seen his family and his beautiful little girls so any donation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

I have promised Sgt Miller and his mother that I won't stop until Derrick is home where he belongs.  We will be heading up to the hill in September for more meetings with representatives and we could sure use your help and support by ringing those phones up there. I was told by a great Warrior I love and respect that the reason Michael Behenna walks free today is because of the constant pressure we Americans generated on his behalf.  We can do this again and the time has come for our Sons to be treated with the same courtesy and consideration as this President affords the terrorists and their families.  But that will not happen without your help!  We need you to ring those phones up there and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, LET OUR SONS GO HOME!

If you will, please call your Congressmen and Senators and ask them to help us secure a reduction in this cruel life sentence Derrick is serving, or better yet, ask them to release Derrick and all our Soldiers of the Leavenworth 10 who are still serving.  What is good enough for the terrorists should damn well be good enough for America's Sons!!!  This President has given as a reason to release these dangerous terrorists that the wars are winding down. SO, he needs to extend the same courtesy to our Sons as he does to the terrorists and open that door to Leavenworth and let our Sons of the L10 go home!!!

If you will, please forward this to all your lists and Twitter using the hashtag #FreeDerrickMiller.  This is the beginning of an all out effort to Free Derrick Miller and we hope you will join us.  We need daily calls, letters, emails, all you radio folks out there, please invite Renee on your show and give her the opportunity to help her get her Son's sentence reduced and/or to help her secure her Sons' release.  All you journalists, please step up and write about Derrick's case.  I am so very grateful to Marinka Peschmann for her excellent article about Sgt Derrick Miller.

She is another tireless supporter of our Troops and with her help, and Dana's, and all of you Patriots out there, we can and we will make great strides on behalf of the mothers of this country who raised Warriors Sons and now need and deserve to have their Sons come home!

The motto of The Band of Mothers is "Warriors Come From Warriors".  Well, it is time for the warrior moms in this great country to kick it into full gear and fight for our warrior Sons!

With A Mother's Heart, Thank You!
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Lone Survivor - Marcus Luttrell

 Lone Survivor Official Trailer #1 -

I recently saw the movie "Lone Survivor", based on the book by Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell.  I read the book when it came out and I had the opportunity to meet Marcus when he spoke at the Union League here in Chicago in 2012.  It was an absolute honor to meet Marcus, his lovely wife, and Mr Rigby (Marcus's dog who goes with him everywhere)...


Honoring Memorial Day

The following beautiful video was sent to me by Jim Diehl, Vietnam Veteran, Gathering of Eagles, and as he stated, it is most appropriate on this Memorial Day 2014:

“To Fight For Others’ Safety and Freedom Knowing That This Path of  Service May Include Their Life and the Suffering of Their Loved Ones. They Know That Freedom Has Never Been Free That the Price of Freedom Has Always Been the Blood of the Warrior.” “The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must  suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”  Douglas MacArthur

As you gather with your family and friends this Memorial Day, please remember the brave men and women who laid down their lives so that you and yours may live free.  Say a prayer for their families and please say a prayer for their Brothers still fighting to protect us and this beautiful way of life we all enjoy.

“There is no greater love than this, that a man should lay down his  life for his friends.”  John 15:13

With A Mother’s Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Honor Flight

I headed to DC Monday night so I could join an honor Flight coming up from Florida on Tuesday. Vietnam Veteran John Stewart let me know they would be there on Tuesday so I went to hug them, thank them, and tell them how very sorry I was that barricades were being put up to keep them out of THEIR Memorials. It was absolutely one of the BEST days of my life. I am ALWAYS in the BEST company when I'm in the company of our Troops and our Veterans and yesterday I was honored to spend time with both! This was an AWESOME Honor Flight as many Vietnam Veterans accompanied their WWII Brothers. I get teary eyed just thinking about it tonight and I know I will for the rest of my life.


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Some of the photos above are from John Stewart.  John is one of the Vietnam Veterans who accompanied our WWII Heroes to DC on Tuesday.  This was his 6th Honor Flight for the year!

Below are some of John's websites that he manages.  He is truly another example of how our Veterans NEVER stop looking out for their Brothers.

I gave and received hugs and kisses that I will cherish forever! I had wonderful conversations with these Heroes and many told me what they were doing on December 7th and how the whole country came together because that's what Americans did back then. "We were all in this together and the women were greater than the men, working in the factories and supporting us any way they could", was what one Warrior told me. Many of these Heroes got choked up and said they never ever had so many Americans coming up to them and thanking them. Some of them expressed anger and disappointment about the barricades but they said that all the people thanking them made up for it. One Veteran told me that he was so disappointed at the attitude of the young people coming up today because they are taking their precious freedom for grated. This Hero had a young man chaperoning him that said the kids at his school really don't even know nor do they care who is in their government or how it works. He had plans to attend an ROTC program next year.

I met Policemen and Park Rangers who moved barricades and welcomed our Heroes into THEIR Memorials. I met a wonderful and kind Policeman who shared his outrage with me regarding these barricades and he was going to turn his back while I moved a barricade to let these Heroes into THEIR Memorials! That didn't work out but it was no fault of this awesome Policeman. This same Policeman let a Japanese tourist group into that Memorial because they had come to pay their respects to our WWII Heroes who they credit for the freedoms they enjoy to this day! I met another Japanese couple at the Air Force Memorial who told me they were there to pay their respects and show their gratefulness to the American Heroes who truly saved them! I saw a Park Ranger who moved a barricade and shook the hand of every Veteran and welcomed them into THEIR memorial. I was never more proud of Americans than I was yesterday! I have always maintained that Americans love and revere our Troops and Veterans and I have 17 Volumes of Post Cards for Soldiers to prove that is the case! Yesterday we all came together to show our love and appreciation to these GREAT AMERICAN HEROES and it is by far one of the greatest days of my life and so many of these precious Heroes said the same thing.

At the WWII Memorial, nobody paid any attention to a barricade and Our Veterans went all through the Memorial. I was fortunate to speak to an active duty Army Ranger and he was worried and concerned regarding all the classified information being released from this administration. He shared with me that it was a very hard time to be in the military. I promised him that I would do everything I could to affect change in the next election to throw out the Democrats who were making it so very hard for him and his Brothers. He told me "it sure doesn't seem they give a damn about us". He thanked me and said he'd appreciate that. I apologized too that we didn't succeed in getting him a new Commander-in-Chief last November. We hugged and he said "Thank You Ma'am". I honestly had to get myself together after that conversation.

At the WWII memorial, we could hear the drums banging over at the SEIU AFL-CIO Nancy Pelosi Immigration Rally where there were NO barricades at all. Some of the Veterans expressed anger over that and especially that the people over there were illegal and they were welcomed in, yet barricades were put up to keep our Veterans out of THEIR Memorials!

I was told there were 30 Democrats at that Immigration rally and we need to find out who they are and we need to send them home in the next election!!!

I want to thank Griff Jenkins of Fox news for coming out to interview these Heroes. He talked to many of them and hey all seemed to enjoy talking to him. It didn't surprise me that Fox News was the only news organization covering this heartwarming and historical event! The liberal media is NEVER interested in good things happening for our Troops and Veterans and there was a lot of good happening yesterday at these Memorials.

I want to thank Chad and Brian, Phil and Heater, and Chief for joining us. They sure enjoyed it themselves too.
I have attached some photos and if you visit John website at,  scroll down to the right side for West Central Honor Flight Oct 8th and you will see some really great pictures John took yesterday.

Thank you to John, for your service to this country and for letting me know about the trip. This is John's 6th Honor Flight Trip! God Bless You and All The Great Folks at Honor Flight for all you are doing for these Great American Heroes!

Special Thanks to all the Noble Heroes who let me hang out with them! It was truly an honor to spend a day with the Great Americans Who Truly Saved The World! It truly was one of the best days of my life and I'll never forget it. I swear I could feel my father's heart within mine yesterday and he was happy that his daughter let his brothers know how much we love them, honor them and revere them and how sorry we are about the disrespectful barricades that nobody paid attention to.

This ones for you Dad:  (Preview)

I'll find you in the morning sun and when the night is through, I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you!

To All Our Troops & Veterans , My Family Loves & Reveres Each & Everyone of YOU! We are forever grateful!

God Bless You All & God Bless America!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Concerned Veterans For America
"Defend Freedom Bus Tour"

I am very proud to be joining Concerned Veterans For America on their nationwide bus tour to "Defend Freedom."  Throughout October, the "Defend Freedom Tour" bus will roll through a dozen states over three weeks.  You can follow our route at and we hope you will come out and join us along the way.

More and more, with every passing day, I see our freedom and beautiful way of life eroding. The national debt continues to escalate at an alarming rate and terrorism and threats to our homeland are increasing. What I find so disheartening and hard to take is the our Veterans and our Troops are suffering the most.  Our Troops face benefit/pay cuts and our Veterans can't find jobs and wait years for benefits they need and so deserve.  These brave Warriors fought and sacrificed enormously to keep us safe and free!   This is not acceptable and we as a nation must fight for them as they have fought for all of us!

I look forward to getting my "boots on the ground" on this tour! I am proud and so honored to be in the company of those who are always the BEST company, our Veterans, as well as our military families and Great Patriots!

You can view those on board here:

If we pass through your town, we hope you'll come out and meet us.  We as Americans must stick together and work to defend our freedom and our beautiful way of life.  They say "you don't know what you got 'til it's gone" but I believe we all know how precious our freedom is and the time has come to fight for it before it is gone forever!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Oscar Mike & The Band of Mothers

Recently I sent many emails asking folks to help out OscarMike and participate in their Kickstarter program.  OscarMike is an Illinois company owned and operated by Veterans!  This company employs Veterans and they only make American made products!  How beautiful is that!!!

Their Kickstarter campaign went great and was a huge success, thanks to the huge support of all of you on this email list!

My husband and I recently met and had dinner with Noah Currier, President of OscarMike, and employees Renee and Joey .  Attached are photos from our  dinner.  It was an honor to meet these wonderful Patriots! From left to right in the photos: Renee (a beautiful lady and "partner" to Noah), Noah, and Joey!  Noah and Joey are both Veterans who have not let life altering injuries stand in the way of achieving great things in their life.

You know, the Veterans at OscarMike are the epitome of what makes America the great country that it is!!!  These Veterans are extraordinary Americans and it is my hope all of you folks out there will continue to support OscarMike!  Their apparel is awesome and it is all American Made!

This video below is an excellent introduction to OscarMike and the Veterans who work there.   Please forward this information to all those on your contact list and Thank You All for making the OscarMike Kickstarter Program a success!  AND please shop OscarMike for all your T-shirts and hooded shirts.  Your support means the world to these Veterans and when you wear their shirts, you support Heroes who support America!!!

Thank You
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

July 4, 2014
Independence Hall
Philadelphia, PA

I was so fortunate on the 4th of July, in Philadelphia, to attend the presentation of the Patriots of the Year Award to most deserving Veterans, Joe Eastman, Chris Hill and the 2nd Brigade.  I would not have missed this for the world!  How appropriate is it that they received this award in the heart of the city known as the "City of Brotherly Love!"    They love their Brothers, not just in their words, but in the many deeds they do for them!  From assisting our homeless Vets find a meal, a place to sleep and a job, Joe, Chris and the wonderful Veterans and Patriots of the 2nd Brigade have arranged a tremendous amount of Welcome Homes and have escorted many of their Brothers on their final ride.

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Radio talk show host Dom Giordano presented this award to Chris and Joe, at this well attended event that drew more of a crowd than the Mayor's event, as noted by Dom.  Photos are attached.

After the presentation, we walked along the parade route and never was I more incensed at the lack of respect shown our military than by those spectators who sat alongside the street during the parade.  As all factions of our military rolled and walked down the parade route, there was not even the slightest gesture of respect and gratefulness shown them by the spectators, UNTIL CHRIS HILL & THE GLORIOUS MEMBERS OF THE 2nd BRIGADE CAME ALONG!  Why you haven't heard hooting and hollering and clapping like that ever in your life!  I guarantee you, thanks to Chris and the 2nd Brigade, our military were regaled as they should be!  It brought tears to my eyes and suddenly, I think out of shame I hope they felt, some of the spectators began to clap and some even stood up!  I direct you to photo 3085, that is a photo of Veteran and one of my Heroes, Chris Hill, doing what he spends his life doing, thanking one of his noble Brothers for his service!  Look at photo 3087, that is right about the time the 2nd Brigade's boots hit the parade route and the clapping and hooting and hollering began.  Look and you can see the Soldier in his tank gazing down with a smile.  I thank God we came along and I pray to God every night that Americans wake up and realize that without our Troops and our Veterans, they would NEVER EVER enjoy a day of freedom and liberty!

Lastly, please take a look at photo 3070, look at the eyes of the Veterans when Chris Hill came out and shared with his Brothers, the Patriots Award he noted belongs to all of them for all they do!  Just look at the gleam in their eyes and their happiness to know they are regarded as Patriots of the Year for looking out for their Brothers.  They do what they do out of love for their Brothers and their country and they do it humbly and without fanfare.  But by the look in their eyes, it is clear to me it means the world to them to know that some Americans care enough TO THANK A VET! 

My deepest appreciation to Don Giordano for his acknowledgment of all the great deeds these Veterans do!  They carry their Brothers in their hearts and in their noble deeds! 

My Deepest Respect & Gratefulness To Joe Eastman, Chris Hill and the 2nd Brigade For All They Do To Show Love & Appreciation to our Veterans!  

As noted in photo 3055, THANK A VET!  EVERY CHANCE YOU GET!!!

With A Grateful Heart I Am & Always Will Be,

The Very Proud Daughter of a WWII Navy Veteran, the Very Proud  Sister of a Marine, Vietnam, and the Very Proud Mother of a Son, 82nd Airborne,

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Parker Lee "Chip" Gerdes

May 7, 2013

Yesterday morning, the Conservative movement lost a relentless Warrior. Chip Gerdes was a force to be reckoned with.

