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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mentally injured troops used to murder children and women daily

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  • September 24th, 2010 4:30 pm ET
Redeploying injured troops sustains US war crimes including murdering children and women daily.
Photo: Iraq Veterans Against War
Soldiers' Right to Heal violation sustains US war crimes
The US continues its illegal and immoral wars, murdering innocent children, women and innocent men daily, by redeploying soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Military Sexual Trauma. Veterans view this as cruel, inhumane, and dangerous and know that without repeated use of traumatized soldiers on the battlefield, the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations could not continue.  By winning troops Right to Heal, Iraq Veterans Against the War believes Americans can end the war and war crimes committed daily in their names.
On October 7, the 9th anniversary of the Afghanistan invasion, Iraq Veterans Against the War will announce its strategic campaign, Operation Recovery: Stop the Deployment of Traumatized Troops.
IVAW members plan to assemble at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to conduct outreach to soldiers there, affirming their Right to Heal. After that, they will begin a 6-mile symbolic march from Walter Reed to Capital Hill.
"With each step of this march we will bring the traumas of war from the failing military health institutions into plain view of generals and lawmakers," reports IVAW.
"When we arrive at the Capital we will hold a press conference to announce our new National Campaign, Operation Recovery. Ethan McCord and others will give testimony to their experiences of being denied health services and being retained in a traumatic environment or redeployed with ongoing health issues."
Mark Thompson in his article, Invisible Wounds: Mental Health and the Military in TIME Magazine reported on Ethan McCord:
"US Army specialist Ethan McCord was one of the first on the scene when a group of suspected insurgents was blown up on a Baghdad street in 2007, hit by 30-mm bursts from an Apache Helicopter. 'The top of one guy's head was completely off,' he recalls. 'Another guy was ripped open from groin to neck. A third had lost a leg... Their insides were out and exposed. I'd never seen anything like this before.' Then McCord heard a child crying from a black minivan caught in the barrage. Inside, he found a frightened and wounded girl, perhaps 4. Next to her was a boy of 7 or so, soaked in blood. Their father, McCord says, was slumped over on his side, like he was trying to protect the children, but he was just destroyed. McCord couldn't look away from the kids. 'I started seeing images of my own two children back home in Kansas.'
IVAW states that after that tragic incident, McCord sought help but was denied. Instead he was abused.
'Get the sand out of your vagina'
Mr. Thompson continues, That night, he told his staff sergeant he needed help. 'Get the sand out of your vagina,' McCord says his sergeant responded. 'He told me I was being a homo and needed to suck it up.'
That was a violation of McCord's Right to Heal: the right that he and other IVAW members are fighting for.
Bravo Company 216's soldier, Ethan McCord was seen pulling wounded children out of the van in the 'leaked video,' Collateral Damage. He stated at the recent Veterans For Peace 25th National Convention that what he saw the US doing in Iraq is "reminiscent of ethnic cleansing." (See McCord's interview in the article by Dupre, D. US ethnic cleansing Iraq due to 911 psyop: Salute to soldier seen in Wikileaks video, Examiner, Sept 12, 2010)
McCord stated at the Convention that the US is committing war crimes by saying, "What that video shows is not special in any way because it shows a daily occurence in Iraq.  We’re killing innocent people daily in Iraq. Killing children daily. Women daily."
On October 7th, McCord will be take his testimony to DC with other Veterans and GIs to announce Operation Recovery: A Campaign to Stop the Deployment of Traumatized Troops according to IVAW.
"We will then walk to the offices of each member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to deliver a Notice that the sector responsible for the deployment of traumatized Troops is now on watch and that we are going to find out who is responsible for this inhumane practice and stop them."
IVAW reports:
"The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are continuing through the use of exhausted troops who have been on multiple tours of duty and suffer deeply from the trauma of war.  It is cruel and inhumane to deploy soldiers who are medically unfit for combat. In a 2008 TIME article America's Medicated Army,Thompson writes, 'Data contained in the Army's fifth Mental Health Advisory Team report indicated that, according to an anonymous survey of US troops taken last fall, 12% of combat troops in Iraq and 17% of those in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills to help them cope.' By winning our Right to Heal we will be withdrawing this 12 to 17 percent from the fighting force, crippling the military's ability to continue the occupations."
In the coming weeks, the Examiner human rights national news reporter will be joining IVAW in calling on the Examiner  human rights readers and others across the nation to help identify those responsible for deploying traumatized troops in your local area.
Join IVAW's campaign now by making a Pledge of Support.
Deborah Dupré, with post-graduate science and education degrees from U.S. and Australian universities, has been a human and environmental rights advocate for over 25 years in the U.S., Vanuatu and Australia. Support her work by subscribing to her articles and forwarding the link of this article to friends and colleagues or reposting only the title and first paragraph linked to this Examiner page. Dupré welcomes emails: See her Vaccine Liberty or Death book plus Compassion Film Project DVDs.


  1. Damaged goods. Soldier brings the killing home.

  2. And it is from these damaged ranks they are hiring our new and improved police forces.