Operation Recovery

The Fort Hood Testimony Report

The Drawdown

Among other topics, the service-members and veterans on this page testified to the effect of the military drawdown and the Army’s subsequent push to discharge and discipline soldiers at much higher rates.

“Prior to going, our unit was so low in numbers that we actually took soldiers into Afghanistan who were on crutches. We’re walking fifteen, twenty cliffs a day at 10,000 feet elevation through the mountains. The guy just got off crutches and you expect him to be able to do that?”

Read the full testimony of Chas Jacquier, US Army veteran, Military Police, NCO

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“One of my very, very close friends was raped by someone in our barracks. And they kept him in the barracks. They didn’t send him to jail. They didn’t do anything like that. They kept him in the barracks. So every time she saw him in the barracks she’d just freeze, and I’d be like, ‘What’s wrong?’ And then I’d look around, and be like, ‘Oh.’ ”

Read the full testimony of Kimberly MacArthur *, US Army veteran, Systems Intelligence Analyst

“I just decided to pay out of my own pocket to see a neurologist at Central Texas Neurology. I explained to him my situation—that there wasn’t much being done to help me or to evaluate me. The Army can say that they tried to help me by putting me through physical therapy, but they didn’t help me. You can’t put somebody through physical therapy without identifying the problem.”

Read the full testimony of Mitchell Tate *, active duty US Army, Infantry