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Operation Recovery

Operation Recovery is a program to stop the redeployment of wounded and traumatized combat troops.  The occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq continue through the use of exhausted troops who have been on multiple deployments and who suffer deeply from the trauma of war.  These service men and women and veterans are being denied their right to heal.

The Facts  :

* Suicide rates among active duty troops are twice as high as that of the civilian population and veterans with PTSD are 6 times more likely to attempt suicide.

* From 2001 to 2009 the military suicide rate increased 150%.

* 20% to 50% of all service members deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

* One-Third of all women in the military are sexually assaulted.

* 2670 service members reported sexual assault in FY 2009.

* One in Three soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq report that they can’t see a mental health professional when they need to.

* Nearly 20% of all service members are taking some sort of psychiatric drug.  Among service members currently in combat, 12% in Iraq and 17% in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants of sleeping medications.  Despite this, the military claims to have no way of tracking prescription drug use in combat.

* The Department of Defense cannot establish whether service members are mentally fit to deploy or to ensure that it can accurately assess mental health conditions of the troops when they return.  Even when a service member is deemed ineligible for deployment by a military mental professional, a commanding officer can force the service member to deploy while suffering from severe trauma.  The three Army posts that most often redeploy troops suffering from these trauma are, Ft. Drum NY, Ft. Hood Texas and Fort Carson Colorado.

Operation Recovery is a primary program of the Iraqi Veterans Against the War.  It is supported by Colorado chapters  of Veterans For Peace and will be a major project of COS Veterans for Peace.  For more information, click on this link,     http://ivaw.org/operation-recovery/    and visit the Operation Recovery website.

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