Thomas F. Barton
GI SPECIAL 7E17:
[Thanks to Mark Shapiro, Military Project, who sent this in.]
“Almost Every Soldier I Know Is Disillusioned With These Wars”
“These Wars Will Continue Until Soldiers Refuse To Fight Them”
“Fort Hood Is The Largest American Military Installation In The World”
“If The GI Resistance Movement Takes Off Here, It Is Just A Matter Of Time Before Other Military Communities Follow”
Please Attend The March For Peace On Monday, May 25, In Killeen
[Thanks to Ward Reilly, Veterans for Peace, who sent this in. He writes: >From Victor Agosto’s Facebook page. (full permission to reproduce) Peace from Ward]
By [SPC] Victor Agosto, Afghanistan War Resister
Please attend the March for Peace on Monday, May 25, in Killeen [Texas, home of Fort Hood]. Many of you have asked me, “how can I support you?” Well, this is how.
Not only will you support me, you will show your solidarity with soldiers who are considering resistance.
I guarantee that your participation in this event will have a stronger impact than participation at any anti-war rally in Austin.
You will certainly not be “preaching to the choir” here in Killeen.
I think it is safe to say that most soldiers have never even seen a protest in their entire lives.
Many soldiers think anti-war protesters are people who hate the troops and call them “baby killers.”
Let’s show the troops our concern for their voices and their rights and let us come together to demonstrate peace and compassion.
These wars will continue until soldiers refuse to fight them.
Almost every soldier I know is disillusioned with these wars.
Most of them are opposed to the war in Iraq, and many are opposed to the war in Afghanistan.
Some consider resisting but do not because they are not aware of a large community ready to support them. It will only take a few bold actions to spur the GI anti-war movement.
Fort Hood is the largest American military installation in the world. If the GI resistance movement takes off here, it is just a matter of time before other military communities follow.
I have learned from personal experience, nothing is as powerful or inspirational as hearing the cries of “They’re our brothers, they’re our sisters, WE SUPPORT WAR RESISTERS!”
These chants are heard in the progressive communities of Austin and even in Fort Worth, though not a single soldier stationed at Fort Hood has heard it in Killeen.
Veterans, your participation is vital to the success of this event.
You know better than anyone that Killeen needs to see a big anti-war demonstration.
I hope to see you and the entire peace community there.
Power to the People,
“The Support I Have Received From My Family At Under The Hood Has Helped Me Take The Liberating Leap From Obedient Soldier To War Resister”
“I Have Spent Countless Hours Discussing And Thinking About Ways To End These Wars”
[Thanks to Ward Reilly, Veterans For Peace, who sent this in.]
Friends and Supporters:
As you all know, Under the Hood Café does not run by itself. Now, more than ever, funds are needed to keep things moving smoothly and to encourage development.
Under the Hood provides a refuge and a voice for soldiers in need. Soldiers have access to a network of mental health providers who are Tricare approved as well as pro bono. In addition, recently Under the Hood has secured a local lawyer willing to provide free advice as well as some pro bono services.
This is only the beginning. With events, support groups, and meetings, and new soldiers arriving daily, we have the opportunity to build this community and continue giving a voice to those in need.
We cannot do this alone. Though we know that times are difficult financially for everyone, we ask that you open your hearts and your pocketbooks. If we obtain five dollars from 8400 people, we will be able to keep our doors open for another year. With an additional two dollars, we can secure the house next door and provide additional services for our soldiers and veterans. We are engaged in endless fighting and those returning home are broken. Please allow us to continue our mission in aiding the soldiers, veterans, and families who need us most. We cannot survive without your support.
The following are two testimonials written by Under the Hood patrons, both active duty soldiers, and endless supporters.
They speak for themselves: