Thursday, March 24, 2005

VIGIL TO SHED LIGHT ON THE WOUNDED SOLDIERS TAKEN TO WALTER REED LATE AT NIGHT

CODEPINK wants to shed light on the plight of severely wounded soldiers. While the GWB administration acts desperately to draw soldiers from wherever they can, including spewing propaganda to the parents of potential soldiers(see previous post)--SACRIFICE YOUR CHILDREN FOR OIL COMPANIES---that same administration hides from parents and their children the true costs of war. That cost is their children's lives, their limbs, their minds. The GWB administration will state that they are trying to protect the soldiers privacy by secreting them to Walter Reed after 10pm.. It is hard to believe that. The GWB's know the power of pictures. They know how those "pictures" affected the Vietnam War. And they DO NOT want those types of pictures published.
Join CODEPINK for a light shining vigil. Expose the true costs of WAR. DO we need three pictures to end this unjust war? Pl. sign the petition in the post below.
In my inbox.....
March 24, 2005
Dear Medbh, Please Distribute Widely:
SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR
Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate)7200 Georgia Ave., at Elder St., NWFri. March 25 – Fri. April 1, 2005, 9–11 p.m.
CODEPINK: Women for Peace announces a one-week night vigil at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, designed to draw attention to the late-night arrival of seriously-wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.

These soldiers are the most seriously-wounded – with shattered limbs, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders. They are delivered to Walter Reed (and Bethesda Naval Medical Center) under cover of darkness, at 10 p.m. or later. We believe the night-time arrivals are scheduled purposely to minimize public attention to, and knowledge of, the flow of seriously-wounded soldiers from the war. This is consistent with the Bush Administration policy prohibiting the photographing of coffins arriving at Dover AFB. (For investigative reporting of the Walter Reed arrivals, see Mark Benjamin's articles, "The Invisible Wounded," at www.salon.com on March 8, 2005.

For Benjamin's reporting on the psychiatric ward at Walter Reed, see "Behind the Walls of Ward 54," Feb. 18, 2005.) We vigil to:
Shed light on the flow of seriously-wounded soldiers to Walter Reed

Support soldiers in their efforts to achieve adequate lifetime disability payments

Protest unequal health benefits for injured National Guard soldiers as compared to Active Duty troops
Protest minimizing of numbers of injuries, including mental and PTSD disorders

Protest FY05 budget cuts in soldiers’ health care (including new fees and higher prescription drug payments)

Protest FY05 overall cuts in the Veterans Administration budget, including long-term funding

Protest FY05 budget cuts in education and family-support programs, directly impacting veterans and their families
Wear Pink, Bring candles, signs and banners that respectfully express our support.

JOIN CODEPINK AT WALTER REED FOR A ONE-WEEK VIGIL: SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND HONOR THEIR SACRIFICE!
For more vigil details and info on other current CODEPINK DC events visit the
CODEPINK DC page.


2 Comments:

Blogger PaxRomano said...

Salon did a story on this a few weeks back (go to Salon.com and do a search, I am sure you will find it).

It's just in keeping with the way we have been handling this fucking war...why does the press refrain from showing the public the reality of Bush's fucking war ... oh yeah, too busy obsessing over Terri Schiavo and Michael Jackson I guess!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Medbh said...

Yes, the Salon articles are listed in CODEPINK's article. The MemoryHole also did a feature on this, as have other web-based news blogs and sites--But the mainstream media seems to be silent on this topic also. Maybe CODEPINK's vigil will make it come to light. I hope so. GO CODEPINK

12:10 AM  

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