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families, young people who are of draft age
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all the Bush administration’s calls
for “patriotism” and “supporting
the troops” (by which they seem to mean
supporting their policies without question),
and their claims that “you’re
either with us or against us,” often
the actual facts get obscured.
is time to see through all the propaganda
that has been used to divide us. The days
when the “support our troops”
people and the “peace” people
stand on opposite sides of the street need
to end. Whether one believes that the troops
should be in Iraq or not, what is clear is
that the government and the military are not
supporting them. These are people who trusted
their government to tell them the truth, and
to take reasonable care to protect them. They
have the right to expect nothing less.
and Other Resources
Gulf War Veterans Association - The American
Gulf War Veterans Association (AGWVA) was
established with one goal in mind: To obtain
treatment for those service members and their
families who experience symptoms collectively
known as the "Gulf War Illness".
However, there is more to this issue than
meets the eye. As this investigation into
causation has now progressed into the arena
of possible exposure to chemical and/or biological
agents, radiation poisoning due to the use
of depleted uranium and most disturbingly,
the use of our fighting men and women as "Guinea
Pigs" in medical experimentation, the
AGWVA has now added a second goal: To obtain
justice and compensation for all those affected
by these illnesses.
Them Home Now! - Statement of Purpose:
BRING THEM HOME NOW! is a campaign of military
families, veterans, active duty personnel,
reservists and others opposed to the ongoing
war in Iraq and galvanized to action by George
W. Bush's inane and reckless challenge to
armed Iraqis resisting occupation to "Bring
'em on." Our mission is to mobilize military
families, veterans, and GI's themselves to
demand: an end to the occupation of Iraq and
other misguided military adventures; and an
immediate return of all US troops to their
home duty stations.
on Conscience and War – works to
defend and extend the rights of conscientious
objectors. Formed in 1940, The Center is committed
to supporting all those who question participation
in war, whether they are U.S. citizens, permanent
residents, documented or undocumented immigrants--or
citizens in other countries.
Star Families for Peace - We as families
of soldiers who have died as a result of war
are organizing to be a positive force in our
world to bring our country’s sons and
daughters home from Iraq, to minimize the
“human cost” of this war, and
to prevent other families from the pain we
are feeling as the result of our losses.
Rights Hotline - a network of nonprofit,
nongovernmental organizations who provide
information to service members about military
discharges, grievance and complaint procedures,
and other civil rights.
Veterans Memorial - Over the past four
years we have lost many wonderful men and
women to the Iraq War. This site was conceived
as a place to honor the fallen servicemembers
who gave their lives representing the United
States of America. Please view the video below.
Families Speak Out - an organization of
people who are opposed to war in Iraq and
who have relatives or loved ones in the military.
We were formed in November of 2002 and have
contacts with military families throughout
the United States, and in other countries
around the world. As people with family members
and loved ones in the military, we have both
a special need and a unique role to play in
speaking out against war in Iraq. It is our
loved ones who are, or have been, or will
be on the battlefront. It is our loved ones
who are risking injury and death. It is our
loved ones who are returning scarred from
their experiences. It is our loved ones who
will have to live with the injuries and deaths
among innocent Iraqi civilians.
Coalition for Homeless Veterans - Founded
in 1990 by a group of community-based homeless
veteran service providers, the National Coalition
for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) seeks to eliminate
homelessness in the veteran community and
work its way out of business. Mission: NCHV
will end homelessness among veterans by shaping
public policy, educating the public, and building
the capacity of service providers.
Gulf War Resource
Center - The National Gulf War Resource
Center is an international coalition of advocates
and organizations providing a resource for
information, support, and referrals for all
those concerned with the complexities of Persian
Gulf War issues, especially Gulf War illnesses
and those held prisoner or missing in action.