I use to tell him that I was grateful he was on our side because it would be very very bad for us if he had been fighting on the other side.

There will NEVER be anyone ever again like Chip.  His loss is a great loss for all Conservatives.

Chip was honored on the floor of Congress yesterday by Congressman Ann Wagner and that is as it should be.  He fought his heart out in this battle of good vs evil we are in and nobody understood the battle moves better than Chip and nobody executed them better either. 

When Andrew Breitbart died, Chip sent me the following song.  He said it was his favorite Andrew song.  I hope you'll click on the link below and play it, in honor and memory of two of the greatest Warriors of our time.  I think Chip would like that.

I've included below just some of the words written yesterday about this great Warrior.

Please keep Chip's wife and daughter in your prayers.

I will miss you Chip, so very much.  You will have a good rest now.

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

"The Hero" Dedicated to the Mothers of Our Wounded.

The Iraq Star Foundation is now officially known as Rebuilding America's Warriors We have changed our name to better reflect our mission offering reconstructive surgery to our wounded and disfigured soldiers returning from all wars from September 11, 2001 forward.

CPAC 2013

The Band of Mothers attended CPAC this year and what we looked forward to most was the Friday evening event organized in conjunction with Col North's organization, Freedom Alliance. The plan was to host several of our Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed and enable them a night out with truly appreciative Americans who love them for their courage and willingness to risk their lives to keep us safe.  We met at Shelly's Back Room in DC and it was a wonderful night we won't ever forget!  I think I speak for all of us who attended, there is no company we would rather be in than with the very brave Warriors who make our freedom and safety possible!    

To Jeremy, Sgt David, Sgt Robert C, Marine David C, I know I speak for all of us who participated in our get-together at Shelly's, we can NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO KEEP US SAFE!  To be in your company is to be in the company of the most noble and courageous Americans among us! Thank you for honoring us with your presence and for allowing us to show our appreciation to you for your service and sacrifice!

I want to thank the great Patriots who joined The Band of Mothers and made this a most memorable evening for these Heroes:  Katie, Jeannie and James, Chad, Phil and Heather, Chris, Francis, Brian and Justin!  Thank you all for making this a wonderful evening!  

Below is a great write-up of the evening by Pepper of Freedom Alliance with a link to photos included.  I really can't thank him and Freedom Alliance enough for arranging this event and for all they do for our Troops.  Attached please find information on Freedom Alliance and please post and forward information about this wonderful organization!  When I was growing up, Col North's name was honored in our home for the Hero that he was then and still is today!  Not many folks know all that he and his organization do for our Troops so please take the time to read the attached.  Consider a donation to Freedom Alliance for it is great Patriots like these that continue to honor our Troops and give back to them!

I'll never forget that Post Card I collected from Col North at my very first CPAC.   It read, "Dear Soldier, Soldier On!"  As we witnessed Friday night, that is what our Heroes do, no matter what obstacles are put in their path, they Soldier On!  We must follow their courageous example and Soldier On in our support of them and all they do to keep us safe and free! 

May God Always Bless Our Heroes of The United States Military! 

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


2013-03-15 Cigar Night in DC Summary

I met Beverly Perlson at CPAC in 2007.  I was approached by this fiery lady whose only wish was to get a postcard signed by Colonel North so she could ship it to her son, a soldier who was deployed to Iraq.  Since then, she has collected hundreds (if not thousands) of postcards from celebrities and the general public to send overseas in a show of support to our troops.  She has also compiled these postcards into several editions of books that not only show the gratitude for our troops, but shows the history of this war in a unique way.  Beverly and I have continued to see each other every year at CPAC.  This year, though, Beverly wanted to sponsor a dinner for a few troops from Walter Reed.  Tim was more than happy to coordinate with the troops and secure a reservation.    

On Friday night, March 15, I picked up Marine Jeremy Lattimer at his home in Arlington and we cruised into the city for what would be an entertaining night of good food, great company, and fine cigars.  “Latz” as he is known to us, has been on multiple Freedom Alliance events and outings.  We have been supporting his recovery for over a year.  We were introduced to him through Doc Fowler, Col North’s corpsman from Vietnam who now runs a TBI clinic at Walter Reed.  Latz has several deployments under his belt, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and a Marine Expeditionary Unit.  He was exposed to multiple IED blasts that resulted in a brain injury.

Arriving in the dim, smoky atmosphere of Shelly’s Backroom, one of the few cigar bars in our nation’s capital, we found the reserved section for Freedom Alliance and waited for the rest of the group to show.  Shortly thereafter, we saw the “high and tight” haircuts of two Marines approaching us – two staff members of the detachment at Walter Reed.  In an effort to gauge their familiarity with Freedom Alliance, I asked if they ever heard of us.  “Oh yes, I see your name on events all the time,” replied GySgt David, “you all are taking some of our Marines to Costa Rica, right?”  Word gets around.  GySgt David Hendin not only is a staff member of the detachment, but was also wounded in Iraq.  The other Gunnery Sergeant, Gunny Robert Cruz, had arrived at Walter Reed merely three weeks ago to join the staff, and has one more year before retirement. 

As we were getting to know each other, the kind-hearted and strongly devoted Beverly Perlson, along with a dozen or so of her friends, entered the area to fill the rest of the seats.  Among her guests were very patriotic folk that are staunch advocates of our military.  All were in DC for CPAC, but each admitted that this night was what they were truly looking forward to.  Several of Bev’s friends were veterans, including Chad, a veteran of the Iraq war who brightened to be in the company of fellow warriors.

As the night got started, Bev passed around fine Camacho and Pepin Garcia cigars for the troops to enjoy, selected by her husband Judd who is an expert connoisseur of all things tobacco.   At that moment, another guest arrived: Marine David Crouse, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician who lost a hand and an eye in a tragic training accident in Cambodia.  David and his friend Chris joined the banter. 

Jeremy and Gunny David started swapping war stories.  I watched as they joked back and forth about Iraq, then Jeremy turned to me saying, “The Gunny was in the same unit as me, at the same time, in Iraq…2d Battalion, 2d Marines!”  David nodded, adding, “Small Corps.”   I spoke at length to the new addition to the detachment staff, Gunny Robert Cruz, who said working at Walter Reed has been one of the most inspiring jobs of his life.  “These guys come to me talking about their accomplishment of the day, with big grins, about how they just completed this activity or that – guys without legs, wheeling down the hallway with a smile. Their character trumps the struggle of everyday life.”

Around 10pm we called it a night, hugging Beverly and her crew and thanking them for a fun evening.  I feel that this will become a cherished annual tradition for Beverly and Freedom Alliance.

Mr. Pepper Ailor | Director of Programs
Fact Sheet for Freedom Alliance

Pictures can be found on SmugMug:

My Deepest Condolences to the Family of Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle: 

"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

Today this American Hero, this larger than life Warrior, will be laid to rest.  I have no doubt God and his Brothers will be waiting for him with open arms.  I once asked a Chaplain how he viewed our Warriors, whose job it is to kill the enemy.  He told me something I will never forget.  They are Shepherds of Peace, he said, for without their courage and resolve, evil would rule our world.     

"I had a job to do as a SEAL. I killed the enemy--an enemy I saw day in and day out plotting to kill my fellow Americans. I'm haunted by the enemy's successes. They were few, but even a single American life is one too many lost."

Chris Kyle, quote from his book, "American Sniper."

I am so deeply grateful for the courage and most noble resolve of this brave American Hero, Chris Kyle, who risked his life countless times to keep my family and my country safe.  Words are not enough and never will be to adequately express my deepest love and appreciation to Him and his Brothers for their willingness to confront and fight pure evil on behalf of my family and all Americans.       

Please keep the family of this Hero in your prayers.  As it is finally prominent in the news the last two days, our Seals and all our Veteran's suffer shabby treatment by this nation when their noble service ends.  IT IS SHAMEFUL!!!!!!  It is my hope all Americans will buy Chris's book, "American Sniper." The proceeds will help take care of the family he leaves behind.  WE MUST TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS AND THE FAMILIES OF OUR FALLEN! IT IS SHAMEFUL AND DESPICABLE TO TAKE FOR GRANTED THE SERVICE & SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO WILLINGLY RISK THEIR LIFE TO KEEP YOU SAFE!   

In Memory & Tribute To Chris Kyle, American Warrior:

Godspeed Chris Kyle.  God Bless You & Your Brothers, Always and Forever. 

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Operation Jersey Cares: A Truly Phenomenal Troop Support Organization! 100% Volunteer!


The Fact Sheet provided on their website is impressive

This organization of Patriots is 100% Volunteer and 100% Non Profit!

"Since 2007, OJC has sourced, packed and mailed over 300,000 lbs of product directly to individual servicemen/women to be shared with their fellow warriors in combat zones and field hospitals. Donations include food, personal care items, clothing, blankets, phone cards, DVDs, stationary, magazines, paperbacks, and gift bags. Motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs have been donated to Veteran’s Nursing Homes.

It is very rare to find an organization like this where 100% donations go toward the Troops. This is possible as no staff are paid salaries, all participation is 100% volunteer! God Bless These folks!

Below is a recent letter Operation Jersey Cares received and it will bring tears to your eyes. It speaks to the heartwarming effect the efforts by these Volunteers and this organization have on our Troops and our Wounded Warriors.

Please visit their website and consider sending a Donation, every dime goes to the Troops!

And if you will, please forward to all your lists. 

Thank You
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Letter to Operation Jersey Cares:

Dear Operation Jersey Cares,

Hi, my name is LTJG Amy Nowakowski and I am a Navy nurse serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  I work in a Role III NATO hospital, and I have been in country for over five months now.  I received two huge boxes a couple weeks ago with all sorts of goodies packed in them from your organization and I wanted to share with you an email (below) I wrote my friends and family regarding your thoughtfulness.  Wow!  I cannot tell you enough how much we appreciated it.  We enjoyed reading the cards and everything went to GREAT use.  We were able to give some of the packages to wounded soldiers before flying out to Germany.  Many physicians, nurses, and corpsmen enjoyed the packages.  Thank you from everyone here at Role III Multi-national hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan!

Very Respectfully,

LTJG Amy Nowakowski

Letter to my family

      Just a quick update to let you know I am still alive and kicking!  Sorry it has been so long!  Just when I think we cannot get any more busier, we do.  Yesterday I was called in to work for over 12 hours after we received three very critical ALPHAS, all bilateral and triple amputees.  My patient was a 20 year old Army soldier who lost both legs above the knee and an arm above the elbow.  He received over 80 units of blood and was very unstable when I received him from the OR.  Unfortunately, there was something wrong with the plane and he was unable to fly out as an urgent.  It will now be another three to four days before he makes it to Germany.  We do not think he has that long.  Same goes for the other two soldiers.  I wish we had our own personal plane to fly these guys out.  Unfortunately, they will be delayed in receiving the care they need.  I pray they make it out of this country alive.  They deserve to pass away in a place of comfort surrounded by their loved ones, not escorted home in a coffin.   

    I have been taking care of a 13 year old Afghan boy for the past two weeks now.  Let me tell you, this kid is a fighter!  He had an appendectomy out in town which became horribly infected.  When we received him he was extremely septic.  When we placed a chest tube for example, purulent drainage spilled out of his thoracic cavity like I have never seen before.  They ended up doing a decortication thoracotomy, opened his abdomen to washout an abscess and placed an abdominal wound vac amongst various other procedures.  This kid literally has 6 drains coming from his chest and belly.  I have never seen anything like it.  His abdomen is hugely distended and necrotic.  We were finally able to extubate him and switch him over to a trach which he is tolerating much better and we have weaned him off the ventilator!  He makes eye contact with me now and it is really nice to finally get to see him awake.  He is such sweet boy.  Even after I finish doing painful dressing changes (we are treating his belly like a burn) which I cannot even imagine enduring, he puts his hand to his chest to say "thank you."  This is a sign of endearment in Afghan culture, they put their hand to their heart to signify gratitude and love.  Sometimes he gets anxious and the only thing he wants is for someone to sit with him.  So yesterday we did just that.  Hand in hand, we watched Shrek and Over the Hedge until I could practically recite the movie verbatim.  He squeezed my hand a couple times during the movie.  It is a good feeling to see him regain his strength.  He is definitely on the road to recovery.  I cannot wait to hear his sweet voice.  His prognosis was not good in the beginning but now we might actually see him walk out of the ICU.  I have been asked to accompany him in transfer to KRMH when he gets better.  Even though the mentor program has been canceled (more on this to follow) I am going to ensure the nurses know how to properly take care of his wounds, drains, etc.  It will be a treat just to see him well I am sure, but I think the experience will be eye opening.  I have never seen the hospital nor do I know what conditions they work under or how their patients are treated.  I hear by word of mouth, but now I get to see for myself!

    A couple days ago I picked up two gigantic boxes from our post office.  I could hardly manage to pick up the package myself it was so heavy!  The box was labeled "Operation Jersey Cares."  I thought to myself, "I don't know anyone in Jersey!?"  Inside the box was individually wrapped bags filled with toiletries, snacks, gum, socks etc.  Teachers, students, and families from different cities throughout the area made these care packages to support our troops!  It was so cute to read some of these cards written by second graders or admire their masterpieces (drawings with randomly placed blobs of color.)  Oh their imaginations!  One said, "Thank you soldier for saving the world."  "Feel better." "You are in my prayers soldier, I love you."  Seeing their little chicken scratch hand writing was adorable.  Some of my co-workers got teary eyed, some laughed at their innocence and choice of words, and others just smiled from ear to ear.  Wow, what a nice feeling to know you have so much support!  Everyone got a little treat that day that we shared with soldiers on the ward waiting for a flight out, our flight docs and nurses, and the OR staff.  A huge THANK YOU goes out to my godfather and godmother, or the Crow Flock as they call themselves.  You guys are awesome!  It really lifted our spirits and allowed us to forget about work for a couple minutes.  Little treasures and comforts from home is sometimes all it takes to give us a jump start.  It reminds us again why we are here.  Thank you for your continued support.  I love you guys!


