June 30, 2006 — A spokesman for the Vietnam Veterans
Against the War (VVAW) confirmed our report yesterday
about U.S. troops in Iraq being forced to take Prozac
and Seroquel in dealing with anxiety and depression.
The VVAW spokesman also stated that as many as 40,000
veterans who have returned from Iraq are suffering
from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and that
the Veterans Affairs Department and Pentagon are
engaged in an intentional cover-up of PTSD problems
among Iraq war vets.
June 29, 2006 — The anti-Iraq war group, Military
Families Speak Out (www.mfso.org), is conducting a
vigil outside the Cannon House Office Building. Anne
Roesler of California, whose son will be soon serving
his third Iraq tour with the 82nd Airborne Division,
and Elizabeth Frederick of New York, whose boyfriend
is serving in Iraq with the New York National Guard,
are receiving some surprising comments and rather
lukewarm support from Senate and House members,
Republican and Democratic. Although the group, which
has placed boots and shoes representing dead U.S.
military members and Iraqi civilians near the House
office buildings, has received support from a few
Democrats, the reaction to their vigil by some,
including California Democratic Senator Dianne
Feinstein, has been hostile. One House member passed
their display of boots and shoes and turned around and
shouted, “Just get over it!” Another staffer said,
“don’t you people remember what happened on 911?”
There were no connections between 911 and Iraq.
U.S. military personnel in Iraq are caught in a
dangerous and nightmarish vise created by neo-con
politicians in Washington. U.S. troops are being
forced to take drugs like Prozac and Seroquel for
anxiety and depression. Troops cannot refuse to take
the drugs without consequences from their superiors.
Resistance by U.S. troops to their orders is also
running high. Some U.S. military patrols decline to
carry out their “search and kill” missions and,
instead, return to their bases claiming they carried
out their orders.
Another neo-con outrage: Pentagon forcing U.S.
soldiers and Marines in Iraq to take Prozac and other
drugs for anxiety and depression.
Incidents of suicide among U.S. troops in Iraq is also
reaching troubling levels. There are also reports of
defections by U.S. troops to neighboring Turkey, Iran,
and Syria, where they can get passage to Europe and
Incidents of fighting between regular U.S. military
personnel and private military contractors, who wear
uniforms similar to those worn by regular U.S.
soldiers and Marines, is also increasing. U.S. troops
are frustrated that they come under attack for
atrocities carried out by private contractors who
receive triple and quadruple the salaries U.S.
military personnel receive. This situation has created
a tinderbox between U.S. troops and private
Visit http://www.veteransforamerica.org/ for more
information on the plight of our troops in Iraq and
veterans of the quagmire into which the neo-cons have