As a former infantryman and combat veteran deployed twice to Iraq, let me tell you from our perspective what it means to "support the troops." It means supporting our rights to refuse orders to die and murder for corporate profits.
Now you can help. Sgt. Brock Lindsey has been AWOL since being abused and neglected for PTSD at Fort Lewis’s notorious Madigan Hospital. Sgt. Lindsey deployed twice to Iraq as an infantryman. After becoming conscious of the racism, sexism and disregard for human life that is so pervasive in the military he realized he could no longer support Wall Street’s wars.
Lindsey is one of the co-founders of the Our Lives Our Rights campaign. At great risk to himself he has spoken out publicly—to the press and to fellow soldiers—against the injustices committed by the U.S. government against the Iraqi and Afghan people.
I know Sgt. Lindsey personally. We were in the same unit. I remember first explaining to him why I was not going to deploy a third time to Iraq. Since then, our unit has had multiple service members refuse orders and take stands against the injustices of the military. The choice Sgt. Lindsey has made should be supported by all people who stand against war and racism.
But Sgt. Lindsey, with a child on the way, cannot remain AWOL forever. He is hoping to turn himself in very soon and fight the charges.
Funds are urgently needed to help him get the best possible legal counsel. Please click here now to make a donation.
And he is not alone. Others in the past have done the same, but had no idea there was such a massive amount of people for them. If we want to end these wars and all future wars of aggression, we can start right here and right now. It’s simple, easy and safe. All you have to do is make a donation.
Through this campaign we hope to create a network of active-duty service members, veterans, friends, military families and loved ones who stand ready to assist anyone who refuses orders to deploy.
This really is a historic moment against the criminal U.S. wars, and we urge you to be a part of it.
SSG, US Army infantry
co-founder, Our Live Our Rights