Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan

Once Again, Our Country Needs Winter Soldiers

War crimes "encouraged?"

WATERTOWN, NY - "I was messed up in the head. It was okay for me. I laughed afterwards. We all did. It's just the way things go."

But Turner says it wasn't his choice to be encouraged to do it from higher ranking officers. He and three other veterans speaking out Saturday at the Different Drummer Cafe in Watertown said committing war crimes is not only the way things go, but it's unofficial policy.

You can read the rest at above link, along with catching the News 10 Video there as well.

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan
IVAW - Iraq Veterans Against The War - Winter Soldiers

Winter Soldiers, according to founding father Thomas Paine, are those who stand up for the soul of their country, even in its darkest hours.

A group of Iraq war veterans are planning a gathering in Washington D.C. in March to talk about war crimes they've seen or committed during their tours of duty.

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Also, an Important 'Shout Out' for Action from Military Spouses For Change

Please contact both of your Senators regarding S38.
Veterans' Mental Health Outreach and Access Act of 2007
Ask them to co-sponsor this bill. At this time, it has 13 co-sponsors.

S38 - 'A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a program for the provision of readjustment and mental health services to veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and for other purposes.'

About This Legislation:

5/23/2007--Introduced.
Veterans' Mental Health Outreach and Access Act of 2007 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a program to provide to veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, particularly veterans who served in such Operations while in the National Guard and reserves: (1) peer outreach and support services; (2) readjustment counseling and related services; and (3) mental health services. Directs the Secretary to also provide to immediate family members of such veterans, during the three-year period following the return of the veterans from such a deployment, education, support, counseling, and mental health services to assist in: (1) readjustment to civilian life; (2) recovery from an injury or illness incurred during such deployment; and (3) readjustment of the family following the veteran's return.
Authorizes the Secretary to contract with community health centers and other qualified entities to provide such services in areas not adequately served by health care facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Requires the Secretary to: (1) contract for a program to train veterans to provide the peer outreach and support services; and (2) conduct a training program for clinicians of community health centers and entities contracted to provide such services.
Extends the eligibility for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations from two to five years after their discharge or release from such duty.

Congressional Legislation S38

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In the DC Area, an interested, may want to Contact IVAW and do a Live Report On This, or a Good Writeup after, or Both!

I was contacted but One, I don't have a laptop, and Two, I'll probably be in Fayeteville NC for that action on the ongoing anniversaries of the War!!

Oh plus I'm not a reporter and have enough trouble typing with my one complete hand, never could type before neither;c}

If they were sent to fight, they are too few. If they were sent to die, they are too many!

Is 'Funding' Really For Troops?

What Happened To Funding and Oversite For Military/Veteran Care In Previous Congresses?

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

I as always struck by the reconciliation meetings in South Africa in which people took responsibility for their participation in the crimes that occurred during apartheid as part of healing the country's wounds and moving forward. This initiative seems to me similar, in that soldiers are coming forward to discuss their participation in criminal acts SANCTIONED BY THE US GOVERNMENT AND TOP MILITARY AUTHORITIES.

carol

The 'World' needs to see and hear these Especially From This Country, from 'Nam to Now, we are Supposed to be a Nation of Laws and Morals, though many know we're not, and while Not Stopping the Blowback we Minimize it at least, and it opens the door for People to Talk to People who are Quickly becoming our enemies because of the Hatreds we've caused!!

This 'Winter Soldier Testimony' will not only cover what some saw or might have done, it's supposed to be covering a number of issues, so I understand. And from one of those putting it together he says the Response Has Been Overwelming!!

History is Again at Our Doorsteps, and many won't like it, But It's Truth To Power!!!

If they were sent to fight, they are too few. If they were sent to die, they are too many!

Is 'Funding' Really For Troops?

What Happened To Funding and Oversite For Military/Veteran Care In Previous Congresses?

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."