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 www.appealforredress.org
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
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
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.
reprinted from CCCO
To find out more about how to get involved,
please email to email@example.com
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
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”
Resist, Inc, A Call
To Resist Illegitimate Authority