“When someone whines about what they can possibly do if it’s really true that voting won’t fix everything, hand them this book. When someone proposes violence as the only serious option available, hand them this book.”David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org & OpEd News
Founded in 2004, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is an advocacy group comprising around 1,800 active-duty military personnel and veterans from all branches of the military who have served since 9/11, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. The group calls for withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, reparations for the human and structural damage suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan, and full benefits, adequate healthcare (including mental health) and other support for returning servicemen and women. Named for the 1971 Winter Soldier hearings, “Winter Solider: Iraq & Afghanistan — Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations” was a four-day event organized in 2008 by the IVAW at which more than 200 veterans gave testimony about their experiences as soldiers. “Operation First Casualty” was a series of dramatic IVAW actions, designed to demonstrate the reality of war, in which uniformed veterans conducted mock patrols in major American cities.