I thought some folks here might be interested in this:
Iraq Vet Harvey Tharp is a former Air Force Arabic translator and Navy JAG who worked in Iraq outside the wire in close contact with Iraqis. Steve Woolford is a GI Hotline Counselor for Quaker House, who work helps military personnel grappling with their military problems, many of them issues of conscience. The speakers will tell of their vivid personal experiences and interact from their distinct perspectives.
Quaker House offers unique support to American troops. It counsels women and men in the military who have decided, usually for reasons of conscience, that they will not engage in armed violence as an instrument of national policy. It also offers accurate information about recruiting practices to those considering enlistment. Located just minutes away from one of the nation’s largest army bases in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, NC, it is the only Quaker and peace witness of its kind in the world.
In this time of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, stresses on the troops and their families are intense – and the Quaker House workload is higher than it ever has been. The staff hears from many soldiers who are unwilling to be re-deployed for second or third tours, and from members of activated Reserve and National Guard units and their families, who lack most of the support networks of the regular armed services. Some who call have already gone AWOL.
Quaker House has been offering this peace-oriented support for the troops for almost 40 years. It operates the GI Hotline throughout the southeastern states. The Hotline now receives more than 8,000 calls a year: 150 calls a week, 52 weeks of the year.
More info at: http://www.quakerhouse.org/