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Press release from Under the Hood Cafe Anti-War Soldiers' Coffee House at Ft. Hood, Texas

Wikileaks revelations outrage soldiers...Active duty GI rights of expression include attendance of anti-war demonstrations, Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 1325.6, "The demonstration must be off base and in the U.S. You must be off duty and not in uniform."

JULY 30, 2010, FT. HOOD, TEXAS

Col. Allen expected to deploy wounded Soldiers, says local peace community

Local activists will rally at the East Gate of Fort Hood today at 5 p.m. in opposition to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment’s August deployment to Iraq.

Demonstrators will gather at 4 p.m at the Under the Hood Cafe, located at 17 S. College St. in Killeen, before marching to the rally location at Rancier and Fort Hood St. ...

The marchers are calling particular attention to the 3rd ACR’s reputation of deploying Soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain injury, among other physical disabilities.

Attending the rally will be Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, military family members, active-duty servicemembers and other local activists. Bobby Whittenberg, former Marine, Purple Heart recipient and an organizer of the rally said marchers are standing in solidarity with the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, and troops being deployed against their wills.

"We need to send a strong message that these wars and occupations are wrong, and that officers sending Soldiers in need of medical care into combat is wrong, too," said Whittenberg. "Unfortunately in the military, this is standard operating procedure."

This latest demonstration comes less than a month after a prior demonstration at the East Gate of Fort Hood opposing the wars. As the latest outrage unfolds in response to the 91,000 documents leaked by Wikileaks detailing numerous human rights violations in Afghanistan, activity in the local peace community is surging, with similar demonstrations planned for the near future.

"Things are getting even more unsettled as Obama drives us deeper into this occupation," said Cynthia Thomas, manager at the Under the Hood Cafe. "People around here know we will pay the real price for these policies. The fact that they’re sending people back that have already paid is atrocious. We march for our families; the people we love."

Originally posted to Ralph Lopez on Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM PDT.

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