There will also be aÂ tribute to Thomas Young, who was the subject of the “Body of War” film and whose injuries from his deployment to Iraq haveÂ severelyÂ worsened over the years to the point that he decided toÂ stopÂ taking in nourishment to end his suffering.
Veterans will talk about the effects of US militarism on Iraqis, Afghanistanis, and US troops and call for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Â Â demand for the “Right to Heal” in cooperation with Iraqi women’s and labor organizations. They will also talk about IVAW’sÂ cooperation with the Mental Health Movement which fought the closure of the city’s mental health clinics and has connected the PTSD of veterans returning from war to that of those affected by violenceÂ in Chicago amidst an overall bleak picture of continuing underfunding of mental health care.
Finally, veterans will talk about their continuing unmet mental health needs and IVAW’s
Speakers will include:
Jacob Crawford, Iraq and Afghanistan vet
Alejandro Villatoro, Iraq and Afthanistan veteran
Representatives ofÂ National Nurses United,Â Mental Health Movement,Â Civilian Soldier Alliance,Â IVAW/NNU campaign to improve VA health care
WHAT: Ceremony honoring the losses from wars, calling on end to those wars
WHEN: Today (Monday 5/27) 11am
WHERE: Wacker and Wabash, Vietname War Memorial (lower level by river)
WHO: Iraq Veterans Against the War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War and allies (National Nurses Union, Mental Health Movement)