Soldier's Wife Avoids Meeting with President

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Johnna Loia of Pueblo was among family members and relatives of
those killed in the war who were invited to meet with Bush at Fort
Carson on Monday.

Loia's fiance, Specialist Brian Penisten of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was
killed November 2nd in a helicopter crash along with three other
Fort Carson soldiers. In all, the crash killed 16 U.S. troops.

Twenty-eight-year-old Penisten was on his way back to Colorado
to marry Loia.

Bush spent nearly two hours in a private meeting with more than
100 family members of fallen Fort Carson soldiers.

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