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After 2 decades of helping local military families, Chris Miller is stepping down

Original post made by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Aug 17, 2009

There was loud applause earlier this month at a homecoming celebration for Pleasanton Marine Andy Bowen and also for Chris Miller, Pleasanton's long-time unofficial ambassador to local military and their families who has been largely responsible for setting up these welcome home events.

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Posted by Gabriela Koenen
a resident of another community
on Aug 19, 2009 at 9:57 am

Chris Miller did a wonderful job leading the group.
When my older son Darren was in Iraq the first time, I was scared, had no idea what all that military lingo meant and by joining the group I received some assurance and comfort.
It certainly was a support for the soldiers and support for each other.
At the end of each meeting, we would join hands and say The Lord's Prayer which created a huge bond among us.
Since I was born and raised in Germany, I never learned the words to that prayer in English but can recite it in German, which I did. You can imagine the looks I got from people standing close to me.

I moved away last year but stay in touch with Chris and Pat Frizell. I am still on the email list, so I have a feeling of belonging to them.
I hope someone will take over, although Chris will be a tough act to follow.


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Posted by Pam Ellis
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 20, 2009 at 8:46 am

I have had the pleasure of meeting Chris a few times as well as my son enjoying the benefit of what is started here. I have no doubts that the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group will continue in the same way it has. There are many many people now how are following with the same spirit that Chris started.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Chris for keeping the focus on the men and women who devote their lives to protecting the freedom we cherish.