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Enlisted Personnel and VeteransAs United States foreign policy increasingly conflicts with the ethical and moral frameworks of its population, enlisted personnel in the military forces find themselves in personal conflicts with their service to the country. The divide between stated military ethical codes and the reality of training indoctrination and armed conflict situations is causing more psychological than physical injuries as PTSD is on the increase and suicide in the military now exceeds battlefield casualty statistics.

More enlisted personnel in the military are starting to speak out against what they feel are unjust wars that their country is involved in as they experience first hand the atrocities of U.S. military adventures in many theaters of conflict in the world. Some who have participated in what they now see as war crimes and civilian atrocities have used their voices to campaign against the recruitment of youth as they speak in school gatherings about the realities of war.

Many veterans have organized into groups opposing U.S. foreign policy and wars over the years  including those most famous such as Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Iraqi Veterans Against the War, Afghanistan Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace. These groups have been active in seeking redress with their government and the American People on such issues as veteran disabilities, military recruitment, and government policies.

If you are an enlisted person that seeks to find information on how to leave your service due to illness, or a conscience objection claim or are a veteran that seeks union with like minded veterans opposed to U.S. foreign policy, check with these groups for guidance. You will find more resources to inform and to guide your quest below.

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    Hollywood Warfare: How the Pentagon Censors the Movies

    On the Dark Side in Al Doura - A Soldier in the Shadows

    On the Dark Side in Al Doura - A Soldier in the Shadows
    WARNING: Graphic and disturbing photos between 38:47 and 40:00. U.S. Army Ranger John Needham, who was awarded two purple hearts and three medals for heroism, wrote to military authorities in 2007 reporting war crimes that he witnessed being committed...

    Nnomy Peace This film (http://vimeo.com/33755968) presents by far the most articulate of the various cases I have heard about concerning the supposed "rules of engagement" out of Iraq or Afghanistan and the way commanders can override medical declarations to order heavily damaged soldiers back into combat. But it is by no means unique in its depiction of our throw-away enlisted soldiers (where today only about 25% of whom are "allowed" to enlist - i.e., the cream of the crop to be used and discarded). The only "unique" part of this narration is that John's father was a willing and apparently quite able advocate to step in to speak up for his damaged son, which commanding officers DO NOT want to see... very few suffering the same kind of treatment that John suffered have such an advocate.

    War-fueled atrocities have occurred as far back as there are any written records and many individuals of our armed forces have been literally forced to engage in them. Those that object to these actions are destined to either suffer the same type of suicide assignment that John and the Lt. were assigned, or potentially not return from an engagement because of (baring all else) "friendly fire."

    Although the DD Form 4 (the Contract that every enlistee has to sign) has been weakened in this regard in the last version, there is still a provision "As a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, I will be: (1) Required to obey all lawful orders..." The problem is that, in practice, the term "lawful" becomes subverted to the shifting "rules of engagement," which are supposed to appropriately reflect what is "lawful," but...

    In talking with a local psychologist, who claimed to be able to treat veteran PTSD, I mentioned this aspect of that problem and her eyes simply grew quite wide... it was obvious she hadn't considered this psychological condition, or that those suffering from this form of PTSD couldn't really relate to someone that hadn't experienced such an aspect of the war environment.

    As the Vietnam-era song goes, "When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?" - Don Chapin

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