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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 17, 2014

CONTACTS:
Ben Keen, Steel City Vets:  412.467.6146 ben@steelcityvets.com
Todd DePastino, Veterans Breakfast Club:  412.623.9029 todd@veteransbreakfastclub.com
John McCabe, President & CEO, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall:  412.621.4253 john@soldierandsailorshall.org
Bart Womack, Author Embedded Enemycsmactor@yahoo.com

 Local Veterans’ Organizations join forces to honor this nation’s latest Generation of Veterans

 (Pittsburgh, PA) – Steel City Vets, Veterans Breakfast Club and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. are proud to announce a joint event titled “Out of the Foxhole – Celebrating Post-9/11 Veterans and Military Families” to be held at Soldiers & Sailors on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 1:00-4:00pm.  The event is aimed at connecting Pittsburgh area veterans from the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 “Out of the Foxhole” will be held in the ballroom at the historic Soldiers & Sailors and will feature a keynote address from Command Sergeant Major (ret) Bart Womack.  CSM (ret) Womack is the author of the recently released book Embedded Enemy, which gives readers a first-hand account of the soldier-on-soldier attack that occurred at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait on March 22, 2003.  This attack occurred just days before the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was scheduled to invade Iraq and resulted in the death of two service members and the wounding of 12 others.  Among those killed was Army Captain Chris Seifert who was a native of Easton, PA, and served as part of the Brigade’s intelligence team.

 CSM (ret) Womack now uses the lessons learned through his 20-plus years of service to help veterans throughout the country.  He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars including one for Valor.  He has served in many different roles and completed some of the toughest training the military offers.  Since retiring in 2006, he has worked as a military liaison to several Hollywood films and television series. He also volunteers with many organizations that assist veterans in transitioning from the military to the civilian community. 

 Following CSM Womack’s address, veterans will be invited to share a story in a safe and friendly environment.  Then, all guests will be welcome to tour the museum and its many exhibits on our nation’s past conflicts.  CSM (ret) Womack will also have copies of his book available for sale and signing.  Portions of the sale of the book will be donated to the Benjamin Seifert College Fund which was started by friends and family of Chris.

“It is with pleasure that I have the opportunity to speak to the Veterans and citizens of the great city of Pittsburgh, PA.  A native of the state is featured in the story, and I can think of no other tribute than from that of fellow Pennsylvanian’s.  Hard work and perseverance resonates in this town and they will quickly adapt to the sacrifices and that same perseverance that the men and women in this story exhibit.  In this town people actually care.  They care about honor, they care about country and they care about soldiers.  In kind, this story will mean something to Pittsburgh.” said CSM Womack.

 The cost of this event is $5 per person, a low price made possible by a grant from the Veterans Support Foundation and Steel City Vets, and hosted by Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.  Guests can pay at the door.  Parking will be available for $5 in the Soldiers & Sailors Parking Garage which is located on Bigelow Boulevard between 5th Ave and O ‘Hara St.; street parking is also available. Copies of the book, Embedded Enemy, can be purchased at the event for $15.  Those interested in attending should make reservations by contacting Todd DePastino at the Veterans Breakfast Club at 412-623-9029 or todd@veteransbreakfastclub.com.

About Steel City Vets

Steel City Vets, a Pittsburgh-based organization, aims to provide the much-need social connection to Post-9/11 Veterans within the Greater Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania areas.  To learn more please visit www.steelcityvets.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steelcityvets.

About Veterans Breakfast Club

Veterans Breakfast Club is another Pittsburgh-based organization that strives to create communities of listening around Veterans of all eras and their stories.  They set up public events where they encourage Veterans to share their stories in a safe and friendly environment throughout Greater Pittsburgh.  To learn more, please visit www.veteransbreakfastclub.com.

 About Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. was first envisioned by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in 1890.  It was built to honor the patriotism and heroism of all of those from Alleghany County who fought during the Civil War.  Today, it stands in honor of all men and women of Pennsylvania that have served in all military conflicts faced by the United States.  It now stands as the largest building in the United States dedicated specifically to all those who answered the nation’s call to arms and represents all branches of the armed services.  To learn more please visit http://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org.

 About CSM (ret) Bart Womack

Command Sergeant Major (ret) Bart Womack served on Active Duty with the United States Army from February 1977 to June 2006.  During his time of service, CSM Womack served at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as a Sentinel and Relief Commander along with many other roles.  He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars, one for Valor.  In early 2003, he was serving as the most senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the historic 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) leading the Brigade from their base camp in Kuwait through the initial invasion of Iraq and liberation of several key cities. 

 About Embedded Enemy

Embedded Enemy is the true story of the unparalleled and deadly Soldier-on-Soldier attack against the men and women of Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  The attack, which occurred on March 23, 2003, resulted in the death of two officers and 12 others from the brigade just days before they were to invade Iraq and take on Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime.  The story shows how the soldiers came together to rescue, treat and evacuate their brothers-in-arms among the explosions, rapid gun fire, shrapnel and utter chaos of that night.  The book is available to purchase from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble Online book stores.  A percentage of the money from the sale of the book goes to the Benjamin Seifert College Fund which was started by friends and family of Army Captain Chris Seifert who was killed during the attack.  To learn more please visit http://www.embeddedenemy.com.

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