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In Support of Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa's Children
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Posted on 04/08/2003 8:50:07 PM PDT by Herodotus

I trust the moderators will tolerate a first-time threadmaker and help me to put this where it goes.

Building from the David Bloom support thread, I begin this thread to direct attention to the recently established trust fund for the two children of Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa. She perished in combat when the 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed in southern Iraq, and leaves behind two children. She was the first woman to die in combat, and one of the small number of Native American women in the U.S. military. She served her country and her tribe with honor and dignity as a warrior.

Information follows on the recently established trust fund for her children.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 507th; loripiestewa
http://www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=63385

Piestewa memorial fund established

By DAILY SUN STAFF 04/08/2003

The Hopi Tribe Monday established a fund to benefit Pfc. Lori Piestewa's two children and gave an address for those who wish to send their condolences to the family of the slain Hopi soldier.

"We've just been inundated with tons of requests from people in the community wanting to contribute in some form or another," said Vanessa Charles, spokeswoman for the Hopi Tribe.

Donations to the "Lori Piestewa Memorial Fund" can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank. The number of the Piestewa account is 0464633783.

Piestewa, 23, has two children, a boy 4 and a girl 3. Piestewa grew up in the Hopi village of Lower

Moenkopi and was a graduate of Tuba City High School.

She was a soldier in the 507th Maintenance Company out of Fort Bliss, Texas, that was ambushed March 23. The Department of Defense notified the Piestewa family Friday evening that the young solider was among eight 507th soldiers killed in action in the ambush.

Charles said donations to the memorial fund "will go directly into a fund for the children."

Calls offering financial assistance to help the Piestewa children have come from across Arizona and the nation, said Charles.

Anyone who wishes to send a card or note of condolence to the Piestewa family may send them to the Hopi Tribe, P.O. Box 123, Kykotsmovi, AZ., 86039. Please write "Lori Piestewa" on the outside of the envelope, Charles said.

Cards and notes may also be sent to the Piestewa family in care of the Tuba City Unified School District, P.O. Box 67, Tuba City, AZ 86045.

Charles said no firm plans have been released by the Piestewa family regarding funeral services or a public memorial.

The vice president of the Navajo Nation ordered Monday that flags be flown at half staff on the reservation for two days in honor of Piestewa, the first American servicewoman killed in the war and one of only a handful of American Indian women serving in the military.

"Lori Piestewa's military service is a reflection of the dedication of our Native American soldiers who are defending our nation and traditional homelands in this time of war," said Navajo Vice President Frank Dayish Jr.

"We should honor, respect and salute our committed military personnel serving in this conflict," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Piestewa family."

Dayish's executive order asked that Navajo Nation flags across the reservation be flown at half staff on both Monday and Tuesday.

Piestewa was also remembered during the opening ceremony Monday of the National Indian Gaming Association convention in Phoenix.

The group's chairman, Ernest L. Stevens Jr., described Piestewa as "one of the greatest warriors of all time."

"As we move on we do that with great honor to the great warrior that's lost defending this country, a warrior that lost her life trying to bring peace to this world," Stevens said. "We'll keep her close to our heart, keep her close to our thoughts."

Tribal musicians sang an honor prayer in memory of Piestewa and members of California's Morongo Band of Mission Indians pledged $5,000 toward a fund for her children.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

1 posted on 04/08/2003 8:50:07 PM PDT by Herodotus
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To: Herodotus
BTTT.
2 posted on 04/08/2003 8:52:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (I'm just a cook.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
donated bump
3 posted on 04/08/2003 8:52:56 PM PDT by ChadsDad
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To: Herodotus
Bump.
4 posted on 04/08/2003 9:05:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Remember the 507th!)
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To: Herodotus
What can we do in the face of such courage and sacrifice, except to honor her memory?
5 posted on 04/08/2003 9:14:05 PM PDT by Scothia (If you pray for rain, prepare to deal with some mud.)
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To: Herodotus
Bump for a good cause.

Wells Fargo, acct# 0464633783.

6 posted on 04/08/2003 9:14:27 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE.)
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To: Herodotus

Thanks for posting this information.
7 posted on 04/08/2003 9:15:24 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: Scothia
I saw in skimming some of the news.google.com coverage that there is a move underway to rename 'squaw mountain' after her, as in Piestawa Mountain.

