PeaceWorks, Kansas City
4509 Walnut, KC, MO 64111
For immediate release, May 23, 2012
Contact: David Quinly, [masked]
Tonight Iraq Vets Share Art, Reflections
on Their Right to Heal from Effects of War and Redeployment
Iraq Veterans Against the War will make a stop in KC tonight as part of their national tour, “The Right to Heal.” To hear Iraq veteran Aaron Hughes, an organizer of the tour, and see some 30 posters of Iraq vets’ artwork, come to St. Mark’s Hope and Peace Church at 38th (Mannheim) and Troost in KC, Mo., from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hughes will share his experiences in the military and discuss the military's mental health crises and the related suicide epidemic.
“Large portions of our military members and veterans are suffering from military sexual trauma (MST), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), yet their right to heal is being violated on a mass scale,” says Hughes. “Traumatized service members have been forced to deploy against the best interest of their health and well-being throughout the Global War on Terror. Now, with the return of troops from Iraq, the military is trying to skirt its responsibilities to care for service members. Military leaders and service providers are giving inadequate care, pushing improper diagnoses, and forcing 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.”
Local supporters of this KC presentation, led by David Quinly, include American Friends Service Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility, KC Peace Planters coalition, Occupy KC, and PeaceWorks, Kansas City.