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The Board and Staff of
Citizen Soldier mourn the passing of
founder and director
Tod Ensign.
We are assessing how to go forward
but the work will continue.

Base Marine Families In Hawaii Worry About Deadly Soil Under Their Feet:

"The Soil Contained Too Much Chlordane, A Pesticide That Was Banned In 1988..."

CIA made doctors torture

Sex-Assault Reports Surge For Military

Sharp Increase Provides Fuel to Debate About How to Overhaul the Military Justice System

sex abuse scandal

The Untold Story of Military Sexual Assault

...when institutions like the military, closed systems that lack oversight, do not validate the experience of the rape survivor, the perpetrators get to continue their criminal behavior without consequence.

U.S. Sailors Sick From Fukushima Radiation File New Suit Against Tokyo Electric Power

The reports parallel those from airmen who dropped the Bomb on Hiroshima, and from central Pennsylvanians downwind from Three Mile Island.

Toll of US Sailors Devastated by Fukushima Radiation Continues to Climb

The roll call of U.S. sailors who say their health was devastated when they were irradiated while delivering humanitarian help near the stricken Fukushima nuke is continuing to soar.

Sailors in Fukushima

Navy Sailors Have Radiation Sickness after Japan Rescue

...nearly three years after their deployment on a humanitarian mission to Japan's ravaged coast, Cooper and scores of her fellow crew members on the aircraft carrier and a half-dozen other support ships are battling cancers, thyroid disease, uterine bleeding and other ailments..

Navy sailors cleaning up contaminated snow in Japan

Senate Reformers' Effort to Strip Military Commanders of Control over Sexual Abuse Charges Falls Short

Gillibrand's solution for the "epidemic" of sexual assaults within the armed forces has stalled in the face of united opposition from the Pentagon's top echelon and its allies in Congress...

sex abuse scandal

McKeon Questions Whether Military Can Afford Pivot to Asia

"I'm concerned those conditions haven't panned out. Violence and instability rage in the Middle East and Africa..."

sex abuse scandal

Inside America's Dark History of
Chemical Warfare

As the Obama administration presses ahead with its mission to punish the Syrian government for its alleged gassing of civilians in suburban Damascus, the particulars of the attack remain unclear. All too clear, though, is the role of the United States as a supplier, supporter and even employer of a wide range of weapons of mass destruction, including sarin gas, resulting in the death and illness of not only those considered our enemies, but our "heroes" too.

U.S. military in joint exercise with South Korea

Court Rejects Military Contractor's Attempt to Avoid Trial for Human Trafficking

As the ACLU has documented in Victims of Complacency, while the fate of the men may be unique, the scheme of which they were a part was sadly all too common at the time.

One of 12 Nepali men (in photo)

Military Suicide Rate Continues to Rise at Alarming Rate
Anti-militarism activists say rising military suicides linked to illegal wars and high civilian death tolls

rising suicide rates in military

PTSD Conference ColoradoThe War Comes Home:

On October 6, 2012 Citizen Soldier again organized a national conference for service members, veterans,
family members, and helping professionals.

View highlights from veteran and wives's testimony about the impact of PTSD at our Colorado Springs conference, October 6, 2012.

Citizen Soldier PTSD Conference October 2012

View coverage of our PTSD Conference, held February 4, 2012 in Tacoma, Washington.

View TV coverage

View testimony, Part I

View testimony, Part II

View testimony, Part III


Half Boy / Half Man

The average age of the military man is 19 years...

U.S. Army suicides spike

Rodriguez_SurrendersJuly was the worst month ever for Army suicides - more than double the previous month's total among active duty soldiers. David Martin speaks with two heartbroken widows whose husbands sought help, but couldn't get it

Army suicide widows: Too little, too late

Decoding the BraiU.S. military Looks at Ways to Modify the Neurological Activity of Soldiers

Making them fiercer warriors?

Another Recruit Dies Trying to Meet Weight Requirement

Danny Ruff, 22, from Tracy, CA ordered to lose 13 pounds in 16 days

Danny Ruff

S.I. dad says Marine son victim of hate,
just like Pvt. Danny Chen

"Somebody did this to him, " dad claims.

rally for Brad Manning

Army Probes Events Behind Soldier Death

"Before he died he was harassed, and he was dragged out of the bed and actually beaten," Mr. Gee said. "The Army volunteered that information to the family."


Vermilion Mom: Army Recruiters Made Son Diet to Death

Wilsey's mother, Lora Bailey, said her son told her he was following recruiters' advice, including self-induced vomiting.


"Jury Still Out" on Army's Probe of Recruit's Death by Dieting

rally for Brad Manning

Forum in Va. Beach tries to link veterans to mental help

Roughly one in three soldiers returning from war reports psychological problems, the Department of Defense estimates.

rally for Brad Manning

Veterans' Advocate Calls on V.A. to Research Potential Damage from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in Iraq & Afghan War Veterans

Citizen Soldier has written VA Administrator Shinsheki

brain injury

Jacob W.

Air Base Expansion Plans Reflect
Long-term Investment in Afghanistan

Three $100 million air base expansions in southern and northern Afghanistan illustrate Pentagon plans extending well into the future.

