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Fwd: Fw: tonight Iraq vets share art, stories, in "Right to Heal" tour

From: dgreer
Sent on: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:01 PM
Hello Progressives and/or Atheists,

Sorry for the short notice on this, but I believe Progressives (Theists and Atheists) should be aware of the Peace activities in and around Kansas City.  Tomorrow night's event described below is an example of one of those events.

Let me know if you'd like to hear about more of them.

Doug Greer

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From: Jane Stoever
Date: Wed, May 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Subject: Fw: tonight Iraq vets share art, stories, in "Right to Heal" tour

Dear Occupy Friends,
FYI, thought you'd like to see this short news release on tonight's gathering. Jane

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.


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