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August 1, 2011
Contact: Drew Ivers

Ron Paul Iowa Team Announces ‘Veterans for Ron Paul’ Coalition
Hawkeye State heroes still fighting – for Ron Paul

ANKENY, Iowa - The Iowa component of the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign today announced the national “Veterans for Ron Paul” coalition to energize supporters of Dr. Paul who were members of the U.S. armed forces.
In announcing this national coalition, the Iowa team praised the participation of Iowa legislative and political leaders who are veterans and are working to elect Dr. Paul the Republican nominee for the presidency.
“Out of the entire Republican field of candidates and including President Obama, Congressman Ron Paul is the only candidate for the presidency who has served in the military,” said Iowa House Rep. Glen Massie (R-Des Moines).
“Dr. Paul is a man of unimpeachable integrity whether this is measured against his character or his decades-long record of public service.  I am certain Iowa’s veterans will answer the call for the mission of supporting Ron Paul for president just as they have answered the solemn call to serve their country in times of urgent need,” said Rep. Massie, who serves on the “Veterans for Ron Paul” national advisory board.
Rep. Massie is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and in May he became the first Iowa legislator to endorse Dr. Paul for the Republican nomination.
“As a veteran, I am proud to lend my support to this military-friendly initiative in support of Dr. Paul,” said Iowa Campaign Chairman Drew Ivers.
“Active-duty men and women recently demonstrated their support for Dr. Paul by contributing much more to his presidential campaign than they have to those of other Republican candidates.  Now America’s veterans, too, have a chance to showcase their enthusiasm for Dr. Paul’s candidacy and we expect an outpouring of interest among this group as well,” said Mr. Ivers.
Mr. Ivers is a combat-wounded U.S. Army veteran and was awarded a purple heart for injuries he sustained while serving in Vietnam.
As a first basic step, those wanting to join the “Veterans for Ron Paul”coalition should visit

December 15, 2011

Ron Paul Iowa Team Names New ‘Veterans For Ron Paul’ Coalition Members  
Hawkeye State heroes hail from Hamilton, Henry, and Pottawattamie Counties

ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today new members of its “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.
Ron Paul, himself a veteran, believes national defense is the single most important responsibility the Constitution entrusts to the federal government.  His national defense policy of keeping America strong, secure, and respected has garnered the support of veterans in Iowa and nationally.
The new “Veterans for Ron Paul” coalition members hail from Hamilton, Henry, and Pottawattamie Counties.
Iraq War veteran Ryan Cook of Mount Pleasant proudly served in the United States Army for more than four years.
Drawn to Congressman Paul’s foreign policy positions Mr. Cook said, “Ron Paul understands that nation-building abroad is devastating in both human and financial costs.  We have lost over 4,000 American fathers, brothers, and sons after a decade overseas.  We have spent billions of American taxpayer dollars.  American families and taxpayers can no longer afford it.  Ron Paul understands that.”
Another supporter, retired Army Captain Gary Bruns, served more than six years in the military following the end of the Vietnam War. 
“As an Air Force Veteran, Ron Paul took an oath to defend our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Dr. Paul’s record is clear – for decades he has supported a strong national defense.  I know he will represent me and veterans across the nation when he becomes president,” said Bruns, who resides in Council Bluffs.  
Finally there is Ray Frye, a U.S. Army veteran living in Williams.  
“Ron Paul has a pro-American foreign policy and believes in the values our nation was built upon.  He also understands that we need to end the kind of nation-building that increases our debt and sacrifices American lives,” said Mr. Frye.
As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Veterans for Ron Paul” coalition should visit the official page here.  Those residing in Iowa should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at


December 31, 2011

Ron Paul Iowa Team Salutes 25 New ‘Veterans for Ron Paul’ 
Largest-yet coalition rollout representing 13 counties follows recent veterans-themed rally

ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today the names of 25 Iowans joining the active “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition. 
The announcement occurs on the heels of a similar recent 20-veteran announcement, a ‘Salute to Veterans’ rally in Des Moines, and a Des Moines Register op-ed by Ron Paul addressing veterans issues, all in the last week.
Surpassing the recent record-setting rollout for this coalition, the additional members reside in Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Jackson, Jasper, Linn, Pocahontas, Polk, Scott, Warren, Washington, and Woodbury counties, all Iowa.
Support for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign in the Hawkeye state continues to benefit from the backing of veterans such as the ones speaking out today.  Reasons for Dr. Paul’s substantial support from voters who are veterans include his dedication to veterans while in Congress, highlighted in an ad here, and the fact that he is himself a former Air Force flight surgeon.

Representing 13 counties, information about each veteran is provided in the following sequence:  Name and residence, rank, branch, conflict/assignment, years of service.

Butler County
Dean Dietz of Dumont, Specialist, US Army, Vietnam, 1 year.
Cass County

Richard Marriott of Atlantic, Seaman Apprentice, US Navy, Desert Storm/USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Cedar County

Adam Kofoed of West Branch, Specialist, US Army, South Korea, 3 years.

Ashley Hayes of West Branch, Private First Class, US Army, South Korea, 1.5 years.
Cerro Gordo County

Nate Johnson of Mason City, Airman First Class, US Air Force, 1 year.
Jackson County

Charles Meyer of Maquoketa, Sergeant, US Army, Afghanistan, 5 years.

Jasper County

Don Seibert of Monroe, Specialist-5, US Army, Vietnam (two tours), 3 years.
Linn County

David Ward of Cedar Rapids, Petty Officer Third Class, US Navy, Japan, 6 years.
Duane Weltha of Marion, Staff Sergeant, US Air Force, Saudi Arabia, 4 years.
Pocahontas County

Norma Halverson of Laurens, US Air Force, 5.5 years.

Polk County

Michael Berry of West Des Moines, Major, US Army, Germany/Korea/Panama/Honduras/Guatemala/Poland/Kuwait/Iraq, 27 years.

Jonas Cutler of West Des Moines, Corporal, US Marines, Gulf War, 4 years.

Terry Hout of Des Moines, Specialist-4, US Army, Vietnam, 2 years.

Ryan Lewellin of Des Moines, Corporal, US Marines, Iraq, 6.5 years.

Charles Janzen of Windsor Heights, Private First Class, US Army, 2 years.

Ron Richards of Des Moines, Senior Airman, US Air Force, 4 years.

John Lindley of West Des Moines, US Army, Iraq, 4 years.

Matthew Gray of Des Moines, Specialist, US Army, Iraq & Afghanistan, 5 years.

Gabe Lanz of Des Moines, Specialist, US Army, Iraq & Afghanistan, 8 years.

Scott County

Donald Collins of Davenport, Specialist, US Army, Germany, 10 years.

Warren County

Delbert Edwards of Indianola, US Navy, Battleship New Jersey, 4 years active 9 years reserve.
Crystal McIntyre of Indianola, US Army, 8 years.

Washington County

Steve Lord of Ainsworth, Corporal, US Marines, Japan/Thailand/Okinawa, 3.5 years.
Woodbury County

Marco Linares of Sioux City, Sergeant, Iowa Army National Guard, Afghanistan, 4 years.

Pastor Al Milligan of Danbury, Specialist-4, US Army, West Germany, 3 years.

As a first basic step, those interested in joining the “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here.  Those residing in the Hawkeye State should email Iowa Voter Outreach Director Meghann Walker at