Truth - a non-profit, non-partisan organization
that seeks to educate the American public
about the truth of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
from the perspective of the troops who have
experienced them first-hand. The truth about
Iraq from those who served.
for Common Sense - Mission Statement:
Veterans for Common Sense seeks to inject
the element of Common Sense into debates over
war and national security. In an age when
the majority of public servants have never
served in uniform, the perspective of war
veterans must play a key role in the public
debate over national security issues in order
to preserve the liberty veterans have fought
and died preserving.
for Peace - Veterans Working Together
for Peace &
Justice Through Non-violence.
Jamail's Iraq Dispatches
- Weary of the overall failure of the US media
to accurately report on the realities of the
war in Iraw for the Iraqi people and the US
soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report
on the war himself.
of the Fallen
- Details on each soldier killed in Iraq.
to support the American soldiers and help
the people of Iraq
- links to organizations helping the soldiers
and their families as well as ones helping
the people of Iraq (from MichaelMoore.com)
Eleventh Hour - True stories of war from
the last 100 years. "Stories untold fester.
Stories unheard become illness and despair.
Stories unspoken undo the mind and the soul.
Stories told heal the heart. Stories witnessed
create community. Stories heard become wisdom....We
have refused to hear and feel the agony of
war and violence from the perspective of the
young soldiers who are being called to commit
the unthinkable. From the perspective of the
civilians, children, women, the aged who will
suffer it. From the perspective of the earth
that will be destroyed by it if we do not
together as a global community say: "No"
...The telling and the receiving of these
stories are activities that say: "This
must stop here and now." These stories
contain the essential information and understanding
needed by everyone in the world in order to
know how to move forward at this time. These
stories when we listen to them will provide
the wisdom of healing and will inform us to
take proper action."
list of US and coalition casualties –
lists the names of the soldiers, Marines,
airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose
families have been notified of their deaths
by each country's government. Also includes
Pentagon statistics on soldiers wounded in
action. The Pentagon does not report the number
of non-hostile wounded. This list is updated
regularly. Also includes a historical look
at U.S. war casualties.
War Illness Is Real, Debilitating: Study
- By Aaron Glantz. OneWorld US Tuesday 18 November
Doubts About Health Care for U.S. War Vets
- By Aaron Glantz. OneWorld US Monday 21 April
Crimes Signal Need
- By Dana Hull. San Jose Mercury News Sunday
18 March 2007
Diamonds and Blood Oil
- By Retired US Army Reserve Colonel Ann Wright.
Truthout.com Tuesday 6 March 2007
Is Just Not Walter Reed"
- By Anne Hull and Dana Priest. The Washington
Post Monday 5 March 2007
on the Street
- By Sarah Childress. Newsweek Saturday 24 February
from despair, in her words
- By David Zucchino. The L.A. Times Friday 23
Orders Review Into Treatment of Wounded Troops
- By Matt Spetalnick. Reuters Tuesday 20 February
Uranium: Pernicious Killer Keeps on Killing
- By Craig Etchison, Ph.D. Truthout.com Monday
19 February 2007
- By Anne Hull and Dana Priest. The Washington
Post Monday 19 February 2007
Face Neglect, Frustration at Army's Top Medical
- By Dana Priest and Anne Hull. The Washington
Post Sunday 18 February 2007
has consequences for soldier of conscience
- By Paul Rockwell. The Baltimore Sun Thursday
1 February 2007
- By Paul E. Schroeder. The Washington Post
Tuesday 3 January 2006
the Walls of Ward 54 - By Mark Benjamin.
Salon.com Friday 18 February 2005
My Humanity - By Camilo Mejia. CodePink.org
Thursday 17 February 2005
Camilo Mejia spent more than 7 years in the
military and 8 months fighting in Iraq. On a
furlough from the war, he applied for Conscientious
Objector status, and was declared a Prisoner
of Conscience by Amnesty International. He was
convicted of desertion by the U.S. military
for refusing to return to the war in Iraq and
was imprisoned. Mejia was released from prison
on February 15th.
