Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’
Join us on Memorial Day as we celebrate Kyle Wesolowski’s release from the army as a Conscientious Objector!
Meet the organizers of Operation Recovery.
Monday, May 30th, starting at 2:00 p.m.
Under the Hood Cafe & Outreach Center,
17 College Street, Killeen Texas
A $10 suggested donation is requested to cover the cost of food, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. GIs are welcome to join us free of charge.
All are invited to Under the Hood to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Also, visit with IVAW field organizers who have arrived for several months of work doing outreach to Fort Hood soldiers as part of Operation Recovery.
For more on Operation Recovery action at Fort Hood, see http://txlaboragainstwar.org/2011/05/27/killeen-ivaw-operation-recovery-action-at-ft-hood/
May is a busy month at Under the Hood. Iraq Veterans Against the War headed to UTH this month, as part of its Operation Recovery Campaign, in its continued effort to stop the deployment of troops suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma . IVAW has requested a meeting with General Don Campbell. Read IVAW’s letter to General Campbell here. IVAW has not yet received a response, but their efforts to reach the General is only the beginning of the work they plan to do while in Fort Hood. IVAW’s organizing team will work for several months to outreach to soldiers, build their case against the military’s egregious practices, conduct town hall meetings, and pressure Fort Hood’s new General to do the right thing
At Under the Hood, Memorial Day 2010 was a day to remember two friends who were mainstays of the Texas peace community. Nick Travis III, 55, passed away suddenly early Monday morning, May 24, in Austin. Lisa Morris, 28, passed away unexpectedly the next day in Copperas Cove. Nick, a long-time peace activist, was known to show up at Under the Hood with his guitar and infectious smile. People couldn’t help but be a little happier with Nick around. Lisa, a regular at Under the Hood, always made sure to stand in protest with fellow soldiers, veterans and family members at the gates of Fort Hood. She leaves behind many friends. Both will be missed dearly. Our work continues on in their memory.
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We would like to thank our most recent UtH supporters. A special thanks to our newest sustaining donors.We now have 16 sustaining donors toward our goal of 200! We also want to thank Lee & Hardy Loe and Sue & Walter Long for their generosity. Because of these two families, we had two very successful fundraisers in Houston and Austin in May. We are also very grateful for a $1,000 grant from the Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia in Seattle, Washington.
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Under the Hood has had a steady stream of soldiers reaching out to us for support. For the first time, however, a group of military spouses recently contacted Under the Hood for assistance. As the U.S. heads into its tenth year of combat in Afghanistan and continued combat missions in Iraq, the number of soldiers facing multiple redeployments and resulting physical and mental health problems is reaching unprecedented levels. Soldiers and families are increasingly finding that the Army is doing little to address these and other health issues soldiers face. In fact, right here in Fort Hood, the Army is violating its own regulations by training soldiers for deployment despite their non-deployable status.
I deeply apologize to the Vietnamese people for having been part of the U.S. military assault on their country in 1967-68. One cannot be a hero and a war criminal at the same time. I joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War as soon as I could. There was a hero in the War against Vietnam, Warrant Officer
Hugh Thompson. Thompson was a helicopter pilot who confronted William Calley and saved over one hundred Vietnamese from the massacre at My Lai (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Thompson,_Jr.). His door gunners pointed their machine guns at U.S. soldiers so that Thompson would have cover for saving more Vietnamese civilians. The wars against Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are equally as criminal as the war against Vietnam was. War is big business, the Military-Industrial Complex. As president Eisenhower warned us it would the Military-Industrial Complex is now in charge of our foreign policy. President Obama made William Lynn, a chief lobbyist for the Raytheon Corporation ( makes the guidance systems for the Cruise and Predator missiles) a deputy secretary of the Pentagon. Now the federal government is paying Raytheon’s lobbyist. This is not what Joseph Campbell had in mind. As Plato pointed out, being courageous is meaningless if the purpose of the action is not just.
On May 31, 2010, at 10:09 AM, Kirk Watson wrote:
Happy Memorial Day
May 31, 2010
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
— Joseph Campbell
For all of the heroes we’ve lost, and to all of the heroes who are still with us . .
We remember. And, say thanks.
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