Belated Thanksgiving Day Message:

This email was scheduled to go out on Wednesday, but the hackers have been busy! The Band of Mothers may have been down for awhile, but don't ever count us out!

Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful pause in our busy lives to give thanks, and when it comes to our Troops, who serve every single day of the year, we should give thanks for all they do, every single day of the year!

Belated Thanksgiving Day Message:


I have attached a list of organizations sent to me by Jessica Allen, wife of Wounded Warrior Chaz Allen (above). All I can say is what a woman and what a Hero! At my Thanksgiving day table, my family will give thanks for Brave American families such as theirs that exemplify the sheer will and great spirit of the American Warrior! It was an honor to receive Jessica's email. and Adventures

Jessica was kind enough to send this list to me so that those of us who want to support organizations that truly do make a difference in our Heroes lives, we would have a good guide. I know there has been some controversy regarding Wounded Warrior Project recently, but in Jessica's words "they are very visible at the hospital." I understand too they are having second thoughts regarding the "gun" controversy!

I would add to her list, an organization of the Stephen Siller Tunnell For Towers Foundations and the Gary Sinise Foundation. They just completed a smart home for Marine Sgt John Peck from the state of Illinois and this is one of several!

There is one organization I would like to highlight and this news comes from Skip Hermann here in Illinois:

In Skip's words "97 cents of every dollar goes directly to the troops!!" ( 4 yrs in a row now !!)

What an outstanding organization, it really doesn't get any better than that!

Please remember too those organizations sending Care Packages To our Troops this Christmas!

Operation Support Our Troops America and Move America Forward

I would be truly amiss if I didn't mention Col North's organization, Freedom Alliance:

They do so much, and most notably the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund:

What Col North continues to do so very well is remind us of the tough, honorable Americans who sacrifice so very much on our behalf, and they do so willingly and with great humility and pride:

As we move forward into the new year, please keep our Troops in your hearts and in your prayers. Please consider donations to these organizations, for they support our Troops.

God Bless Our Gold Star Families, Our Blue Star Families, and And God Please Bless & Watch Over Troops!

My family is so very thankful and so very grateful for all they do to keep us safe!

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


Outraged Father of Marine Speaks Out

I received an email recently from an enraged father of a soon to be deployed Marine. He was upset by Obama's speech at Sandy Hook. I didn't and just couldn't watch the latest narcissistic performance by the Campaigner-in-Chief who runs to photo ops with our Troops and then abandons them. I just couldn't stomach him exploiting the deaths of little children to further more of his destructive agenda.

I was deeply troubled by this Father's email that I had to remain silent for awhile. My civility has returned and I apologize to this father for my delay in addressing his request.

Below are excerpts of that email from the Father. Unlike our current Commander-in-Chief, I am fiercely protective of our Troops and divulging all of his email might endanger his Son:  

" The other night I watched and listened to this poor excuse for a President. During his speech he mentioned that he has had to address these horrible attacks 4 times since he has been President and then he named the 4. What he left out was one of the worst mass killings in our history that occurred during his presidency. The killings at Fort Hood!!!!!

I was on the road all day yesterday traveling on business. I turned my satellite radio station from channel to channel. Not one single news media outlet mentioned Fort Hood. Why? I believe I know why, because he is a Muslim. What was his reasoning for killing 13 people and wounding 35 others? Islam was his reason."


"The families of the Fort Hood killer don't even get death benefits or the wounded a purple heart because this Traitor-in-Chief had it called Work Place Violence."

This Marine Father's words are heartbreaking and it severely pains me to hear how much Obama and his reckless cronies are hurting our Troops and their families.

What happened at Ft Hood tears at the heart of any American who loves our Troops and loves this country. The slaughter of our Soldiers on American soil, on their base, was one of the most horrific tragedies in the history of this country. The fact that this President, the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, ignores this slaughter of our Troops is despicable, deplorable and gut wrenching, especially for the brave men and women who he commands, and their families! This Father's Son is about to deploy and his Son will be risking his life under the appease and apologize policies of this reckless Commander-in-Chief. The COIN strategy, written by the shamed General Petraeus, is a failed policy that has resulted in the maiming, killing and incarceration of our Sons! As I have stated countless times, this President and this reckless COIN policy affords all the advantages to this enemy on the battlefield.

Our Sons were gunned down at Ft Hood on November 5, 2009. The shooter, Major Hasan, yelled "Allahu Akbar" before killing 13 American Sons and wounding others. Since that horrific day, this jihadist continues to receive Army pay! Further, he has thrown tantrums demanding to wear his jihadist beard, resulting in the postponement of his day of judgment, and finally appeasement! And what does the "Traitor-in-Chief" have to say about all this! Nothing, except to refuse to call this the terrorist attack it was. This was "workplace violence" according to the him. That is a punch in the gut and a slap in the face to our Troops and those of us who love and revere them.

This Marine father is outraged and his fury is more aimed at the media, and rightfully so. Where have they been? Following this reckless President wherever he points them, that is where they have been! Look, I'm over here, the narcissist President says, and they all run and follow his lead. He never talks about the deaths of our troops or the bombings in Afghanistan, no way, we can't have that, the media will report it so don't mention those brave Warriors fighting and dying in Afghanistan! Keep that lapdog media distracted, and they are so easily distracted!

This Marine father is right to be outraged at this reckless and dangerous President and he is right to express outrage at the media! There is one great man who lived among us for a short time and who summed up really well what was happening to our Troops.

That man was Andrew Breitbart. He was bold and brave and NOBODY led him around, ever! He loved our Troops and he told their stories. I have often shared the post card Andrew wrote to our Troops back in 2009. As a matter of fact, when I attended Andrew's funeral, I gave a copy of this post card to several of his friends and colleagues at It was my hope Andrew's words to our Troops would be posted in a prominent place on HIS website. His words were a message of love and admiration to our Troops, and his message to the media was profound and so true!

You can find the words to that post card on the Band of Mothers website and it is my hope those of you on this email string will forward Andrew's words to any and all service members you know. Please post it on your websites so that our Troops see it and know there are those of us who feel they have, in Andrew's words "exhibited heroism".

Andrew apologized for the "putrid behavior of the mainstream media" and, to this Marine father, his Son, and to all our Troops, I too apologize.

Andrew's Post Card To Our Troops (2009):

"Dear Soldier,

I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the putrid behavior of the American media. You have exhibited heroism and they took the lowest road. I have committed all of my resources to undo that wrong. And the mainstream media and Hollywood will have been exposed as the traitors they are."

Andrew Breitbart

With A Mother's Heart, I am so very very sorry,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

As you celebrate Christmas, please hold our Brave Warriors in your thoughts and in your prayers.  There isn't a day that goes by that they don't think of you.

My family wishes all our Troops a Merry Christmas and I promise there isn't a day goes by that we don't think of all of you and pray for your safe return.  In this household, you are revered and held in the highest regard.  We love you all and at our dinner table, we will pray for you and thank God there are such brave and noble Americans such as YOU!

May God Bless & Watch Over Each and Everyone of You.

Merry Christmas and I hope for a New Year filled with deep appreciation from all Americans for your noble service and sacrifice! 

With All My Heart,

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


Could new federal prison house Gitmo detainees?

Whitehouse bypasses Congress, buys new Federal Prison.

Click link below to hear Beverly Perlson on Fox News.

Long Overdue Silver Star Presented: Lt Ron Ross

This past Saturday my husband and I were so very honored to attend the presentation of the Silver Star to the family of Lt Ron Ross. John Ross, the son of Lt Ron Ross, was just a newborn when his father gave his life for his country at Fire base Kate back in 1969.  John, his wife and daughter came from Iowa to receive this most honorable and long overdue award. They are a lovely family and it was such an honor to meet them. You can read the details of this most distinguished ceremony written by Laura Anderson Shaw at Quad-Cities Online:


I want to add a special thank you to Congressman Bobby Schilling and his Veteran's Affairs Officer, Ken Moffett, for their diligence in making folks aware of the story of LZ Kate and the heroic sacrifice by Lt Ross at that fire base back in 1969.  However, I want the world to know about another Hero who performed so very courageously at LZ Kate.  Lt Ross died in the arms of the extraordinary and courageous 21 year old Army Special Forces Capt William Albracht.  After the death of Lt Ross, Capt Albracht carried on that dreadful day and due to his remarkable and brave actions, this Son from Illinois led the evacuation from Fire base Kate that saved the lives of 150 Soldiers and Montgnards. 


It is remarkable to me what this brave young American did!  What is most astounding to this mother is that Capt Albracht never made it to the ceremony to accept his "Impact Award" at Ban Me That.  He was picked up by helicopter on his way to the ceremony when a call came in that four gravely wounded US Soldiers needed transport.  In his unwavering devotion to his Brothers , this young brave Captain told the pilot to take the wounded and transport them first.  By the time Capt Albracht arrived at the ceremony at Ban Me Thuot, the Commanding General was long gone.


I want folks to know that right in our midst is a true American Hero from the Vietnam War.  Capt Albracht's story is about a young and most courageous young man from Illinois who in the heat of battle and surrounded by the enemy, thought nothing of himself and only of his Brothers. He saved 150 lives at LZ Kate back in 1969 and those brave young Americans made it home to their mothers. My heart breaks for the family of Lt Ross but there is no doubt  that, just like those four gravely wounded Soldiers, Capt Albracht's heroism on LZ Kate saved the lives of so many! 


It is time for Capt Albracht to receive a Medal of Honor for his courage and heroism at Fire base Kate back in 1969.  I had the honor to meet Capt Albracht and some of his crew on Saturday and I am always in the BEST company when I am in the company of our Veterans!  I have attached some photos of this most memorable day that I will never forget!  It was truly an honor to be in the company of such brave Americans!


Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers


Click on images for larger view.


Plan To Help lst Lt Michael Behenna & All our Troops!

The news last week that lst Lt Michael Behenna's conviction was upheld was devastating to Michael, his devoted girlfriend Shannon, his family, and all of you folks who have stood by Michael and supported him.  I was heartbroken for Michael and Shannon and his family, but frankly, I was not surprised.  I have made it known that a Chief of Staff on the hill had told me last year that I would not like the eventual outcome for the guys in Leavenworth.  As much as I hated his remark and fought in every way I knew how to prove him wrong, in the back of my mind I feared he knew something I didn't.  Turns out, he knew what he was talking about.

Now we can rant and rave about the injustice of this decision, but I am laser focused on what we can do now to help secure Mike's release and those of the Leavenworth 10. 

So...I called the Chief of Staff who knew the outcome for Mike and asked him, what is the best way to help Michael and the guys in Leavenworth now?  His answer did not surprise me and I had already begun to work in this direction 6 months ago.  His answer was simple and sensible, appeal to Mitt Romney.  If he wins the election in November he is the man who holds the key to the doors of Leavenworth.  Write him, get close to him if you can, and speak about the injustice our Soldiers have endured under this administration's current Roe's and catch and release policies.

 So...I have written a letter to Anne and Mitt Romney.  They are both parents who love their children and love this country.  I write to them as a mother whose son served 4 deployments in this war.  My letter is below.  I ask you to use the info in my letter to write your own, or just use my letter.  You can post your letter at Romney's website under Issues:

I do not have an address on the Romneys yet so if any of you out there do, please email it to me.  Send your letter to the Romney campaign manger in your state and send it to Congressmen/Senators you might know who will pass this to the Romneys.  Send anywhere you think it will do some good.  AND most important, whether you print my letter or write your own, carry it with you.  If you are at a fundraiser for Romney, pass it to the most senior person you can.  I passed a letter to Paul Ryan a couple of months ago regarding Michael Behenna and the insane policies of this war.  He listened in earnest and he took my information.   

Please engage in this campaign to help these Warriors.  We need your help desperately now.  All of us together all across this nation can make a tremendous difference for Michael and all our Troops!  Please remember, these young men in Leavenworth were living a happy wonderful life until one day they decided they would risk their life for you, to keep you and your family safe.  Michael Behenna did just that until the day he was charged for killing a terrorist.  I heard Michael's mother say recently that when Michael heard the news that his conviction was upheld, he said he was okay; he was in a "good place" within himself.  I believe Michael endures with his soul intact because he knows if Ali Mansur had made it back to his village, he would have killed more of Michael's men, more of our American Sons. He knows he saved the lives of his Soldiers and he helped send them home to their families.  Now we need to do everything we can to send Michael home too.  

In the meantime, please pray for Mike and the Leavenworth 10.  Please pray for Green Beret Kelly Stewart, awaiting his decision any day now, and lst Sgt Walter Taylor, (Purple Heart Recipient and the worst victim of military injustice yet) who is waiting to see if he is on his way to Leavenworth.  AND Derrick Miller, who received a life sentence for protecting his unit from an attack.  And his unit was attacked that night!! 

I believe we are on the precipice of justice for these Soldiers and I believe it is only possible with the election of Mitt Romney.  Thanks to all of you for your devoted support of our Soldiers.  It means the world to them! And please be sure to vote to elect Mitt Romney on November 6th!

My letter is below. 

Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers


<< Click here to see My Letter>>


Appeal Hearings for lst Lt Michael Behenna &
SFC Soldier Kelly Stewart!!

I believe the hearings for lst Lt Michael Behenna and SFC Soldier Kelly Stewart went well.  You can visit their websites at and for further information.  Now we wait and pray.  Decisions could come down anywhere from 6 weeks to one year.   

