Garett Reppenhagen IVAW





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Published on May 8, 2011

Garett Reppenhagen, Iraq veteran and co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, addresses the crowd at Colorado College assembled for a panel discussion on "Operation Recovery".

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are continuing through the use of exhausted troops who have been on multiple tours of duty and suffer deeply from the trauma of war. Thousands of soldiers are being denied their right to heal by the U.S. military so it can continue its ongoing occupations.

Specialist Jeff Hanks is one such soldier. Jeff has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was due to receive medical evaluation and treatment during a leave from his tour in Afghanistan. But his military command effectively canceled his medical appointments to send him back to combat. Jeff made the difficult decision to go AWOL to get the care he so desperately needed.

Join IVAW in our effort to stop the deployment of troops, who are suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma. By signing our pledge, you agree to do what you can to help defend the rights of soldiers like Jeff to heal, and to hold accountable those who are responsible for deploying traumatized troops. As the Operation Recovery campaign unfolds, we will be calling on you to help in a variety of ways, including: * Spreading the word about this campaign to your friends, co-workers, and family; * Writing letters-to-the-editor of your local paper about the issues affecting troops who suffer from military trauma; * Helping identify those responsible for deploying traumatized troops in your local area; * Contacting your representatives about the plight of traumatized troops.

These wars can only continue through the re-use of previously deployed and traumatized troops. Help us put this practice to an end.

In May, Operation Recovery is deploying a team of organizers to gritty, sun-baked Fort Hood, Texas - the largest and most deployed military installation in the United States. There we will lay the groundwork for a fight to win service members' rights to heal. Our organizing team will work for several months to outreach to soldiers, build our case against the military's egregious practices, conduct town hall meetings, and pressure Fort Hood's new General to do the right thing. Winning our rights at Fort Hood is the first step in winning our rights across the country. If we succeed, we can seriously challenge the military's ability to continue the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Last weekend Lt. General Don Campbell, Jr. took command of the Army's III Corps and Fort Hood. On General Campbell's first week at work, IVAW's Operation Recovery campaign wants to put the issue of traumatized troops at the top of his agenda. We've sent him a letter about the epidemic of soldiers suffering from un-treated military trauma at Fort Hood and have requested a meeting to discuss the issue and our ideas for solutions.

Civilian-Soldier Alliance
Our Goals and Vision

- We believe that organizing resistance within the military is a strategy that can directly end war and occupation. Military support is one of the major pillars holding up war: when service members withdraw their labor from a war that depends on their consent, they become a powerful force for change.

- We use a transformational organizing model which includes winning short-term gains through issue based campaigns. However, the long-term focus is on the transformation of individuals and society through empowerment and an understanding of our common humanity and human rights based values.

- We aim to support the leadership of people most affected by war and occupation and build movements where healing and personal growth are central components of organizing.

- We believe that networks of ally support are important components of organizing within the military and veteran communities, and we hope that by building strong civilian networks, we can ensure that war resisters and veterans do not have to go it alone.




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