Operation Recovery Announces First Target
In the fight for service members right to heal IVAW members built a guard tower out side the East Gate of Ft. Hood to put Gen. Donald Campbell Jr. on watch. Read and share the local Ft. Hood papers account of the target announcement.
IVAW launched Operation Recovery, a campaign to stop the deployment of traumatized troops, nine months ago on October 7th 2010 the nine year anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. The campaign began with a march from Walter Reed Medical Center to Capital Hill where members of the Senate Arms Service Committee where put on "notice" that the individuals responsible for deploying traumatized troops will be held accountable. Since that time IVAW has researched these issues at military bases across the country. From Ft. Lewis to Ft. Campbell we have filed Freedom of Information Acts for documentation on the deployment of traumatized troops. We have been on the ground researching and fighting for service members right to heal.
Through out this work it has been clear that Ft. Hood stands out as the worst abuser of service members right to heal. Operation Recovery has deployed to Ft. Hood to hold III Corps and Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Campbell accountable for every Ft. Hood soldier that commits suicide, is sexual assaulted, or deployed with MST, PTSD, or TBI. Get the facts.
After requesting to meet with Gen. Campbell for over a month through certified mail and through email (to including the hundreds of emails members and supporters have sent to bring attention to our request) we were ignored. Wednesday in our attempt to not be ignored the Operation Recovery Team went to Third Corps office to meet with Gen. Campbell and deliver our demands to respect service members right to heal. We were ignored again by the General and forced to deliver our letter to an aid. Read more about the teams attempt to meet with Gen. Campbell here.
Thursday in response to his continued neglect to take the issues of service members rights seriously Operation Recovery announced Gen. Campbell as the first target of Operation Recovery. Read and share the local Ft. Hood papers account of the target announcement.