In July 1999, Patricia Kutteles' son, PFC Barry Winchell, was brutally murdered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, by fellow soldiers who believed Winchell was gay.
In the wake of her son's death, Mrs. Kutteles has been a vocal opponent of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. She has met with Pentagon and Army leaders to push for better anti-harassment programs in the armed forces. She actively opposed President Bush's nomination of MG Robert T. Clark, the commander of Ft. Campbell at the time of her son's death, for promotion to Lieutenant General. And she has traveled extensively, speaking about her son's death and SLDN's work to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Mrs. Kutteles has appeared on NBC News, A&E 'American Justice,' CNN, MSNBC and has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times and on numerous television and radio programs. The story of her son's murder was the subject of Showtime's award-winning film "Soldier's Girl."
She is a resident of Kansas City.