Granted, we still need to know the details of how she died, but her service and selflessness cannot be dismissed.

Any AZ FReepers who can fill in on some of the coverage there? In DC we're expecting some ceremony at the Women in the Military at Arlington next week, but no firm details I've been able to find yet.
8 posted on 04/08/2003 9:16:59 PM PDT by Herodotus
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To: Herodotus
This is a worthy cause, and should be supported. PFC Lori Piestewa served her country honorably and died in its service.

That said, however, we must look to the future and ask if the Armed Forces is any place for single mothers. Our services are filled with so many of them that some headquarters and support outfits look more like daycare centers than military units. This is not a good thing. So much has gone right in this war, but we need to re-learn a few old, common-sense lessons...

9 posted on 04/08/2003 9:19:28 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Herodotus
Thank you so much for the info. My church has a program to provide financial benefits for folks involved in this war effort. We have decided to pay their utility bills to free up those amounts for other necessities at a time when their budgets are bound to be squeezed.
And we wanted to directly benefit the Piestewa family, even before we knew she had left two kids. We will make our gift to the trust fund you referenced.
10 posted on 04/08/2003 9:20:39 PM PDT by Migraine (...that really goes along with migraine!)
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To: Herodotus
Thank you for posting this
11 posted on 04/08/2003 9:21:40 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Always A Marine
Let me be very clear here up front about what I want to do with this:


I do not want this thread to be a discussion about the role of women in the military. Right now all of this is moot. These children will need assistance, and I have provided information on how the general public can help.

I take no position in this thread on the issue of women in the military, and ask that others respect that for here alone. Thanks!!!
12 posted on 04/08/2003 9:22:02 PM PDT by Herodotus
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To: Herodotus
I saw in skimming some of the news.google.com coverage that there is a move underway to rename 'squaw mountain' after her, as in Piestawa Mountain.

It's actually 'Squaw Peak', a major landmark in north central Phoenix. The name has been contentious for some time for the usual PC reasons. I usually scoff at such concerns, but my patriotism has got the better of my cynicism this time and I support the proposal.

The Arizona Republic had an editorial today calling for it to be renamed 'Piestewa Peak'.

Then there is the question of what to rename the 'Squaw Peak Parkway', among other local landmarks that take their names from the mountain. 'Piestewa Parkway' has a musical alliterative sound to it but it seems a bit much to give PFC Piestewa both a peak and a major expressway. Liberty Parkway, Veterans Parkway, or Goldwater Parkway would all be fine by me.

-ccm

13 posted on 04/08/2003 9:31:58 PM PDT by ccmay
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To: ccmay
Who would have the authority to rename a mountain or a peak? Interesting question.

Thanks for the clarification, though...let's keep the information rolling!
14 posted on 04/08/2003 9:36:40 PM PDT by Herodotus
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To: Herodotus
It's Squaw Peak, not Squaw Mountain. And it is a piece of Political Correctness opportunism to try to pull this stunt. The PC crowd have been trying to find alternative names for Squaw Peak for years, and this is just a Band Waggon for them to jump on.

Changing the name would cost millions in renamed, freeways, parks, street addresses etc. The costs to business in the area would be colossal.
15 posted on 04/08/2003 9:37:36 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: Herodotus
Your intent is understood and honored. But keep in mind that this forum exists for the discussion of issues, not merely as a bulletin board for untouchable announcements.

No informed individual could read about the children left by this single mother and fail to think the same thought which I expressed. It is an elephant standing in the middle of the room, and mentioning it does not impugn PFC Piestewa's honor. To the contrary, ignoring the obvious only perpetuates the misguided political correctness that helped to orphan the Piestewa children.

Good post...

16 posted on 04/08/2003 9:46:12 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine
I had seen mention in the Bloom thread someone's interest in gathering information on creating a larger fund for supporting the children of those killed in Iraq.

I know that the Special Forces have both survivor trust funds and college education trust funds (for dependents).

