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