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     Apr 15, '14


US veterans promote 'right to heal'
By Phyllis Bennis

The recent shootings of soldiers at Fort Hood and other US military bases have once again brought to public attention the challenge of making sure that soldiers returning from war zones


find security and support at home. The Washington Post calls the pressures on veterans "the next war". But whatever war comes next, those existing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their consequences continue.

The exploding rates of suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the escalating numbers of soldiers turning their weapons on each other as well as themselves, and the endemic spread of post-traumatic stress disorder all are linked to the wars themselves. Wars of aggression and occupation have an enormous, terrible effect on the young women and men ordered to fight them.

And that's just on the US military side. We also have a moral and legal responsibility to respond to the wars' even more devastating impact on millions of Afghans and Iraqis.

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Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

(Posted with permission of Foreign Policy in Focus)








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