Please pray for these Warriors and their families, and please pray for all our Troops.  It is a very sad day in America when the enemy has more leverage on the battlefield than our own Warriors!  It is a very sad day in America when our Troops have to fight with both hands tied behind their backs!  It is an extremely sad day in America when the very enemy who has killed and tortured our Sons is released, yet our Sons are imprisoned for defending their Brothers and defending their country!!  I believe with all my heart that in November we will nominate a new Commander-in-Chief for our Brave Warriors who will treat them with the respect they deserve!    

I am so very proud to be an American and my family is forever grateful to all who serve and risk their lives to keep us safe and free!  To our Gold Star Families, my family is beholden to each of you for the great sacrifice your loved ones made to keep us free.  There is nothing I can say to ease your pain but I can promise to continue to honor their precious lives and sacrifice by fighting for their Brothers!

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

"The Ballad of Michael Behenna" by Chad Evan Todd:

A fine young Soldier sits in Leavenworth tonight,

"Step up and lend your voice

To the right side of right

There's something worth doing something about,

Let the voice of truth lead the way

and lead Michael out!

Free Michael Behenna!

Special thanks to Chad Evan Todd, who wrote and recorded
"The Ballad of Michael Behenna".  Please visit his website at

Write and call your Congressmen and Senators Please!  Free Michael Behenna!

Beverly Perlson
The Bandof Mothers

Memorial Day Thanksgiving

"I Honor Back" by Jon Kahn

What a beautiful heart this man has.  I love you Jon Kahn and Thank You!  Your beautiful words mean the world to our Troops, our Veterans and our Gold Star Families.  God Bless You!

With A Mother's Heart, thank you so very much!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Andrew Breitbart

Thanks to Katie O'Malley, I first met Andrew Breitbart at CPAC in 2009.  I was collecting post cards for our troops and I asked Andrew if he would fill one out.  At the end of the evening Andrew handed me his handwritten post card and what he wrote grabbed hold of this mother's heart forever.  I knew what he had written was profound and that standing in my presence was a great man, a brave man, the George Washington of my lifetime! I felt at that moment that we were freezing on the banks of the Delaware, the Soldiers were downtrodden and beaten up and before me stood this man of great courage who let me know that this battle was just beginning and he would lead us through the icy biting waters boldly and we would win this fight! Here is what he wrote to our troops back in 2009 at CPAC:

"Dear Soldier, 

I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the putrid behavior of the American media.  You have exhibited heroism and they took the lowest road.  I have committed all of my resources to undo that wrong.  And the mainstream media and Hollywood will have been exposed as the traitors they are."

Andrew Breitbart  

We lost our General on March lst with the passing of Andrew Breitbart.  We must forge on and continue in the battle for TRUTH that Andrew so bravely and relentlessly fought!

Click here to read a loving and inspiring tribute to Andrew Breitbart by Katie O'Malley, who knew him well and loved him dearly.

Letter to Mr. President

Dear Mr Obama,

I didn't hear from you when our recruiters were gunned down at their recruiting station right here in this country.  I don't ever hear from you day to day when we lose precious young American Heroes in Afghanistan.  I don't ever hear from you when a precious young American Hero loses his legs, his arms or his genitals, trying to beat back this brutal enemy who doesn't have to abide by any rules as he blows up our Sons, our Daughters,  and his own people.

Click here to read the rest of the letter.

CPAC 2012:  Breitbart: There are Two Paths, One is America, The Other is Occupy!

I headed to CPAC with a heavy but hopeful heart. I was looking for Conservatives who know that the Occupy people are not "delightful" as John Tillman described them. I was looking for Conservatives who stand by our troops ALWAYS, no matter what, and would never use the word Marine and vile in the same sentence!  I was looking for Conservatives who would never tell me that I have something in common with the radical Occupy "freaks" as Andrew Breitbart so accurately described them.  I was looking for Conservatives who are loyal to our troops and who would never abandon them to pacify freaks.  I was looking for loyalty among our ranks.  I am sick and tired of listening to men like John Tillman who try and make nice with freaks and who stab our troops in the back and who stab their brave defenders in the back.  I am sick and tired of listening to those who continuously beat up on John Boehner and the Republicans, who have passed tons of legislation, but I hear not a peep out of them that Harry Reid sits in the Senate with all that legislation shoved in his drawer!!!  The Democrats love these folks and as they beat up on this Republican Congress, they beat down a golden opportunity we have to lead this country out of the darkest days we have ever seen.  The outrageous and irresponsible actions of Obama and this administration could fill volumes and is so much fodder for Conservatives, yet beating up on Republicans is the norm is some groups and to such a degree, I am convinced they have been infiltrated by the lefties!! That is clear to many of us Conservatives.  I went to CPAC looking for loyalty among our ranks and my heart came away rejuvenated and certain that we will leave in the dust those that choose to do the work of the left!  I encourage Mr Tillman and those who think Conservatives have anything in common with the Occupy "freaks" to listen to Andrew Breitbart's speech at CPAC.

  READ the rest of the story, click here >>  CPAC2012

A Christmas Wish For our Troops:

"This Soldier of Honor, so willing to fight."

To All Our Brave Men and Women Serving All Over The World, May God Keep You Safe and Warm.

Until You Are Home, May God Hold You In The Palm of His Hand.
This Family Honors You and Prays For You, Every Single Day of The Year!
May God Bless You and Keep you Safe!

With A Mother's Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

A Special Tribute to My Dear Friend & Supporter of our Troops, Katie O'Malley!


As the founder of The Band of Mothers, I have met so many great Patriots, but none as great and humble as my dear friend, Katie O'Malley.  On the eve of Christmas, I pay tribute to this wonderful mother and steadfast Warrior whose heart beats as one with our brave men and women of the United States Military. 


I met Katie back in 2007. It was our Irish roots that bonded us from the very first moment we met. Like Katie, I too am Irish, my mother's maiden was Carty.  It is I think the norm that mother's are protective of their young, but I believe Irish mothers are a little more fierce about it! Katie and I share that common bond: when it comes to our children, "katy bar the door" best expresses the trouble headed your way if you even think of messing with our children! I've often wondered why they just don't suit us up and send us to fight!  When you hear the expression "the fighting Irish", remember, it all begins with "Ma!"  Katie O'Malley is an Irish mother in every sense of the word and God help you if you mess with her children!  That fierce protectiveness extends to our sons and daughters of the United States Military too! 


Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times and in so many ways Katie O'Malley has made a difference for our brave Warriors! Katie has this unique gift of bringing folks together and building bridges among us, all in her personal pursuit to do everything she can to help our troops. I have met so many great men and women in this country who support our troops and it is Katie who opened those doors for me.             


On December 3rd, is but one example. In Washington DC, Katie, Teresa, Chad and I had the honor of attending Sean Hannity's Holiday Tribute to the Troops (special thanks to Teresa for this great idea!) This is a wonderful patriotic event that warms your heart and makes you darn proud to live in a country represented by the Greatest Military On The Face of This Earth! Sean Hannity's concerts celebrate the bravery and selfless sacrifice of the Heroes among us and it is a wonderful experience to sit among these Warriors and be a part of a tribute to them! You will NEVER be in better company!  These concerts help benefit Col Oliver North's organization, Freedom Alliance Freedom Alliance provides scholarships to the children of our fallen and wounded Heroes. For the past 8 years, Sean Hannity has been instrumental in raising over $10 million to support the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.


It was a wonderful evening!

All our Heroes were honored at this concert and it was a thrill to be a part of this tribute. Afterward, we had the distinct honor to meet U.S. Army Private First Class Brian Dilberian of the 10th Mountain Division.  In July 2011, Brian lost both his legs and and left hand to an IED.  Every American should meet this Warrior!  He is an inspiration and he is a true American Hero!    


Col North presented his beautiful tribute "This Is What A Patriot Looks Like", and I dare any American to watch this without a tear in your eye. Featured were three-time GRAMMY winner Michael W. Smith, combat-decorated Marine/best-selling author Oliver North, and a performance from platinum-selling recording artist John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting.


Andrew Breitbart was also present. As a great supporter of the troops, a man with great vision and courage, who single handily takes on the leftist media, he is one of my personal Heroes.  Thanks to Katie O'Malley, I had first met Andrew Breitbart in 2009 when he wrote the most profound Post Card to our troops I ever received.  You can only imagine my utter shock when he called my name out from the stage and thanked me for my support of the troops.  He warmed my heart when he mentioned my son's beautiful silver wings I always wear proudly. He asked me to stand and I did. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life!  However, there is one person who should have stood with me, and that is my fighting Irish sister, Katie O'Malley, who made that beautiful moment happen!  


Before the concert, Katie was noticeably absent. Where was Katie? Behind the scenes, where she always is, promoting someone else, never herself.  That is what Katie O'Malley does and that is what defines her.  When you look at the picture below with Sean Hannity, Katie is not in that picture because she took the picture. She is selfless, tireless and a relentless Warrior who has done more for our Troops than anyone I know.


So on this Christmas Eve, as I thank our Troops for all they do, I bow to my dear friend Katie O'Malley. We made a pact from the moment we met that we would fight together to make certain our Troops would never suffer as their brothers in VietNam did!  We've made a difference Sister!


As the year ends Katie O'Malley, take a bow for all YOU have done for our troops!


I sign off with this tribute to You Katie. You share the Warrior spirit with our brave men and women.  The song is  appropriately called "The Warrior Song""


Merry Christmas and God Bless Katie O'Malley and God Bless Our Troops!


With A Mother's Heart,          

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

"The Ballad of Michael Behenna."

There is now a hauntingly beautiful song written about lst Lt Michael Behenna, "The Ballad of Michael Behenna." This was written by Chad Evan Todd, who performed at the rally in Leavenworth for Michael Behenna and the Leavenworth 10.  Chad is a good man and a humble man.  Chad has turned publishing rights over to the Behenna family so that any royalties paid can be used toward Michael's legal defense. So every time this song plays on the radio, royalties will be paid to the Behenna family.  

Folks, please go to this website and click on songs.  Scroll to the song "The Ballad of Michael Behenna" and click on it.  You can hear it and purchase it here. You can also go to and purchase it there.

Please send this song all over!  Ask folks to purchase this song and please forward this to any and all radio stations you know.  If we can get the radio stations playing this song, those doors of Leavenworth just might open for this Hero!  This song tells the story of the dangerous and insane "catch and release" policy that is maiming and killing our Soldiers and, as in Michael's case, has led to the imprisonment of some of our Soldiers.

A stanza from the song:

A fine young Soldier sits in Leavenworth tonight,

"Step up and lend your voice

To the right side of right

There's something worth doing something about,

Let the voice of truth lead the way

and lead Michael out!

Free Michael Behenna!  

Please help us spread this song all over!!!  We need to get every American saying "FREE MICHAEL BEHENNA!!"

Please forward to all your lists and forward to any radio stations you think might play this song!

Thank You!
Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers


Laptops for Wounded Worriors

On Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 I had the honor of attending a Laptop Presentation at Ft Bragg, North Carolina.  This wonderful program was conceived by Vietnam Veteran and GOE member George Samek.  George is a wonderful man who not only had a dream to help his Wounded Brothers, he made his dream come true.  Since the inception of the Laptop For Wounded Warriors Program, 250 laptops have been presented to the brave men and women wounded in this war.  George has gone into somewhat semi-retirement (although as long as his Brothers are in need, I don't really see George ever fully retired!) and Dawn West has taken this truly therapeutic program to new levels.  The difference George and Dawn have made in the lives of our wounded is remarkable.  Their next presentation is at Portsmouth Naval where they will present 10 laptops to our wounded Marines. George has even reached over to England and a laptop will be presented to a wounded British Warrior!  You can donate to the Laptop For Wounded Warriors at, or by mail at

GOE/Laptop for Wounded Warriors
C/O Dawn M. West
1217 Sunset Drive
Norfolk, Va 23503

I am most grateful to George and Dawn and Capt Larry Bailey, Chairman of the Gathering of Eagles.  Larry has been instrumental in securing donations for the Laptop Program and I am forever grateful to him for heading up a truly great organization that takes a stand for their Brothers.  Thanks to GOE member Robert Gowan over in Hawaii, our men and women in uniform have received tons and tons of Kona coffee on their deployments!  Thanks to Chris Hill, Nat'l Director of GOE, our homeless Veterans in Philadelphia are getting help and assistance!   

I must mention Kathy of GOE, who has contributed endless amounts of time posting on the GOE website.  I was honored at Ft Bragg to meet her daughter, who will be deploying to South Korea next year.  Thank you Kathy and God Bless and Watch over your brave daughter!  I will keep you both in my prayers.

Below are some pictures from the Ft Bragg presentation.  This was a special honor and privilege for me to attend as my Son served with the 82nd Airborne. A very special THANK YOU to the Womens' Auxiliary of the North Carolina VFW whose donation made this presentation at Ft. Bragg possible. God Bless You Ladies!

Thank you George for your service and for making your dream to help your Brothers come true!  Through the Gathering of Eagles, I have come to know that George and all our Veterans just never stop serving.  Thank you Gathering of Eagles for all you do and have done for our military!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


"Three Days in August" by Bob McCarty

I hope you'll order this book.  SFC Soldier Kelly Stewart's story is a tragic one and just another glaring example of how our military is letting our Soldiers down! 
I just ordered 35 copies of this book and I will send these to every Republican Congressmen on the House Armed Services Committee!  We have got to take a stand for our troops!  What happened to Kelly Stewart is wrong and I believe the only way to right these wrongs is for Americans to be informed!  

We've just got to keep fighting for SFC Soldier Kelly Stewart, lst Lt Michael Behenna, and the Leavenworth 10!  They stepped up to the plate to serve and protect us, now we need to fight to protect them! 

Just click here for all of your ordering options and click here for the PAPERBACK version only.

