The Right To Heal – And Not Suffer In the First Place

by
Abby Zimet

To mark the ninth anniversary of the carnage in Afghanistan, Iraq and
Afghanistan Veterans Against the War will march in Washington on Oct. 7
to launch the first veteran-led campaign,
Operation Recovery, aimed at stopping the deployment of soldiers
traumatized by multiple tours of duty. They cite soaring and too-often untreated vets' rates of
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, along with violent crimes and suicides, as the
unacceptable cost of an endless, pointless war.

"I
was denied treatment for the mental and physical wounds I sustained in
battle, like so many others," says Ethan McCord, a veteran whose unit
was filmed in Wikileaks' "Collateral Murder" video.
"IVAW's campaign is critical for soldiers because we are asserting our
right to heal."

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