News 8 Austin recently reported on a growing number of active duty soldiers and recent Iraq war veterans who have begun speaking up about the war in Iraq — a number of soldiers are talking about their experiences in Iraq via online forums, blogs and pamphlets. Some Iraq war veterans feel it’s their duty to let the American public know the truth.
Fort Hood soldier Casey Porter, who started the local branch of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) there, said “We lost really good friends, really good leaders who died in Iraq. From my perspective, it didn’t make any sense, we didn’t accomplish anything, and I talked to a lot of other soldiers who feel the same way.”
Currently back in the U.S. for a limited time while waiting to be redeployed, Porter passes out pamphlets because he feels it’s his obligation to take action for his fallen brothers. Members of his local IVAW are trying to let other soldiers know it’s ok to do the same thing.
Ronn Cantu, another Fort Hood soldier awaiting redeployment to Iraq, says that it’s well within the rights service members have, but not many soldiers know what rights they do have. Knowing he might not live through his second tour, he feels the need to say things he needs to say.