Thank you and please forward!
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

The Band of Mothers and the Gathering of Eagles extend their deepest appreciation to all the organizations that signed onto "The 3000" letter.  As President Obama announced yesterday that ALL troops will exit Iraq by the end of December, "The 3000" letter's mission has come to a successful end.  No members of our military will be left behind!

We are supremely proud of the service of our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, and we recognize the debt that all Americans owe them.     

As sponsors of "The 3000" letter, Larry Bailey and I say "Thank you" to each of the signatories who signed onto this letter.  Thank you for taking a stand for our brave men and women!  Your support for their safety means the world to these warriors.

Let us all pray that their journey home is a safe one.

Godspeed to them, and God bless the United States military!  

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Larry Bailey
The Gathering of Eagle


Sadr has threatened the lives of any troops left behind after December of this year!  We need your support and if you know of any organizations/bloggers who will sign on, please forward to them.  We already lost 3000 brave Americans on one day, we cannot sit idly by and allow this President to leave 3000 Soldiers in such a vulnerable and dangerous position.

 "the 3000" letter:

“The 3000″


We, the undersigned, stand in stark and unified opposition to your proposed plan to leave 3000 combat troops behind in Iraq following the scheduled withdrawal of American troops from that country on December 31, 2011.

As we approach December 31, there are increasing debates about the exact nature of our withdrawal from Iraq.  A recent development in these debates is your proposal to leave 3000 combat troops behind in Iraq, following the withdrawal of the main combat forces. Of great concern are the reports that this proposal is in direct opposition to the advice of your own military commanders, who have warned you of the dangers of leaving such a reduced number of troops in Iraq. 

It is our understanding that you have not yet presented your rationale for leaving those 3000 troops behind. However, on the face of it, your proposal appears to be reckless and disregarding of the safety of those brave American Soldiers who have already given so much for their country during this war. 

It is our position that the withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq must, and should, be governed and executed with total consideration for the safety of our troops.  Further, we believe that, in the best interests of the safety of our troops, you should either pull ALL of the troops out, or you should follow the “level of troop strength” recommendations advised to you by your Generals on the ground    

We are continuing to monitor this situation closely as we continue to pray for the safety of our Soldiers.


Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Larry Bailey
The Gathering of Eagle

Signatories of "The 3000" Letter:
Algonquin, IL
Tea Party
American Defense League  (ADL)

American Freedom Defense Initiative

Any Street

Atlas Shrugs

Bare Naked Islam

Tea Party
Chandler’s Watch

Cold Spring
Crystal Lake
Tea Party
Eagles UP

English Defence League (EDL)

Free Republic

Chapter-Gathering of Eagles
Logan’s Warning

Stop Islamization of America

Streetsweeper Chronicles

The Snooper Report

Urban Infidel

Veterans in Defense of Liberty

Viper’s Vietnam Veterans Pages

West Suburban Patriots

What Bubba Knows

Please visit this website,

Leave your comments and sign your organization on.  We must stand by our Troops, they have never wavered in their support of all of us.

Please keep our Troops in your prayers!!!

Thank You
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

In Memory of all the Most Precious Lives Lost on 9/11 and in Memory of all our Brave Men and Women Who Have Fought and Died to Keep Us Safe Since.


9/11 Will Always Be A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE!   

Please fly your flag on 9/11 and Everyday.  So that this enemy knows that OUR FLAG IS STILL THERE!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

After Action Report:  The Band of Mothers Stand in Support Of Troops, Cannon Bldg Corner July 25th, 26th & 27th

Before I begin,  allow me to engage you in a Tribute to All Our Brave Warriors who voluntarily put on the uniform of the United States Military every single day and risk their lives to protect YOU.  I believe this is in the spirit they would want you to remember them:

AND hey there Talibany, this ones for you:

The United States Military is the Greatest Military force on the face of this earth and it is made up of the most noble among us.  The Band of Brothers is the Best company I am ever in. Please keep these Heroes in your prayers.

The Band of Mothers After Action Report
Washington, DC
July 18 - July 27, 2011

When I formed The Band of Mothers back in 2007, it was the raw and protective instincts of a mother for her Son and his Brothers that fueled my passion to establish The Band of Mothers.  Someone once said the most dangerous place in all the world is between a mother and her children.  I concur.  As it is the nature of the lioness to protect and defend her cubs, so is the way of The Band of Mothers.

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From the Mission Statement on The Band of Mothers website, established 2007:

"As our Soldiers fight to preserve our way of life in a far off land, some “politicians” have undermined their mission and their efforts.  This behavior is intolerable and unacceptable to The Band of Mothers.  In the interests and welfare of our Noble Heroes, it is necessary and essential that these “politicians” allow our Generals and those trained in warfare to conduct this war.  We propose that the careless ranting by these reckless politicians is aiding and abetting the enemy and undermining the morale of our troops.  The Band of Mothers takes issue with this behavior. We believe warriors do come from warriors and it is the role of warriors to protect and defend those they care about.  So is the way of The Band of Brothers and so is the way of The Band of Mothers."


When this President announced the recent draw down of our troops in the heat of the battle season, at a time when the enemy fights most ferociously, the protective instincts of this mother arose and engaged!  When General Allen stated "The option of this President was NOT the option of his Generals" my most primitive instincts were fully engaged.  Adding insult to injury, this President not only announced his draw down of troop levels but brazenly announced to the whole world when the draw down would take place and exactly how many troops he would withdraw!  I actually had a soon to be deployed Soldier comment to me that he wondered if President Obama gave the GPS coordinates of the untis he was withdrawing.  What a troubling mindset to have as you go off to war!


So, once again, The Band of Mothers secured a permit and headed to the Cannon Bldg corner in DC the end of July.   The reckless and dangerous course this President has taken endangers and seriously puts in jeopardy the lives of our troops left behind.  War is not community organizing, Mr President, precious lives are at stake, and your ear should be tilted to the Generals, not your campaign advisers!!! These noble and brave Americans who willingly and stoically risk their lives everyday to protect us and our way of life  deserve better than this!  Their lives are precious and they believe, obviously, that our lives are precious too, because they are willing to die to protect us and keep us safe.   AND that they have done!  It is not coincidence that we sleep safely in our beds at night, it is not coincidence that we walk the streets freely and without fear of stepping on IED's!  It is not coincidence, Mr President, that we have been safe on this soil since 9/11!!! 


It is because of the Bravery of the most noble among us, it is solely because of the gutsy and determined noble Warriors of the United States Military, that we bask in the glory of freedom, everyday!


Now, many Americans are engulfed in the complacency of safety our Warriors have provided.  Now, as these Heroes continue their extremely successful mission to keep us all safe,  this Community Organizer -in- Chief pulls the rug out from under them and seriously endangers their lives!  It is with this sentiment that The Band of Mothers proudly stood, once again, on the Cannon Bldg corner in Washington, DC on July 25th, 26th and 27th.


It was a most successful stand, in more ways than one.  I am extremely proud to relate that The Band of Mothers were available to provide cover for Ambassador John Bolton from the vile circus act of Code Pink!  My special thanks to Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit and my dear friend and comrade-in-arms, Katie O'Malley, for the on line coverage of this most memorable event!


The signs we carried provided a nice little blockade for Ambassador Bolton as he waited for his ride.  He really enjoyed the support and the blockade! I can assure you our signs made old Suzi Benjamin's blood boil!  As The Band of Mothers carried a permit for the corner, the Capitol Police stepped in and chased the varmints away!  As always, thank you Dan, and all the Capitol Police!  You are our Heroes too.  You keep our nation's Capitol safe and I honestly don't know how you keep your hands to yourselves.  The restraint you practice daily is worthy of a Medal!   


Over the course of our 3 day stand we were greeted with so many thumbs up from Congressmen and Senators and passersby, I honestly lost track of the count!  It is imperative that I impart to our noble Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan that so many legislators support this mission you are on and know it is important that we get this mission right.  Unfortunately, we have hit somewhat of a roadblock in that this President's priority seems to be his poll numbers and his re-election.  It is my belief and my hope that he will hit a roadblock! 


My very special thanks to Ron Kirby and Chad, of The Gathering of Eagles, who ALWAYS stands with The Band of Mothers.  God Bless you both for your dedication and support of our Heroes, and for your service to this country!  I am always honored by your presence!  We were also joined and honored by the presence of Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee, who continues to take a stand and fight for her Brave Son's Brothers.  She came a long way and we are very grateful!  We celebrated Debbie's birthday  while in DC and it was a lovely evening.  A very special thank you to Chief (the best weatherman in this country, AND of course, he is a retired Navy Chief!),  Ida,  Joyce and Beth and her beautiful children!  And last but not least, a most heartfelt thanks to Jeannie and James, who came all the way from Florida, and who helped me way beyond the call of duty!  Count yourself super lucky if this awesome couple stand with you and support you because when they put their boots on the ground, they are firmly planted.  I cannot thank you both enough for all your help!  To all who came and offered support, encouragement and a thumbs up, thank you!


One of the most enjoyable and proud moments of the trip for all of us was our stand outside Water Reed.  To join with the MOST dedicated Patriots of all, Troop Rally, Mrs Troop Rally, and all the great Patriots of Free Republic, this is a moment of my life that is frozen in time. No matter what happens from here on in, I hope I can always retain my memories of proudly standing with the most dedicated Americans of our time, and that would be the members of Free Republic.  If you have never stood outside Walter Reed with these American Patriots, You missed one of the most important events of American history.  We were able to join in on one of the last stands at Walter Reed before it's closing.   It was an honor to stand in support of, and in protection of,  the Heroes and Warriors  of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It is our hope that each and every one these Warriors finds superior care and comfort at Bethesda!  A heartfelt and stealth Salute to you Warriors and the Patriots at Free Republic, who NEVER missed a Friday night out in front of Walter Reed supporting you, in rain, and sleet and snow!  They provided each of you brave Warriors the honorable treatment you are so deserving of!  


After our stand ended Friday evening, Gold Star mom Debbie Lee, Chad (this Great Army Soldier who NEVER stops looking out for his Brothers) and myself were able to visit with Sgt John Peck and his mother Lisa, at Mologne House.  Sgt Peck is an amazing Marine and a two time Purple Heart Recipient!  You can read about him at my website ( John hails from Antioch, Illinois.  My husband and I were lucky enough to provide John a voice activated laptop through the GREAT program provided by The Gathering of Eagles, Laptops for Wounded Warriors Program (   

This program, which has become an essential element in the therapeutic recovery of our Wounded Warriors, was started by Vietnam Veteran and GOE member George Samek and now is under the excellent direction of Daw West!  George and Dawn, my utmost respect and gratitude to you for all you have done for America's bravest!  Now I have aged George a bit here but don't you ever underestimate him.  If you haven't dealt with George, I challenge every one of you to do just that!  It is an experience unto itself!  


I must tell you that Sgt Peck is an amazing young American and his remarkable progress speaks to his Warrior heart!  Congratulations Sgt Peck on your promotion and your progress!  I will never know the hurdles you have overcome but I promise I will heed your words:


“Give a damn about your troops. Don’t just say it. Stop griping about the little crap in your life. There is so much being done by our military for your benefit, and nobody understands its extent unless they see it themselves or a loved one goes through it. Put your little differences aside and care about someone else besides yourself.”


Folks can send donations  to Sgt Peck at  Sgt Peck Fund, State Bank of the Lakes,  440 Lakes St. Antioch, IL  60002. 


John is troubled that he had to send his beloved dog back home as Walter Reed would no longer allow his best friend to stay at Walter Reed with him.  I am hoping Bethesda will see the light and see that his beautiful dog is his companion and Vitally important to the success and further progress of one of the bravest young men I have ever met.  As I said before, Sgt Peck IS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORP!    


The Band of Mothers had several missions while in DC and attending the  Military Voting Rights Conference hosted by Military Families United and The Heritage Foundation on July 19 in Washington DC, was one of them.  I am grateful to Eric Eversole, Executive Director of Military Voter Protection Project (MVP) and his team, for their excellent and "scathing" report,  "Military Voting in 2010."  You can read the report here and please be sure to take a good look at Appendix A:


You can view the entire conference here:


It is clear that much more work needs to be done!  Of all the Americans who should most certainly have their votes counted, it is the very Brave Men and Women of the United States Military!  Senator Cornyn's remarks should be noted.  Please pick up the phone and thank this Senator, who is clearly dedicated to ensuring our military get their votes counted!  Further, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The DOD will be issuing their own report on Military Voting 2010, in September, and based on the rosy picture Bob Carey of the DOD painted at this conference, it is expected their report will be quite different from MVPP's.  Please send this report around to everyone on your list and be familiar with it.  The comparison to the DOD's report should be, well, is should be interesting.    As Senator Cornyn points out, if Secretary Gates can ask for progress reports every two weeks on how sensitivity training was progressing on the new Don't Ask Don't Tell law, then it stands to reason the DOD can do better on ensuring our men and women are provided better opportunities to register an absentee ballot!        


I want to thank Carol Davis of West Suburban Patriots, Wheaton, Illinois, for making the trip from Illinois and attending the Heritage Conference on the Military vote.  We in Illinois know how important the military vote was in the last election.  I firmly believe that we would not be saddled with Gov Quinn if the MOVE Act had been complied with in St. Clair County! Special thanks to Denise Cattoni, National Coordinator of, and Dana, who helped make it possible for Carol to make the trip.  AND Carol, thank you for making the trip and thank you for your resolve to make a difference for our Heroes and their right to have their votes counted. 


Lastly, Michael Behenna continues to sit in Leavenworth, along with the Leavenworth 10. The Band of Mothers stand in support of the release of our Soldiers incarcerated at Leavenworth.  Why, you ask?  When this military releases terrorists, as they are now doing according to the testimony by Vice Admiral William McRaven to the Senate Armed Services Committee in late June:


I ask, Why Not?  Why are terrorists shown more consideration and kindness than our American Sons?!  Why are terrorists captured right off the battlefield shown more  forgiveness than our America's Sons?!!!!  Why did we ever give the enemy we fight a Pledge to sign, stating they won't return to the battlefield, and then release them and turn them over to their village elder?!!!  What is good enough for the terrorists darn sure should be good enough for our Sons!