Jacob W.Combat Veteran PFC Jacob Wade from Cortland, NY, with PTSD Diagnosis Surrenders at Ft. Hood, TX.

A Test of Pentagon's New Policy of "Compassion and Caring" for Combat Vets

AWOL Fort Hood soldier turns himself in
By Chie Saito

Citizen Soldier co-sponsors a National Conference on PTSD

"The War Comes Home: Soldiers and Veterans in Crisis"

PTSD Conference

Vet panelists confer: John Waltz, Navy Commander Mark Russell (Ret), and former Marine Captain Anu Bhagwati, head, Servicewoman's Defense Network

Secrecy a factor in the rise of military suicides

The Department of the Army has finally gone public and acknowledged the alarming rate of suicide among its ranks.

The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce

Noah PierceA small-town soldier returns from Iraq broken. He is not alone. He thinks he is.

A Focus on Violence by Returning G.I.'s

...the number of servicemen implicated in violent crimes has raised alarm...

AWOL Afghan War Vet Trevor Loope from Ft Drum Surrendered at Different Drummer December 4:

He Left in Search of Mental Health Care

View his statement to the Ithaca Common Council, requesting active support as he returns to base and potentially faces criminal charges

Network of GI Support Grows:
Two New Coffeehouses for Soldiers to Open

iraq gis from ft drum

Coffeehouse/Counselling centers for Soldiers will open near Ft. Lewis, WA and Ft. Hood, TX in the next two weeks.

The "Coffee Strong" cafe next to Ft. Lewis will provide educational programs, entertainment and GI rights counselling as well as links to psychological and legal support for Ft. Lewis personnel and their families. Coffee Strong also makes a mean cup of coffee! (Also see GI Coffee House Coming Soon next to Ft. Lewis; Tod Ensign to speak)

The "Under the Hood" project, adjacent to Ft. Hood TX will also offer social programs, counselling and legal referral to servicemembers from Ft Hood--the Army's largest base. (Also see Under The Hood: An Anti-War GI Coffeehouse in Texas)

These projects aid activists who're seeking to launch similar operations at other military bases during 2009.

Coming to Killeen: A GI coffeehouse in the grand tradition

The Oleo Strut Coffeehouse
And The G.I. Antiwar Movement


US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are being exposed to toxic chemicals that pose serious health risks

Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control

Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths,
U.S. Says


Ft Drum Commander Tramples Soldiers' Due Process Rights

10th Mountain Soldier Files for Army Court of Inquiry to Probe Treatment of Wounded;
Brian C. was Ordered to Iraq Despite Medical Profile Barring Deployment

dave kline

Different Drummer Cafe Convenes
Public Forum on
Mental Health Care at Ft Drum

View the Symposium

Soldier calls PTSD an "ugly demon"

Fort Drum asking civilian employees
to deploy to Iraq

gaskinsBrad Gaskins:

View Channel 9 Report on Brad Gaskins

AWOL Soldier Seeking Treatment Arrested (Associated Press)

Sergeant Fled Army, but Not the War in His Head ( New York Times)

Thousands of GIs Cope With Brain Damage

eugenecherryFormer Army medic Eugene Cherry discharged;
Army drops AWOL Charges after Cherry argued he received inadequate mental health services

Marine's death
came after he
served in Iraq

Told to wait,
a Marine dies


Spec. Trevor Loope is Free!
Army Drops Court Martial

Specialist Trevor Loope, 24, of Austin, TX who faced a year in prison and a Bad Conduct discharge at Special Court Martial for AWOL was discharged administratively by order of Ft Drum's Commander, Gen. Michael Oates on Friday, July 10th.

trevor loope

Brains scans of symptomatic
Gulf War veterans show differences


end of year report
[download pdf ]


When Johnny and Jane book jacket

The Forever War
By Dexter Filkins
Reviewed by Robert Stone

When Johnny and Jane book jacket

by Phil Klay
Reviewed by
Dexter Filkins

When Johnny and Jane book jacket

Soul Repair:
Recovering from Moral Injury after War.

The Untold War

The Problematic: Penny Lewis Repairs Some Misconceptions About the Vietnam War
review by
Michael Uhl




Enlistment guide

The Military Enlistment
Contract and You
The Facts; Your Rights


"Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated"

"Let's stop this war before more are killed."
Father of Lance Cpl. Edward "Augie" Schroeder II Laments His Son's Senseless Death

Pable Paredes

Pablo Paredes:
"…if there's anything I could be guilty of, it is my beliefs. I am guilty of believing this war is illegal. I'm guilty of believing war in all forms is immoral and useless, and I am guilty of believing that as a service member I have a duty to refuse to participate in this war.

Captain Ian Fishback:
"Despite my efforts, I have been unable to get clear, consistent answers from my leadership about what constitutes lawful and humane treatment of detainees"

because it is illegal."

GI Coffeehouses

Antiwar support at
Different Drummer Café

Vets organize GI coffeehouse outside
military base

Different Drummer Cafe


"Residents seemed eager to
embrace the marchers' dual message:
bring our soldiers back and provide them with
quality health care when they get home."

An Antiwar March Through Towns Unused to One
By Michelle York, The New York Times

North Country Walk to Ft Drum Festival A Success
By Tod Ensign

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