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This past Memorial Day marked the one year anniversary of Operation Recovery, an initiative developed by IVAW and supported by Under the Hood to stop the redeployment of traumatized troops.
In a year’s time IVAW and Under the Hood volunteers have spoken with hundreds of soldiers about the problems they face in attempting to access mental health care. Efforts to apply pressure on General Campbell to address these issues resulted in a virtual town hall meeting earlier this year. Under the Hood continues to work with soldiers every day to show them that they are not alone in dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and that they have a right to heal from trauma and should not face redeployment.
To mark the one-year anniversary of this important work, Under the Hood and IVAW volunteers stood vigil outside of the gates of Fort Hood, reminding General Campbell of his responsibility to the traumatized soldiers, and reaching out to soldiers entering the base.
“We’ve made some progress, but our work isn’t done”, says Lori Hurlebaus, Director at Under the Hood. “We need to continue to apply pressure and ask that people continue to send e-mails to General Campbell as our summer outreach drive gets underway. ” Hurlebaus explains.
Along with our work in Killeen, Under the Hood participated in a national G.I. Rights Hotline Conference this May.
Under the Hood staff, along with over 40 counselors from across the country, got together in late May in Fayetteville, Arkansas for training and for discussing plans for the G.I. Rights Hotline’s future. UTH co-led two sessions; one along with Coffee Strong, the only other anti-war coffeehouse currently open in the U.S.; and the other with IVAW on Operation Recovery.
While we shared information on the works of the coffeehouses and Operation Recovery, we also gained valuable information that we will, in turn, use to build our Ribs and Rights night programs and other important programming to support soldier rights.
Thanks to all who attended our “ War is Trauma” art show at 5604 and/or the film screening of " Where Soldiers Come From” at the Alamo Drafthouse in April. A special thanks to the Director of "Where Soldiers Come From", Heather Courtney, for joining us at the screening!
Both fundraising events were very successful and we always enjoy seeing new faces! The film screening at Alamo was a new method of outreach for us, and we’re excited to try it again. If you have ideas for a film that we should consider screening, we’d love to hear from you.
Under the Hood is pleased and honored to report that we have received grants from two sources.
For the third year, we have received funds from RESIST. RESIST has been funding social change since 1967 with grants to organizations that are actively part of a movement for social change and can demonstrate an understanding of the connections among oppressions, including race, class, gender, gay and lesbian rights, age and disability.
We also were awarded a grant from the Funding Exchange, a network of community foundations. In its 33rd year, the Funding Exchange funds activists working to build a more democratic, economically just, and non-violent country. We are honored to have gotten this funding in recognition of our work.
Past issues of Under the Hood Update can be found at our website at underthehoodcafe.org, where you can also get information about upcoming events, make donations, visit our ResiStore, stay informed, and find helpful links.
As always, thank you to all who have donated to Under the Hood, and a special BIG thank you to our sustaining donors! If you haven't made a donation before, please consider making a single gift, or sign up to become a monthly sustainer by choosing the recurring donation option when you give online. If you prefer to mail in your donation, you can send a check or money order to:
Fort Hood Support Network
P.O. Box 16174
Austin, Texas 78761-6174
Your contribution now will help ensure that we keep our doors open and continue to support soldiers, veterans and their families.
The Fort Hood Support Network (FHSN) operates Under the Hood Cafe and Outreach Center, FHSN is a Texas non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.