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Veterans and Activists of "Operation Recovery" Speak on Military Trauma
SAN FRANCISCO, 4/26/12 -- Many military members and veterans suffer from Military Sexual Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and/or Traumatic Brain Injury. The military sends them back into battle despite their wounds, and Operation Recovery is organizing to stop this. Video highlights: 19:41; complete audio: 1:44:39
When soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan the military medical system gives inadequate care, pushes improper diagnoses, and forces thousands of service members to leave the military with no care or benefits by pursuing punitive discharges for troops who really need medical and mental health care.
Fort Hood. Texas, the Army’s largest base has been hit especially hard with trauma. Regular and repeated deployments over the past 10 years have left soldiers there particularly vulnerable to traumatic injuries leading Fort Hood to have the highest suicide rate (22) by far over any other military instillation.
Veteran Organizers who have worked with active duty troops at Fort Hood as well as former Fort Hood soldiers will embark on the Right to Heal Tour, sharing the stories of the work happening at Fort Hood and our upcoming Summer Outreach Drive. Operation Recovery organizers will be out at Fort Hood all summer long meeting active duty troops, collecting testimonies, and building power to take on Fort Hood’s General Campbell and stop the violation of service members right to heal.