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Lieutenant Colonel's Sister Performs Throughout the United States in Her Brother's Memory

FEBRUARY, 9, 2007, (DALLAS, TX) – Singer/Songwriter Kristy Kruger has launched a 50-state tour of the United States to honor her brother, Texan soldier Lt. Col. Eric Kruger who was killed in Iraq, Nov. 2, 2006. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Lt. Col. Kruger was on his third tour of duty in the Middle East when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle on only his second day in Baghdad. He was based in Fort Carson, Colorado, and only eighteen officers of his ranking or higher have been killed in the war.

Lt. Col. Kruger received his commission in 1988 and joined active duty service in 1989 upon graduation. During his 18 years of military service, he received numerous awards, and served in Korea, Bahrain, Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His memorial concerts will include a musical performance by his younger sister, Dallas songstress, Kristy Krüger, who will spend the next year performing throughout the United States in her brother's honor, ending in his hometown of Dallas next year on his 42nd birthday. Los Angeles songwriter Leslie Stevens of Leslie and the Badgers, joins Kristy for the first stretch of the tour. Half of the tours profits will be donated to the memorial fund for Liet. Col. Eric Kruger's four children.

Ms. Krüger came up with the idea to host a memorial concert in Dallas on her brother's birthday while at his funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, where he was laid to rest with his fellow soldiers. After gathering with family and friends for this concert in Dallas, on what would have been his 41st birthday, Ms. Krüger decided to perform in her brother's name in every state in the Union . "He died in the name of this country, so I'd like him to be remembered in every state in this country," she said.

A staple in the Dallas acoustic scene, Ms. Krüger has released four albums independently and was awarded the 2006 Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Female Vocalist. Her latest release won the Independent Music Award for Americana Album of the Year and the Dallas Morning News named it one of the top 10 local releases of 2006. Ms.Krüger says her brother's passion for the military was an inspiration to her musically. "He loved the military the way I loved music. When I think of what he'd want me to do with my life," she says, "I know he'd love for me to travel the world and play music with the same passion he had for the army. Since he died for America, I'd like to see the whole thing. I'd like to see what he died for."

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