Rights and Discharge Counseling for Service Members
San Diego Military
Counseling Project

4246 Wightman
San Diego, CA 92105
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The SDMCP is an organization of vets and other people; we work with active duty folks and their families who are having problems within the Military. We can provide you with information, experience, and support that will enable you to know what civil rights you still have, even while in the Military. We can also help people apply for discharges based on Conscientious Objection, Hardship and Dependency or others. If you need an Attorney, Doctor or Clergy not affiliated with the Military we can refer you to one. We are not, in any way, connected with the Military.


SDMCP is very concerned that the military doesn't treat those with PTSD with respect and often fails to provide treatment or benefits that service members deserve and need. We are available to speak with you about your concerns regarding command response to PTSD, regulations regarding mental health services, as well as offering referrals for your legal or mental health needs. If you are seeking discharge, support services, or need more information about dealing with PTSD, give us a call.

For further information on PTSD, click here.

An Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq

Many active duty, reserve, and guard service members are concerned about the war in Iraq and support the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The Appeal for Redress provides a way in which individual service members can appeal to their Congressional Representative and US Senators to urge an end to the U.S. military occupation. The Appeal messages will be delivered to members of Congress at the time of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2007.

The wording of the Appeal for Redress is short and simple. It is patriotic and respectful in tone.

As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.

To sign this petition, click on

Thousands of troops say they won’t fight

By Ana Radelat
Gannett News Service

Swept up by a wave of patriotism after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Chris Magaoay joined the Marine Corps in November 2004.

The newly married Magaoay thought a military career would allow him to continue his college education, help his country and set his life on the right path.

Less than two years later, Magaoay became one of thousands of military deserters who have chosen a lifetime of exile or possible court-martial rather than fight in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“It wasn’t something I did on the spur of the moment,” said Magaoay, a native of Maui, Hawaii. “It took me a long time to realize what was going on. The war is illegal.”

Magaoay said his disillusionment with the military began in boot camp in Twentynine Palms, Calif., where a superior officer joked about killing and mistreating Iraqis. When his unit was deployed to Iraq in March, Magaoay and his wife drove to Canada, joining a small group of deserters who are trying to win permission from the Canadian government to stay.


What is Conscientious Objection?

Military regulations allow for discharge or transfer to non-combatant status for people who object to participate to war in any form. This is referred to as conscientious objection (CO).

There are several constraints for CO's. You must object to war on moral or religious grounds.You have to be against all war. You have to be sincere. This may sound simple enough, but deciding whether or not you are a CO and applying for CO status can be very hard...

The following guide is available to help you.

Read the guide Advice for Conscientious objectors on-line.

Read the guide Advice for Conscientious Objectors in pdf.

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To find out more about how to get involved, please email to or call (619) 280-3586. 
SDMCP has been awarded several grants to cover our expenses.  We would like to recognize the following foundation for their generous support. 
Agape Foundation,  Agape (pronounced “ a ga pe ”)  is a Greek word meaning “unselfish love of one person for another
AJ Muste Foundation,  “There is no way to peace — peace is the way”
Foundation for Change   
Resist, Inc, A Call To Resist Illegitimate Authority   

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Useful Links
G.I. Rights

The GI Rights Hotline

Seattle Draft and Military Counseling Center

The Minerva Center, Inc.

Military Law Task Force

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

Courage to Resist

Peace and Justice

San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice

United for Peace and Justice

Military Families Speak Out

Veterans for Peace

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Alternative War News Websites

Traveling Soldier

Citizen Soldier

Alternative Media

San Diego Indymedia

radioActive sanDiego

Democracy Now!

Occupation Watch

Truth Out

Al Ahram

Asia Times

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