Siege - By Kristin Henderson, The Washington
Post, Sunday 10 October 2004
Going to war is never easy, but neither is being
Trained to Kill, Not Cope - By Charles Duhigg,
Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2004
brain injury, a 'silent handicap,' affects many
Iraq vets – By Matthew B. Stannard,
San Francisco Chronicle. Monday, July 19, 2004
Uranium:America's Silent Weapon of Mass Destruction
- By Sally Carless. Common Dreams, July 13,
2004. American troops are coming home poisoned
-- not by Saddam -- but by their own government's
weapons of mass and indiscriminate destruction.
Veterans Speak... - By Sara Daniel. Le Nouvel
Observateur Hébdomadaire. Week of 15
McCaffrey on Her Son's Death in Iraq: "We
Cannot Ignore Anymore What Is Going On In Iraq...I
am Speaking as a Mother and as a Human Being"
– Interview, Democracy Now!, July 6, 2004.
Army National Guard Special Patrick McCaffrey
was shot dead in an ambush in Iraq. He was 34
years old and the father of two. His son is
9 years old. His daughter is 2 years old. His
death received national attention in July when
his mother Nadia McCaffrey invited the press
to Sacramento International Airport to record
images of his flag-draped coffin returning home.
Since his body was flown in on a commercial
flight, the Pentagon's ban on photos of coffins
did not apply.
Price of Valor - by Dan Baum, The New Yorker.
Posted July 5, 2004
We train our soldiers to kill for us. Afterward,
they’re on their own.
Tale of Three Soldiers - by Nancy Lessin
and Charley Richardson. Published on Wednesday,
June 2, 2004 by CommonDreams.org
This What "Supporting Our Troops" Really Looks
Like?- By Sally Carless. HopeDance, May/June
2004. What does supporting the troops really
mean? When the US government attacked Iraq,
many assumed that supporting the troops meant
supporting the war -- that to speak against
the drive to war was to speak against the troops
risking their lives overseas. The notion that
the American government takes care of its soldiers’
health and needs is a myth. They are exposed
to severe health hazards without being informed,
they are poorly paid and equipped, they have
been misled about the reasons for going to war,
and they often receive substandard care when
they return from their service.
probes long-term effect of malaria drug
- By Mark Benjamin and Dan Olmsted, United Press
International, 04/12/2004. A decade after veterans
first began complaining, the Department of Veterans
Affairs says it will review an anti-malaria
drug given to thousands of U.S. troops fighting
the war on terrorism to determine if it could
cause long-term health and mental problems.
Cite Woes in Medical Treatment
- Deborah Funk. Army Times. April 12, 2004.
I.'s: Dust Made Us Ill - By Wil Cruza, Newsday.
10 April 2004
Revelations About Quality of Care at Some U.S.
Veterans' Hospitals - ABC News
Friday 08 April 2004. With 130,000 young American
men and women putting their lives at risk in
Iraq today, there are concerns about conditions
at some U.S. veterans' hospitals.
America sending battle-weary, clinically stressed
soldiers back into the heat of Iraq? By
Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles. Published April
3, 2004 in the Independent (www.independent.co.uk)
in Iraq: U.S. Casualties Up To 11,700 -
By Mark Benjamin, United Press International.
April 2, 2004. (For more of Mark Benjamin's
to UPI )
War Veterans' Children Have Increased
Risk - By Nic Fleming, The Telegraph, 3/26/2004
The research studies continue to pour in confirming
the claims made by Gulf War veterans: Service
in the Gulf War has a significant adverse impact
on Gulf War veterans' health and on Gulf War
veterans' children’s health.
Weapons Labs - War American-Style- by Nick
Turse. Published on Friday, March 26, 2004 by
Navy Public Affairs Officer in Iraq Condemns
Bush & the U.S. Invasion- By Democracy Now!
Friday 26 March 2004
Children of the Bomblet: A year later, remembering
the deadliest weapon - by Kareem Fahim.
Published March 23rd, 2004 in the Village Voice.
