With 3 years of outreach at Fort Hood; more than a thousand conversations with soldiers, veterans and their families; and 31 in-depth testimonials, Operation Recovery: Fort Hood Soldiers and Veterans Testify on the Right to Heal (or ‘the Fort Hood Testimony Report’) is a hard look at what the costs of more than a decade of war have had on one of the largest military community’s in the country.
The testimonies in the report offer a rare glimpse into the impact of multiple deployments, overmedication, stigma, as well as the subsequent increase in disciplinary infractions and discharges accompanying the military’s ‘drawdown’. And those don’t even begin to complete the picture. Accompanying the testimonials is a findings section highlighting trends identified and a recommendations section aimed squarely at the military and Congress.
Coming out of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Civilian Soldier Alliance’s campaign Operation Recovery: Stop the Deployment of Traumatized Troops, this report began through the efforts of active duty soldiers interviewing their peers to help highlight common stories in order to break a sense of isolation and hopefully to spread awareness of them. With the deep commitment and tireless work from our partners in Civilian Soldier Alliance, and Under the Hood Cafe & Outreach Center and the support of the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, this report is finally a reality. Please take the time to read some of these testimonials and reflect on them.