Read the article, dated May 23, 2010:


The doors of Leavenworth should open retroactive May 23, 2010!  Since we are releasing terrorists, we should release our Sons!   


I accompanied Michael Behenna's mother, Vickie Behenna, on several appointments with legislators.  Michael Behenna continues to sit in Leavenworth as the recent Appeals court upheld his conviction.  His case now goes to a civilian court, if they agree to hear his case.  He also has a clemency hearing in December.  Please pray for positive outcomes for this lst Lieutenant!  I believe the appointments on the hill may yield good results. 


There are several Congressman who have been extremely helpful and supportive of  Michael Behenna and the devastating effects the "catch and release" policy has had on our brave men and women.  Congressmen Steve King, Duncan Hunter, Trent Franks, Tom Cole, and Joe Wilson have all been so very supportive in more ways than one.   Col West has been working hard on Michael's behalf and hopefully his efforts will reap results soon.  Please pick up the phone, call these legislators and thank them.  AND please call your Senators and Congressmen on behalf of Michael Behenna and the Leavenworth 10.  It is clear that the best hope these Warriors have is your voice!      


One of the things we have asked for when meeting with legislators are Congressional hearings on the insane and dangerous catch and release policy and the rules of engagement.  Please call your Senators and Congressmen and request these hearings!  The number of terrorists who are released and who return to the battlefield are outrageous.  This policy has devastating effects on our troops.  It is time this administration started worrying about the hearts and minds of our brave men and women on the battlefield!  I am reminded of the words of one of my personal Heroes, Marcus Luttrell, from his book "Lone Survivor," who lost his beloved Brothers because they all feared murder charges and convictions from the liberal left in the country who they died fighting to keep safe:

"Look at me, right now in my story.  Helpless, tortured, shot, blown up, my best buddies all dead, and all because we were afraid of the liberals back home, afraid to do what was necessary to save our own lives.  Afraid of American civilian lawyers.  I have only one piece of advice for what it's worth:  if you don't want to get into a war where things go wrong, where the wrong people sometimes get killed, where innocent people sometimes have to die, then stay the hell out of it in the first place.

I have a bit of good news regarding Michael Behenna.  There is a song written about Michael, called "The Ballad of Michael Behenna".  I conceived the idea as a way to get his story out to the public.  A wonderful singer/songwriter liked my title and wrote a moving song, soon to be recorded.  That's all I can tell you right now but you can bet the minute it is recorded, you will know.  We'll need your help getting it out there and played on every radio station in this country.  We are convinced it is YOU, the American people, who will make a difference for our Warriors in Leavenworth.  


All who know me know I support our troops and their mission, all day, everyday.  A dear friend and excellent writer, Marinka Peschmann, summed up my feelings on this war when she said "National Security Trumps the Economy Everytime."  I ask you, what price do you put on the security and safety of your children, your family?  Isn't their safety priceless?  Our Troops have done such a remarkable job that unfortunately for them, many Americans are now lulled by the safety and security they provide and many now complain about the cost of this war.  Wrong thinking!  What you are paying for is the safety and security our Troops provide your family everyday.  Please support our Troops and support their mission.  Continue to enjoy your beautiful freedom and safe and peaceful life, it is paid for daily by the grit, guts and sacrifice of the Greatest Military on the face of this earth, The United States Military!   


Please keep our Military in your prayers. Thank Them and Hug Them, Every Chance You Get!   


I sign off with this beautiful song called "Lucky Me", it speaks to how lucky I am to have the protection of all those who wear the uniform of The United States Military!


Thank You and God Bless And Watch Over Our Brave Warriors!


Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers


I was thinking that all of us who love our country and our troops could take part in an easy campaign that will enable us to identify each other in our love of our country and our troops.  Display your American flag on your house,  on your car and on your person (flag pins are wonderful).  AND keep your flag flying after Memorial Day, keep it flying forever or at least until we take back the White House in November 2012!  Wear your flag pin everywhere you go too!  That is how we will identify each other, with our beautiful flag that represents our beautiful America!  Please see the tribute below to our troops and please keep this going.  Thanks Scott for sending.

We will know each other by our flag!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

An Evening Among Heroes!

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Friday night I had the utmost pleasure to spend the evening at Joe's Bar in Chicago with Cpl Peck, a two time (Yes TWO TIME!!!) Purple Heart Recipient who hails from Antioch, Illinois.  Cpl Peck is on leave from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC where he is recuperating from injuries sustained in his last deployment.  It was an absolute honor to meet Cpl Peck's family, and again see his mother!  Cpl Peck and his Mom truly represent the motto of the The Band of Mothers, "Warriors Come From Warriors!"    

Gary Sinise and The Lt Dan Band entertained to a rollicking crowd!  Several Heroes who have served came up to the mike and thanked all of us for our support!  Our Heroes never cease to amaze me, they are so very gracious and humble!!!  I hope they know how much we appreciate all they have done to keep us safe!  Their sacrifice shall never be in vain, not as long as there is breath in me!!!!!!!!!!!

Special thanks to Gary Sinise and his band for all they do to support our troops and make sure they feel a lot of love!  I have said this before and I'll say it again, Gary Sinise is the Greatest Patriot of our time and I am forever grateful for all he and his band do for our troops!!!   

Special thanks too to my very patriotic younger Son Mike, for taking such a great picture of all of us out in front of Joe's Bar!  Thanks Mike, you have always supported our troops and when your Brother was deployed, you will never know how much your strength meant to me!  You too are a Warrior!


Great job on Geronimo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers


Truly A Braveheart: Sgt John Peck: WELCOME HOME!

(I apologize for the order of the photos, I tried to get Sgt Peck and his beautiful dog Misha first, but this photobucket seems to have it's own idea in what order the photos post!)

Yesterday was the official Welcome Home and Fundraiser for Sgt John Peck (formerly Cpl Peck, yes this two time Purple Heart Recipient was promoted and the official ceremony will take place at Walter Reed upon his return there).

If you missed this opportunity yesterday to Welcome Sgt Peck Home, you really missed out!!  This Brave Warrior from Antioch, Illinois is truly a man of courage who defines the word Hero!  I have never met anyone like him and I know I never will again. HE IS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!    

Sgt Peck's Mother is a Marine too and this Mother and Son truly do exemplify The Band of Mother's motto "Warriors Come From Warriors!"  I remember what John's mother told me when I saw her at Walter Reed in February:  I asked her when does she have to return to work and her answer was so stoic and strong, "When my Son doesn't need me anymore."  There is no doubt in my mind where Sgt Peck's gets his will and backbone from!

The Welcome Home was a beautiful event and I think the entire town came out to line the escort route.  I cannot recall the last time I saw that many children and young people all in one place, waving flags!!!  To all who came, I say thank you with a mother's heart!  To my husband and Ralph, thank you for taking time off work to accompany me.  There wasn't a dry eye in our car during the escort!

To my friend's in DC and those who might be traveling to DC, you can email me anytime for Sgt Peck's contact info.  I believe it is incumbent on all of us to keep an eye on Sgt Peck.  He fought ferociously for all of us and if he needs us now or ever, we need to answer that call and be there for him!  It is important he knows he can always count on us, no matter what! 

Donations for Sgt Peck can be sent to:  

Sgt Peck Fund
State Bank of the Lakes

440 Lakes St. 
Antioch, IL 60002

Lastly, just a glimpse into the heart of the greatest Americans among us, The Band of Brothers:  

Sgt Peck's steadfast dedication to his country and the Corps is foremost in this Warrior and that was evident yesterday when he instructed the magnificent Marines in their dress blues to go get their recruitment brochures and bring them to the VFW hall so they could use this event to try and recruit new Marines! 

Sgt John Peck, Semper Fi! 

Take heed of Sgt Peck's words, which exemplify what a Braveheart he truly is:

What does he want people to know about his experience and his new reality?

“Give a damn about your troops. Don’t just say it. Stop griping about the little crap in your life. There is so much being done by our military for your benefit, and nobody understands its extent unless they see it themselves or a loved one goes through it. Put your little differences aside and care about someone else besides yourself.”

He said that if every person in the U.S. gave a one-time $5 donation to a charity that supports the troops it would be really helpful.

“My arm, which is only a temporary arm, costs $10,000. There are a lot of expenses that must be paid to equip an injured soldier. Give to charities, or otherwise go up to someone in the military and offer to pay for a meal or do something special for them. Get to know them. Write them letters. Send care packages to random troops you don’t know because guys are really bummed out when mail call comes and there is no package for them.”

Again, thank you to all who attended this Welcome Home!  May God Bless and Watch Over Sgt Peck, his Mother and Family, and All Our Troops!  Hug them and thank them, every chance you get!!!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

More photos from Sgt Peck's Fundraiser, Special thanks to Marty!


This day is a long long time coming for all of you glorious Warriors who so proudly served and who were treated so horribly when you came home. If it is any consolation to you Heroes, YOU are the reason the anti-war miscreants did not succeed in doing to my Son what they did to all of You and my Brother, a proud Marine who served during this disgraceful time in America's history!

I hope with all my heart that each and everyone of you know that what these vile and ungrateful bomb throwing ingrates did to you, they did to all of us..  Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors, we suffered with you and our hearts broke for all of you and for our country.  We all promised ourselves, NEVER AGAIN!  

I was 13 years old at the time and I saw my father shed tears over the way his Son and his Brothers were treated by a bunch of tantrum throwing spoiled brats!  It was the ONLY time I heard my father shed tears and he never knew I heard him. I promised myself then that when I got older, if these ungrateful brats threw their tantrums again, I would fight them with everything in me!  I loved my Father and my Brother and even at 13, I wanted to punch all these reckless ingrates in the nose!  My father was a WWII Navy Veteran who was fortunate to have served his country when ALL Americans were grateful and proud to be Americans. I have always known why they are called the Greatest Generation! God, country and family was everything and the only thing to them.  Sadly, for my Brother and all his Brothers, the capitalist Ayers and Dohrn family raised a bunch of spoiled monster kids that were never taught love of God, Country and Family!  Their bomb throwing tantrums led to death, destruction and the abuse of the most Noble of all Americans, the Heroes of their time who served to protect and defend their country!  

BIG MISTAKE!  The mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunt, uncles, friends and neighbors, we never forgot what they did to You, Our Heroes!    

I formed The Band of Mothers after my Son proudly stepped up to the plate to defend his country. He joined the Army right after the attack on 9/11 and I was very proud of him.  When I saw Cindy Sheehan down in Texas carrying signs calling my Son the terrorist, my heart raged from the aching scars left always there for all of YOU!  It is in that moment that The Band of Mothers was formed and I left my living room that day and I fought for my Son and his Brothers like we all should have fought for all of you back then!

I hope with all my heart that we have done you proud.  All of you, The Band of Brothers, You did us all proud!  I hope we've showed you that NEVER AGAIN will we allow these ungrateful miscreants to harm the honor and dignity of brave men and women who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe.     


I am always in the BEST company when I'm in the company of THE BAND OF BROTHERS!

The Very Proud Daughter of a WWII Navy Veteran, the Very Proud Sister of a Marine, Vietnam, and the Very Proud Mother of a Son, 82nd Airborne, 

With A Mother's Heart,  
Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers

Great video, Kids seeing their Dad's Come Home From the War!!!!

The Band of Mothers After Action Report: Supporting Our Troops, Washington DC March 18th & 19th

If you have never stood out in front of Walter Reed in support of our troops, it is one action I suggest you engage in before the doors close later this year!  For the last 6 years, members of Free Republic have religiously stood in front of Walter Reed in support of our troops, in rain and sleet and snow, every single Friday night!  They do this because on the other side of the street the anti-war Code Pink/IVAW moonbats gather to protest the war.  That they choose to spew their anti-war, anti-troop venom on what is no doubt one of the most hallowed grounds in all of America speaks to their sheer ignorance and lack of depth.  In spite of their immature tantrums and lack of respect and gratitude for the selfless sacrifice of our Healing Heroes inside Walter Reed, the voice of Patriots is what our Heroes hear loud and clear when they return from their Friday night dinners!  It is always an absolute honor to join the members of Free Republic and Protest Warriors on Friday night whenever I am in DC.  I must say we had a nice turnout of Patriots, including members of The Gathering of Eagles and Uncle Jimbo of Blackfive.  We definitely outnumbered the pathetic 13 moonbats (hey, they've been busy showing up in Madison, Wisconsin these days, they gotta follow those cameras!!!!).  Special thanks to TJ who serenaded them behind the gates of Walter Reed with her stereo blasting "Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition!"  Drove them crazy!!!!  God Bless You TJ!

After welcoming our Heroes back with much love and fanfare, we decided to visit Mologne House and were able to enjoy the company of several of our Wounded Warriors.  Sam and Todd, God Bless you both for all you have done for my family and this great country. These brave Warriors and their Brothers are who make this life in America so safe and so beautiful and so possible. I considered myself quite lucky because Friday night I got to meet Cpl Peck's mother, Lisa.  Cpl Peck is from Illinois and is the Marine Hero and Purple Heart Recipient who suffered injuries on his first deployment and then on his second deployment hit an IED.  As a result of that explosion, this brave young man lost his limbs.  Through the Gathering of Eagles Laptop Program, The Band of Mothers were able to donate a voice activated laptop to Cpl Peck and I was delighted to find his mother at Mologne House Friday night.  We visited for over an hour and I will be sending out a follow-up email regarding a fundraiser in Antioch, IL on May 9th.  

