From Veterans and GIs Organizing at Fort Hood by Siri Margerin:
Fort Hood, Texas — The buses are heading to the airport again. They are carrying members of the First Cavalry Division off to the start of a new deployment in either Iraq or Afghanistan, making it their 4th deployment since 2003. For many of the individual soldiers, this makes their 3rd or 4th deployment or more in the War on Terror.
As the buses roll by, a small cluster of veterans and active duty service members stand outside, passing out information and starting conversations with passersby. These folks are part of a new stage in Iraq Veterans Against the War's Operation Recovery campaign and have come to Ft. Hood to do outreach with soldiers on base.
"This kind of outreach is the hardest thing to do," one of the IVAW members said, "It's really difficult to ask these loaded questions of strangers. But, it's exciting too! This is where we build real empowerment and change... Read More