Is there something for the Marines as well? (noticing that several of the Marines lost had young children)
17 posted on 04/08/2003 9:51:02 PM PDT by Herodotus
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To: Herodotus
Thank you for the info.
18 posted on 04/08/2003 10:06:59 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Herodotus
A woman with tiny children has no business in a combat zone or even the armed services.
19 posted on 04/08/2003 10:19:32 PM PDT by RLK
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To: Herodotus
In honor of Lori.

Thank you for posting.

Here is a link to the Navajo Times.

http://www.thenavajotimes.com/where.html

20 posted on 04/08/2003 10:23:35 PM PDT by zeaal
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To: Herodotus
I know that the Special Forces have both survivor trust funds and college education trust funds (for dependents). Is there something for the Marines as well?

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (www.marine-scholars.org) has served that purpose quite admirably since 1962. The children of a number of my fallen friends had their tuition paid by the fund, so I can attest to its mission and its success. It is a well-managed charity.

A newer foundation is the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (www.mc-lef.org), which was expanded to include law enforcement after 9/11. It has an outstanding board of directors, some of whom I know personally or have served with, and all of whom I greatly respect. The foundation has no employees; virtually all expenses are absorbed by its officers and volunteers, so all gifts will reach their intended recipients.

21 posted on 04/08/2003 10:41:46 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Chi-Town Steve
*ping* & a bump.
22 posted on 04/08/2003 11:11:48 PM PDT by Anomaly in Illinois ((never forget !))
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To: Herodotus
Bump!
23 posted on 04/08/2003 11:13:02 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Herodotus
BUMP!!!
24 posted on 04/09/2003 3:51:23 AM PDT by SanAntoneBlue
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To: Always A Marine
Let's start a thread then with the names of the fallen and the information on the foundations by which FReeps can support their children.

Anyone have information on army-related foundations for some of the other fallen Army soldier?


*bump*
25 posted on 04/09/2003 5:43:40 AM PDT by Herodotus
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To: JRandomFreeper
I am sorry PFC Lori Piestewa died and am grateful for her service to the country. Having said that, I have a question about her children which is: don't they have a father(s)? This seems to be elephant in the livingroom that no one is talking about.

Have fathers become so unimportant in America that there is absolutely no need to mention them at all?

26 posted on 04/09/2003 11:43:38 AM PDT by An American In Dairyland
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To: RLK
A woman with tiny children has no business in a combat zone or even the armed services.

I honor this woman. She gave her life for her country. And it is extremely difficult to raise children being a single parent. I know; I did it. She was working hard to support them and I appreciate her for that as well. Actually, I think that signing up for reserve service is an excellent way for parents, especially single ones, to help support their families. But I agree with you that she shouldn't have been in a combat zone. I think it's a pity that the feminists have used female reservists to accomplish their political purposes, especially when most of them would never have the courage to be in the military like this young woman.

Thank you, Herodotus, for posting this. I would be interested in contributing for these children.

27 posted on 04/09/2003 11:55:29 AM PDT by twigs
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To: Herodotus
BTTT
28 posted on 04/09/2003 11:57:01 AM PDT by nutmeg (Liberate Iraq - Support Our Troops!)
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To: RLK
I find it amusing that people can condem single mothers for going into combat, but I can't help but notice those condeming us women don't have to courage to go to war themselves. I have been in the Marine Corps for over 5 years now, and I proudly await my orders to Kuwait.

PFC Piestewa had something that all of you 'liberal posters' will never have. The guts to defend your right to condem her. She like the rest of us 'single military mothers' was proud of who she was, and where she came from. What makes the fact that she was a single parent separate her from military people without children. What about all of those single fathers who have to take care of their children alone. Why is it ok for then to go to war?

I know that just like PFC Piestewa's children, my son will forever be proud of the fact that his mom hand a hand at shaping the country, when so many grown man lacked the courage to do so.

It all goes back to the old saying: Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Or as I like to say. People with only one leg to stand on, should learn to stand still, least they fall on their face.

My best wishes and reguards to PFC Piestewa's children. It is nice to know that they will grown up in a supporting community who will carry their mothers memory with them always. I think the idea to rename Squaw peak is very admirable.
29 posted on 04/11/2003 6:54:46 PM PDT by MarineSgt
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