Saturday we gathered at Freedom Plaza to counter the annual anti-war nuts which we all agreed numbered about 500. In this mess we encountered the usual stunts of Code Pink with the Pig Lady, Answer, SDS, IVAW, Veterans For Peace, 9/11 Truthers, and the Ron Paul groupies. They all want Bradley Manning released, he is their Hero.  I think that sums up the whole bunch!!  I direct you to the video below (thank you Ida!!!), take note of the gray haired left-over from the 60's hippie speaker surrounded by flags of Veterans For "Peace" and calls for smacking the mule and civil disobedience!  What a confused Freak Show!  

We wound our day up at Shelly's Backdoor, a great DC Landmark with good food and great spirits!  Some of the greatest times of my life have been shared with my fellow Patriots who continue to fight for our troops as they fight for all of us.  They, along with our troops and our Veterans, are always the BEST company I am ever in! Thank you to all who came and stood for our troops and my special thanks to new members of The Band of Mothers: Ida, Kathleen, Sandra, Roy and Dave!  Kathleen is a Blue Star Mom whose brave Son is currently serving in Iraq!  Sandra is a beautiful Patriot and the girlfriend of this lucky Warrior!  Please keep Kathleen, Sandra, and their brave Warrior in your prayers!    

Video below by Ida, and pictures in a photobucket, thanks to Heather!

Before I sign off, Free Republic and Protest Warriors will gather at Walter Reed on Friday night, Aprill 8th, for their 6th anniversary.  Hope some of you will join these beautiful Patriots as they stand in support of our troops and their mission!  No matter the weather, they will be there!

God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!

I dedicate this post to Sal Lanzetta, 4th ID US Army, Vietnam, who I know is in Soldier Heaven.  Rest In Peace Sal, and With A Mother's Heart, Thank You!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

Michael Behenna

To all Michael Behenna supporters,

The Courtroom was FULL!  Thank you to all who came and special thanks to Chad and Ron Kirby of GOE and thanks to the members of Free Republic!  It was good to see you Cindy!  AND Special thanks to Hon Capt Charles Netsby. 

Diana West gives a good summation of this day in court (below).  In my opinion, Michael's attorney hammered home the reckless error made by the Prosecution in dismissing their "world renown" forensic "expert" witness, Dr. Herbert McDonnell.  After hearing Michael's testimony at trial, Dr. McDonnell told the Prosecution that, based on his examination of the forensic evidence, Michael was telling the truth.  The Prosecution sent the doctor home and he was never allowed to testify!  This action by the Prosecution deeply concerns me and it should concern every American and every parent of a Soldier serving!   It stands to reason that the testimony by Dr. MacDonnell would have changed the outcome of this trial and Michael Behenna may very well have been exonerated.

Instruction to the jury was another issue argued by Jack Zimmerman, Michael's attorney.  My understanding is that the jury was instructed that because Michael held a gun on Ali Mansur, he gave up his right to self-defense??!!  Think about that...Our Soldiers brandish their weapons all over Iraq and Afghanistan, does that mean they give up their right to self-defense??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God Help Our Troops and God Help Michael Behenna and the Leavenworth 10! 

What is MOST UNNERVING is the decision will be rendered within 3 to 15 months! 

Why must this family and this Soldier, who has sat in Leavenworth now going on two years, have to wait this long for a decision?  Disgraceful!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

PS  My favorite moment in this hearing was when the Prosecution described Michael holding a gun on poor defenseless old Ali Mansur and one of the Judges suggested that shouldn't some consideration be given to the state of mind of Lt Behenna and PTD issues as his platoon members had just been killed...the Prosecutor was at a total loss for words and her PROLONGED silence I thought was golden!  I think her thoughts must have been something like this:  "Gee, your honor, why would we give any thought to the Soldier here, we are governed by concern for the poor terrorist in this politically correct court!!!!"  

Homeless Veterans Get Some Early Holiday Cheer

Last night Second Brigade MC made an early Christmas visit to a new apartment complex for veterans here in Philadelphia.  We brought 6, that's right 6, pick up truck loads of furniture, clothing, bedding and various assorted other items to them.  We learned of their opening quite by serendipity, but as soon as we were alerted we stepped on the gas.  This will not be our last visit to help our brothers and sisters in arms who have fallen on bad times.  My hopes are that once this is seen, others amongst you will clamor to assist.  The newspaper story with details of the new facility is below.  Thanks much to all who helped last night and know that there was not a dry eye in the house.  Merry Christmas All.  Manchu.

Chris Hill

Picture taken this past September at Right Nation event in Chicago

(from left to right:)  The lovely Mrs. Hoekstra,  Denise Cattoni, Illinois Tea party State Coordinator (and one of the hardest working woman I know), myself and Congressman Pete Hoekstra, one of my personal Heroes who understands the dangers of this enemy we are fighting!  

October 24, 2010 - Fox News & Beverly Perlson
Deadline Disgrace for Mail-In Ballots
Troops only get a one-day extension for mail-in ballots.

>>> Click here to watch video <<<
Note: There is a short advertising clip before the news video.

October 18, 2010 - FOX News & Beverly Perlson
Military Ballots Missed Deadline
Votes may not count in Illinois this yea

>>> Click here to watch video <<<
Note: There is a short advertising clip before the news video.

Thank you Dan Maloney for these videos!

Be sure you watch the first one and number 3, Bert Cattoni sang his beautiful song he wrote and recorded called  "I still believe."    In spite of a rat a tat sound system and wind reminiscent of Chicago, he did a BEAUTIFUL job!!!!

Like I said in my speech, NEVER EVER Underestimate the will and spirit of an American Patriot...Thank You Lei Hennessy Owen, artist and sculptor of the Magnificent WTC Angel.  We were all very proud to be a part of this historical event.

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

The Rededication of the Ground Zero Angel

On November 9, 2010, artist and sculptor Lei Hennessey Owen,  rededicated her Ground Zero Angel, at the World Trade Center Site.  Beverly Perlson, founder of The Band of Mothers, will be present for this beautiful rededication.  

An Angel Takes Flight at Ground Zero
11/9 Dedication Ceremony

The Band of Mothers was been invited to speak and proudly stand among the many Patriots who will participate.  I am very proud to announce that Illinois resident and Singer/Songwriter Bert Cattoni will be there to sing one of the most BEAUTIFUL songs I have heard in a long time and every time I listen to it, it brings tears to my eyes.  Bert wrote this song and it is called "I Still Believe  You can purchase his music at and I highly recommend you add this to your Patriotic collection!  Bert is the husband of the hardest working woman I know, Denise Cattoni, State Coordinator for the Illinois Tea Party (

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

To My Fellow Patriots, we need your help:

The New York Times printed an article in May of this year entitled "US Tries to Reintegrate Taliban Soldiers."

In a nutshell, our military is allowing terrorists taken off the battlefield, who have admitted to killing American Soldiers, to sign a Pledge TOGETHER WITH THE VILLAGE ELDERS, that they won't return to the battlefield, and then the terrorist is returned to his mother! This is outrageous! So the terrorists go home while our Soldiers continue to sit in Leavenworth and our mothers, American mothers, cry themselves to sleep at night! What is even worse is that the entire trial for the terrorist takes 30 minutes while our Soldiers and their families accrue enormous legal fees and travel expenses trying to defend their Hero! This is an outrage!

Below is an online petition that William Kelly and Veteran Steve Ruggiero of Kelly's Truth Squad (Washington Times) have put up online. They agree that what is good enough for the terrorists should be good enough for our Sons! We demand our Soldiers in Leavenworth be afforded the same courtesy and compassion that is being shown to the terrorists. Let THE AMERICAN PUBLIC BE THE VILLAGE ELDERS FOR THE 8 REMAINING SOLDIERS WHO MAKE UP THE LEAVENWORTH TEN AND SIGN THE PLEDGE SO THAT THESE SOLDIERS CAN BE RETURNED TO THEIR FAMILIES!

Please click on the link below and sign this petition and forward this all over the universe. Please post this on websites and just keep this moving! To all the Veterans Groups out there, We intend to present this petition to the Secretary of the Army with a Cover Letter from any and all Veterans Groups who will stand with us! Please stand with us in support of your brothers. As Diana West pointed out in her article dated May 31st:

"If this exercise dampens the barbecue-season kickoff, good. Maybe it will help Americans see the urgent need for clemency in these cases. And particularly given the mind-boggling fact that the United States has released and granted clemency in Iraq to tens of thousands of insurgents, including some of the most dangerous fighters our soldiers were sent to fight in the first place.

This is a scolding from a mother whose Son served 4 deployments in this "war on terror": This military and this government had better start worrying about appeasing the mothers of the Warriors of this country because if this double standard continues, they won't have any future Warriors to fight their wars!

With A Mother's Heart,

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers
Motto: Warriors Come From Warriors!



Leavenworth, KS on September 4, 2010

For add'l information click here

After Action Report
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, DC

September 10, 2010 definitely goes down in my lifetime as
one of the BEST days of my life.  The Gathering of
Eagles, The Band of Mothers and Soldiers Angels had the
distinct honor of presenting 19 laptops to our Wounded
Warriors at Walter Reed.

To read the whole After Action Report, click here

CLARIFICATION:  Regarding John Boehner, the website "" and their petition:

Let me try to make this clear one more time.  John Boehner NEVER "NEVER" said he will deliver these petitions anywhere.  John Boehner had nothing to do with these petitions. I, let me say that word again "I"  made the suggestion to Chalice that folks mail a copy of their petition to Boehner's office.   

I have now asked Chalice to remove Congressman Boehner's name and address off this website.  My idea was simple, mail a copy of the petitions to John Boehner's office, it is quite a leap to take that simple suggestion and make the statement that "they would be received and delivered by Mr. Boehner". 

I want to make this perfectly clear that it was my suggestion folks send a copy of their letters to Congressman John Boehner as he is the House Republican Leader. Congressman Boehner is in no way associated with these petitions. 

Thank You,

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

On Saturday, June 26, 2010 The Band of Mothers participated in the presentation of laptops to our Wounded Warriors at Ft. Bragg, NC.  This wonderful program is the brainstorm of George Samek and The Gathering of Eagles.  We began our first presentation at Walter Reed last September and have since been joined by the wonderful and patriotic group, Soldiers Angels.

Pictures courtesy of Capt. Larry Bailey: 


This was one of the best days of my life!  You know, it was very clear to me that these Brave Warriors certainly do truly appreciate these laptops!  In addition, it was very clear they really love hearing from us and how much we appreciate all they do.  I can really tell they don't realize how much many of us stick up for them and when I was asked to come back and talk to these Warriors, I understood they need to hear that more and more. They liked hearing that we fight for them as they fight for us and with all the PC crap they put up with, we must be like a breath of fresh air. 


Please, if you can, make a donation to the Laptop Program.  

Information is available at:!/group.php?gid=388945050873&v=info


Many of our wounded are far away from their loved ones and these laptops make it possible for them to communicate with the very loved ones who are vital to their recuperation and recovery.  These laptops are a therapeutic tool, no doubt about it!


Thank You and let's hope that General Petraeus will make serious changes to the Rules of Engagement so that the paramount concern is on the lives of our troops, and not the terrorists!

Again, if you can, please join The Band of Mothers as a supporter and donator to the Laptop Program For Wounded Warriors.

God Bless Our Troops!

Thank You,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers 

To watch video click on image below

On June 6, 2010, I was honored to stand in New York at Ground Zero with the 9/11 Families, Pam Gellar, Robert Spencer and all the wonderful Patriots who came from all over to Say


This New York rally was awesome. Pam Gellar, Robert Spencer, all the speakers were great.  The crowd was awesome!

I cannot even begin to describe to you the feeling of rousing patriotism among the Americans who attended this rally. The overwhelming support for the 9/11 families, the New York Firefighters and the New York Policemen by those who attended inspired me and renewed my fighting spirit!   Patriotism and that good old American fighting spirit beats in the hearts and minds of those NY firefighters and Policemen.  They will Never Forgive and they will Never Forget! 

We Will Never Forgive and Never Forget!  Please join us in speaking out against this Mosque at Ground Zero.  It is a slap in the face of our beloved Americans who were slaughtered on 9/11.  It is a slap in the face of our Gold Star Families whose Sons and Daughters have given their lives to keep this evil away from us.  It is a slap in the face of every Brave Warrior who has fought and is fighting these evil terrorists who even kill their own people, by the thousands!  Our Brave Warriors and their mission are the only thing standing between us and pure evil. Thank them and Hug Them, every chance you get!


God Bless And Watch Over Our Troops!

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

I received this from a staunch troop supporter, Betty Kilbride.  Betty is the author of the wonderful and phenomenal book "Soul of American Warriors" A Writer's Journey Comes Full Circle.  YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

Corey Clagett is one of The Leavenworth 10.  Please read her note below and


He needs to hear from grateful Americans. 
Thank You....Beverly Perlson, The Band of Mothers 

From Betty:

Help us help cheer up Corey Clagett who was denied his clemency this past week. He is extremely depressed and feels as though he is alone in the world and that no one cares. Lets show him we do care!

Your mission, should you accept it will cost you a total of a post card and a stamp every day for 30 days. Here’s the concept presented to me this morning by Mark Williams, a staunch Corey Supporter -  “I came up with the idea for a post card campaign. If we all just sit down and write out 30 post cards to him with a brief word of encouragement like "stay strong" or "thinking about you" and stamp them all and then for the next 30 days just put one in our mailbox to him each day, it would blow his mind. If all of his facebook fans would do this it would be over 78,000 post cards. It wouldn't cost but about 45 cents a day and if nothing else it would drive the mailroom at Leavenworth crazy”.   I gotta tell ya I LOVE THIS IDEA.. lets do it people, lets drive that mailroom nuts with all the mail.  Corey’s address is as follows:

Corey Clagett 82477 <this number is very important it must be in address)
1300 N. Warehouse Road
Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027

To the thousands of Michael Behenna supporters:

The New York Times recently reported (see link below) that the US military has initiated a policy to “reintegrate” imprisoned Taliban fighters to their Afghan communities. These Taliban fighters were caught with evidence that they had killed our soldiers, but are released to their families in an active war zone with merely a ‘pledge’ that they will not return to the Taliban.  This appears to be the latest attempt to win the hearts and minds of our enemies and taking the ‘catch and release policy’ to a whole new level. 

