November 18, 2007

Winter Soldiers Will Defend Democracy

What kind of a society do we have when the people sent to "defend our liberty" are treated like criminals back home? It's the citizens who don't believe in an imperial America who know that war doesn't end on the battlefield or with the signing of treaties. Demand to know from the presidential candidates how they plan to help OUR RETURNING TROOPS when the war ends. DU, PTSD, suicide and traumatic, lifelong injuries will be the legacy of BushCo's disaster.
AWOL Soldier Seeking Treatment Arrested
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, November 14, 2007
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A soldier who served two combat tours in Iraq was arrested Wednesday for leaving the Army without permission more than a year ago to seek treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.
At a news conference hours before his arrest, Sgt. Brad Gaskins said he left the base in August 2006 because the Army wasn't providing effective treatment after he was diagnosed with PTSD and severe depression.
An eight-year Army veteran, Gaskins served two tours in Iraq and a peacekeeping tour in Kosovo. He said his mental health began deteriorating during his second tour in Iraq, which began in June 2005, when his job was to conduct road searches and locate improvised explosive devices.

Statement of Support
On the weekend of 13-15 March, 2008 Iraq Veterans Against the War will assemble history's largest gathering of US veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan , as well as Iraqi and Afghan survivors. They will testify to their first hand experiences and reveal the truth of occupation.
Once again, our country needs Winter Soldiers.
In March of 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War will gather in our nation's capital to break the silence and hold our leaders accountable for these wars. We hope you'll join us, because yours is a story that every American needs to hear.
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