Sunday, December 28, 2008

Military deaths in Afghanistan

FACTBOX: Military deaths in Afghanistan; 12/28/08 Reuters
United States 629
Other nations 416
TOTAL: 1,045

Monday, October 27, 2008

one in six veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from PTSD

BELLMORE, New York (CNN) -- Walking through a crowded shopping mall can bring back memories of war. The shifting crowds, the jostle of passers-by and the din can all trigger Army Sgt. Kristofer Goldsmith's post-traumatic stress disorder. . .. . . get flashes of rage, which goes hand in hand with alcoholism I've been fighting since I got back from Iraq," Goldsmith said. Dr Gupta: Watch more on Kris Goldsmith's war experience »
As more troops return from the battlefield, the U.S. military faces a burgeoning dilemma of diagnosing and treating PTSD.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

In early April I received a tracing of my brother's name from the Viet-Nam veteran's memorial. As I once again grieved his loss, I wrote the following poem. I also decided I would find a way to take a public stand against the Iraq war, which is a war of choice by this country. I knew I could find others to stand with me. I am very grateful for those who stand with me every Saturday, and I invite any and all who share our mission and values to join with us.

My Brother
Your name traces easy
across the smooth, black granite,
Kurt C. Hussmann.
No easier though than
your warm blood seeping into
Asian soil that long ago
November day.
"Fix me up, doc", you said
and nothing more
before you died
at 21,
rather young
to go so far away.
Two designated messengers of death
came calling on our mother.
Surely to God,
they have the wrong address
she reasoned, the wrong boy.
Her son was not
for cannonfodder,
O bitter, bitter
words of truth.
I touch the Wall.
Then recall
how many games of ball
we played,
wrestling, hugging
the way boys do,
living how we lived
before you up and went to war.
It's been 40 years
Little Man, since mom called
and told me you were gone.
I go for years myself
as if it's all O.K.
Then out of the blue
My Brother,
I go to missing you.
Rex Hussmann
April 2, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Come Stand with Us

Come Stand with Us
When: Every Saturday at 11:00 AM – Noon
If you cannot stand for the full hour, please feel free to leave silently.
Where: Carnegie Library Building, front sidewalk 607 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161
Dress: We suggest that you wear black clothes; however, this is optional as we do not want clothing to become a barrier to participation.
Signs: The City of Rome’s guidelines are: (1) Signs cannot be larger than 36 inches wide. (2) Signs cannot be on metal poles or wooden sticks. (3) Wording on signs cannot make personal attacks or political party statements. (4) No one under 16 can participate.


WE STAND as a group of citizens who believe in the pursuit of peace.
WE STAND against the use of war to resolve social conflict or to solve national problems.
WE STAND for the use of diplomacy to settle national and global differences.
WE STAND with our military troops and their families who have sacrificed so much in the service of our country.
WE STAND in a silent, non-violent vigil for peace on a weekly basis.
We Stand for Peace
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sexual assault and other forms of violence against women are on the rise in Iraq

Rights Group Lashes U.S. on Status of Iraq Women
Run Date: 03/06/07 By Allison StevensWashington Bureau Chief
The international rights group Madre chastises the Bush administration for supporting Islamist groups and allowing an erosion of women's rights in Iraq. Rape allegations directed at Iraqi forces are focusing the debate on U.S. involvement in Iraq. . . Sexual assault and other forms of violence against women, topics surrounded by cultural silence, are on the rise in Iraq
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