Things They Wrote - Soldiers' Last Letters Home
- The New York Times. Sunday March 21, 2004
Families Fight to Keep Lives on Track -
Iraq war, one year later. In Michigan, loved
ones grapple with fear, loneliness, fatigue,
cranky kids, daily routines. By Ron French and
Francis X. Donnelly / The Detroit News. Thursday,
March 18, 2004
Families Protest War - By Tim Harper, Published
in The Toronto Star CA. Sunday March 14, 2004
Forgotten Soldiers of Operation "Iraqi Freedom"
- By Greg Palast, gregpalast.com, Sunday 07
Casualty: An American soldier comes home from
Iraq - By Dan Baum, The New Yorker.
Wednesday 03 March 2004
Damage Done - Mother Jones, March/April
2004 Issue. It's easy to send soldiers off to
war. It's a lot harder to face them when they
come home. Photo Essay by Nina Berman. Text
by Verlyn Klinkenborg
"suppressed" scientific study into
depleted uranium cancer fears in Iraq -
By Rob Edwards. Published on Sunday, February
22, 2004 by The Sunday Herald (Scotland) Radiation
experts warn in unpublished report that DU weapons
used by Allies in Gulf war pose long-term health
Percent of U.S. Casualties Evacuated from Iraq
have Psychiatric Conditions - By Mark Benjamin,
United Press International, 2/18/2004
Offers No Food for Thought - The Pentagon
wants to run soldiers on no food. By Noah Shachtman.
Feb. 17, 2004
Battle on the Home Front - Even as President
Bush sends American soldiers into Iraq, he is
cutting their benefits. By Maile Melkonian.
San Francisco Chronicle. November 11, 2003
Jessica Says President is Misusing Her 'Heroism'
- By Edward Helmore, The Observer.
Sunday 09 November 2003
reservists: Even on front lines, always on back
burner - By Phillip Carter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
10-26-03 (registration required)
treated horribly while they await medical
care - Gainesville Times. October 23, 2003.
Deplorable best describes the conditions that
more than 600 U.S. Army Reserve and National
Guard troops find themselves in at Fort Stewart.
Blues - By Ruth Rosen, Mother Jones. Tuesday
21 October 2003. It's becoming more apparent
every day that the U.S. military has a serious
morale problem. Depression, mild and severe,
is plaguing the troops, sometimes with fatal
Pvt. Ryan ... From Pain - The Pentagon wants
soldiers to be able to fight wounded. By Noah
Shachtman. Oct. 10, 2003
duty calls, some military families find financial
hardship - By Christian Hill. The Olympian.
Sunday, September 14, 2003
Veteran Battles Bureaucracy
Back Home - By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated
Press. Tuesday 12 August 2003
Soldiers of Ward 57 - (scroll down to second
article) Moving Forward, One Step at a Time.
After Iraq, Wounded Soldiers Try Out New Limbs,
New Lives. By Tamara Jones and Anne Hull, Washington
Post. Monday 21 July 2003
Pay Steep Price for Service - By Sandra
Block, USA Today. Posted 6/8/2003
War Against Ourselves: An Interview with Major
Doug Rokke. Spring 2003
Force Pilots on Speed - The U.S. Military
Needs Its Speed: By Elliot Borin. Feb. 10, 2003
Cancers, Birth Defects
Blamed on U.S. Depleted Uranium - By Larry
Johnson, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Foreign
Desk Editor. Tuesday, 12 November, 2002. This
article also contains a large amount of factual
information on DU in general, its effects of
Gulf War vets, etc.
By Slow Burn - How America Nukes Its Own Troops
- What 'Support Our Troops' Really Means. By
Amy Worthington, The Idaho Observer. Tuesday
03 May 2002
Uranium And The SMH - by Helen Caldicott.
show Gulf War vets have uranium poisoning
– by Jonathon Carr-Brown and Martin Meissonnier.
September 3 2000.
ruling raises issue of Gulf War ills - Syndrome
called a contributing cause. By Allan Turner.
Houston Chronicle. April 15, 2000.
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