This brings us to Michael’s case.  Michael has been incarcerated by the Army for over a year now.    We have asked at every level that Michael’s constitutional right to a fair trial be granted so that all the evidence is disclosed to the jury.  Doesn’t seem too much to ask for an American citizen who fought for his country does it?  Yet Michael’s request for a new trial has been stranded.  The Army seems to be in no hurry to have Michael’s case in front of the Army Court of Appeals as they have yet to file their response to Michael’s brief which was filed back in December 2009.

There is a double standard in play here where enemy combatants are given mercy, but our soldiers/Marines are denied mercy.  For example, Marine SGT Larry Hutchins whose conviction was overturned several weeks by the Navy Appellate Court is STILL IN CUSTODY while the Navy appeals the decision to the next appellate level.

During the past year we have come to know the families of the other soldiers/Marines who have been charged and convicted of ‘murder’ of Al-Qaeda or insurgents while in a combat zone.  We have watched as these soldiers/Marines and their families prepare for clemency hearings before the military clemency boards. (The Armed Forces have a procedure, independent of the appellate process, where an incarcerated soldier/Marine can appear before a clemency board and ask for a reduction of his sentence, or if the individual has served at least 1/3 of his sentence they may request parole.)  We have heard the hopelessness in the voices of the families when they learn that their son or husband will not receive ANY reduction in their sentence.  It is difficult for these military families to know that based on a ‘solemn’ pledge Taliban fighters are released by the SAME US military leadership and allowed to return home to their families.  What message does the US military send when we punish our own soldiers more harshly then we punish the combatants who have killed our brave men and women on the front lines of this war on terrorism?

Many of the soldiers/Marines I am speaking of, including our son, would never find themselves involved in the criminal justice system but for their combat experience.  These soldiers/Marines do not have previous criminal histories, and their military records are replete with honorable service including purple hearts, bronze stars, and multiple deployments in defense of our country.  Some of these soldiers fell victim to the military’s ‘catch and release’ policy that returns enemy combatants to the battlefield where they return to fight our soldiers time and time again.   Yet others were protecting themselves or their men in a combat zone. Even if they made mistakes in judgment during war, should they be sentenced to 10-40 years while the enemy is totally forgiven?  Why shouldn’t the SAME military leadership afford our combat soldiers/Marines a second chance! 

If the US military will release Taliban fighters simply on a pledge by their families that they will not rejoin the Taliban then we ask the same for our troops.  These soldiers/Marines are not a threat to our society and deserve to be home with their families.  We ask that you the American public stand with us.  Our request is that each of you vouch for these soldiers/Marines and demand that our military extend the same mercy to them as they did to the enemy combatants who are trying to kill our soldiers every day. 

Please write a letter to your Senator, Congressman, and the Secretary of Defense and advise them that this double-standard will not be tolerated.

Bless you for your continued support,
Scott and Vicki Behenna

NY Times Article -

Diana West Article on releasing the Taliban -

Please use this link to find you Congressional Delegates:

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington DC 20301-1400

Visit for more details!

Follow-up and commentary on the 
blog talk radio show featuring 
Mr. Mullin's opponent, Adam Kokesh.

Click Here

"The Hurt Locker" Wins Best Picture!! 


Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

After Action Report: Michael Behenna Clemency Hearing

After Action Report: Michael Behenna Clemency Hearing

Washington, DC
In Support of lst Lt Michael Behenna
Clemency Hearing
January 7, 2009

Please accept my apologies for the lateness of this report. A matter came up that required too much attention.

January 6, 2009:

I had the honor and distinct pleasure to have breakfast with the Behenna family on the morning of January 6th. They are a family with presence and my thoughts immediately were that the Clemency Board would be impressed, to say the least. They are a beautiful and loving family. That did not surprise me at all as I spent a few days with Vicki Behenna in early December lobbying in support of Michael. Vicki is a lioness and they have messed with her cub and after meeting the family, the Clemency Board will know they have stepped into the Lion's den! They are a close knit family and they are fighters!

After breakfast we headed to the hill and met up with a truly great group of Patriots who came from all over the country to lobby with us in support of Michael. I know the Behenna Family joins me in thanking Beth, Carrie, Stanger, Snooper, Nonnie, and Pastor Ed and Annie B. These folks came from Pennsylvania, New Jersey Indiana, Texas and Washington State. God Bless you folks for coming such a long way and your support was noticed by all we met with and I know it helped Michael, I have no doubt.

We had no formal appointments as the Congressmen were back in their districts. That actually worked to our advantage. We were all welcomed into every office we visited and we got the ear of many staff and military liaisons. The offices we visited included Mary Falin, Rep Kline, Rep Thomspon, Duncan Hunter, Steve King, Trent Franks, Mike Pence, Joe Wilson, Ike Skelton, Darrell Issa, Buck McKeon and Susan Davis. In each office Vicki told Michael's story. Vicki articulates so well the injustice done to her Son and she is so very compelling. In Rep Davis's office, as Vicki made her case, the two aides were so enthralled they literally stopped everything they were doing, including answering their phones, to listen and watch Vicki. Michael's father Scott is a big man and has a commanding presence himself. If Vicki forgot to mention something, he filled in for her. Curtis, one of Michael's younger brothers spoke about his brother's credibility and Shannon, Mike's girlfriend and a beautiful girl, spoke about his loyalty. Let me just say this, this family is a force to be reckoned with! Michael's Aunt and Godmother had come along and she filmed the trip. In my conversations with her, she shed a few tears for her godson.

The reaction from all we met with was shock, especially at the ludicrous 25 year sentence Michael received and the fact that not all the evidence was presented at his trial. All agreed Michael has certainly been served an injustice. Many had suggestions of representatives to meet with who could help us further. Special special thanks to Beth, who arranged our visit with Rep Thompson's office and who waited on us. They were so very gracious to all of us and gave us tour passes which the Behenna family utilized on Friday. Curtis' girlfriend, Candace, a beauty herself, has never been to DC so the family spent Friday showing her around and those passes were welcomed and so appreciated.

January 7, 2009:

Our group gathered outside the building where the Clemency Hearing took place in Arlington, Virginia, about 8am. The hearing began at 9am. We encountered a Swat Team, Police and the Security man in charge of the building. When they saw what a non-threatening group we were, and that there were no "pink" people there harassing us, they went on their way. They were all supportive too! We held our signs "Free Michael Behenna" and,  and of course, the beautiful "We Support Our Troops". The Behenna family arrived about 8:15 and they were delighted to see us all out there. I do believe we gave them that extra push. The family looked tense and it just made my blood all the more for what this family has been put through, all because their Hero Son defended himself against a known Al Qaeda terrorist. We hugged them and let them know we would not leave until they came back out. Pastor Ed assured them we would pray for them and we did. The panel consisted of 5 members, 3 male, two female and two of the members were civilians. Vicki was originally told she would be given 10 minutes to fight for her Son's life, but the family was actually given about one hour. I think that speaks to this families credible and formidable presence. The panel asked questions relating to Michael's life as he grew up and what his plans were if he were released. The Behenna family were told that a decision would be rendered in a week or two and that Michael is the one who will be notified of the decision. Pray folks, please pray as if Michael is your Son, because he is, he is all of our Sons!

To Beth, Carrie, Stanger, Snooper, Nonnie, Pastor Ed and Annie B, thank you for all your support and for coming such a long way to support this Hero. I believe there is a special bond between us that will last a lifetime.

With A Mother's Heart Filled With Love and Respect For lst Lt Michael Behenna and His Beautiful Family,

Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers

(Click image for larger view)
Michael's Family

Rest in Peace PFC Michael Pearson

I want to thank every Illinois resident who lined the highway from the funeral home to Abe Lincoln Cemetery.  There were hundreds of Patriots! It was absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life.  It was a long way from the funeral home to the cemetery but it was the most heartwarming ride of my life.  Marine Jim was riding with me and he had to grab a tissue.  Thank you to all of the Patriots who lined the highway and all of those who pulled their cars over and stood at attention. 

I'm a fighter, as are my Sons and my brother, as was my father, and I am mad, mad as hell that this happened on our soil.  Like 9/11, another cowardly act by the jihadis.

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

To all those who want to harm America or her Defenders, this is for you...

We took a "Stand For Our Troops" on the Cannon Bldg Corner
Sept 9th & 10th in Washington, DC

Col Robert Brenner, Jr, Retired
WWII Army Veteran
Battle of the Bulge


Huge Success, to see our After Action Report click here.

Strumming for Vets is an organization that has come up with a way to help restore the feeling of joy and self-worth that can be lost after extreme trauma. With donated guitars and teachers donating their time, these vets are given a new type of therapy that works!

Please help if you can.


Click here to listen to this song


Evan is Army Strong
at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Check our Evan's website and sign his guestbook.


A must read story:

A Hollywood Good Guy Makes Good

(Links: USA Cares , Dennis Miller )

Video worth watching!
Note:  Turn your speakers on.


Memorial Day Ceremony

Chris Hill, National Director of The Gathering of Eagles,  
Tullytown Memorial Day Weekend Speech. 

A Veteran Who Carries in His Heart The Entire Band of Brothers.  

Click here for video
Note:  Click on Closing Ceremony Link and
watch for Chris at 12.16 minutes into video.


This will tickle you and make your blood rush
YouTube - These Are My Credentials set to Free Bird
Order Now!
Own a piece of history and support our troops!

A Hero's wedding!
Story:  Click here

Pictures:  Click here

A Hero Who Now Belongs to the Nation!
A message from Chris Hill

>> Click here

Americans Raise $1,055,719 For Troops!!!      

Thanks Melanie Morgan, Michelle Malkin,
Move America Forward & America! 

Read the story - Click here

Are you sleeping?

A message from a Gold Star Mothers>> Click here

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
- George Orwell

From the Founder of The Band of Mothers:

As I watched Cindy Sheehan and her misguided bunch in Crawford, Texas, she ignited in this mother my “protective instincts.”   I raised three children myself and well, let’s just say “nobody ever messed with my kids!”  I do not believe there is a force in this world stronger than a mother’s instinct to protect her children.  I have watched these protestors and worry so very much about how their disrespectful behavior affects our noble Soldier’s morale.  I decided that we cannot afford nor allow their voice to be the only voice heard!  Never a mother who could sit idly by, an idea formulated in my heart and in my mind that our brave men and women need “The Band of Mothers” to watch over them, and more importantly, to  “Stick Up For Them!” 

If You would like to become a member of the Band of Mothers, simply go to the Ranger UP website and purchase a T-shirt and wear it often and everywhere!  All proceeds after cost go to The Wounded Warrior Project and  The Gathering of Eagles Organization - which protects our soldiers from the growing insurgency at home. We will know each other, and so will others, by our T-Shirts!

The Very Proud Mother of a United States Soldier 82nd Airborne,
The Very Proud Sister of a United States Marine - Vietnam,
The Very Proud Daughter of a WWII Veteran.

Beverly Perlson
Founder, The Band of Mothers

An email was sent to the founder of The Band of Mother, Mrs. Perlson, which shows the character of our brave heroes, our soldiers and serves as  an example of why the United States of America is the GREATEST nation in the world!  We wanted to share it with you - THANKS RYAN, may God's speed and grace be with you.

Dear Band of Mothers,

Thank you so much for the support of the troops. Being a mother is not easy; being a mother in a situation where you know you may never see your beloved son or daughter again must be torture. You are correct, Warriors come from Warriors.

 I am 20 years old and from Colorado. I am a student at the University of Colorado, and come November, I am a United States Marine. My mother is terrified; I do not know what to tell her, but I know that this is something that I have to do, for America and for myself. Thank you for raising children with the courage and strength to serve.

 I wish the safe return of all of your children. Despite the efforts of peace groups and counter-protestors, there are always replacements such as myself. It may not seem like it, but there are still plenty of kids who know when to stand up and do what is right. In fact, the Army and USMC were above their recruitment quotas for last year; I would say there are a lot of us. It is an honor to follow your children into battle, and to relieve them so that they may return. Thank you again, you are an amazing group of women. I think I am going to get my mother a shirt. She is terrified, as I said; I hope that one day she can come to be proud of me as well. Thank you all.


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To my Brave Son and all the Brave Men and Women of our Armed Forces:                    

In the heartfelt words of our parting President and Your Commander-in-Chief:  "This Nation Owes You A Debt of Gratitude."

With all my heart and soul, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

To President Bush:  We will miss you. It is my belief that these last 7 1/2 safe years will soon be more memorable than anytime in our history.  Thank you for keeping my family and my country safe.  History will make you our Hero.

Beverly Perlson
Founder, The Band of Mothers

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Chandler's Watch Radio Show on

On the evening of May 2, 2008, at Louie's Chop House on the south side of Chicago, I had the honor of dining with the Producer and Crew of the infamous radio show "Chandler's Watch" on  The last time I had such a memorable and entertaining evening I had visited my Hero Son and his Hero Brothers at Ft. Bragg!  From left to right, yours truly with Leo McSweeney (Co-Host on SanDiego1700), Tommy Chandler (Host) and John "Howie" Howell (Producer).  These Pro-Victory Marines actively support their Brothers and ACTIVELY antagonize Suzi and Code Pink every chance they get!!!  Checkout their radio show on Saturday nights at 5pm pacific time.  They are huge supporters of our troops and just the Best Company you can be in!  Thanks with all my heart for all you fellows are doing for our brave men and women.  You are The BEST!  
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