Iraq Veterans Against the War, is taking a break from talking about withdrawing troops to highlight the needs of current and former women service members this Veterans Day.
The organization was motivated in part by the service's surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, who recently stated that 90,000 soldiers are medically unfit for combat, Armytimes.com reports. The IVAW believes that figure is far under-exaggerated, especially with regard to female veterans. "Moreover they are subjected to scrutiny above and beyond their male counterparts; yet still they thrive, overcoming these obstacles to become powerful leaders in the movement for service members' rights."
"Women service members are disproportionately abused and neglected by their command and disproportionately affected by military traumas, sexual assualt, harrassment, and sexism," the IVAW stated on its blog on Tuesday.
To raise awareness for women veterans, the organization has put together events across the country.
Here's how you can get involved:
Central Ill. - Contact: Scott Kimball firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 11, 5 p.m. - Radical Vulnerability opening at the National Veterans Art Museum, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Chicago, Ill.
Nov 12, 3 p.m. - Lonely Soldier Monologs at the National Veterans Art Museum, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Chicago, Ill.
Nov. 14-20, 4-8 p.m. - Messhall: GI Coffee House at Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Denver, Colo. - Contact: Kelly Dougherty email@example.com
Nov 11, 8 p.m. - Operation Recovery Teach-in at Metro State College, Auraria Campus North Classroom, Room 1539, Denver, Colo.
Nov. 13 7-8:30 p.m. - Author Antonia Juhasz and IVAW members speak out in Unitarian Universalists Church of Boulder
Nov. 17 - Poster Girl screening and discussion with Robynn Murray and Sarah Nesson (director)
San Francisco/Bay Area, Calif. - Contact: Matt Howard firstname.lastname@example.org
NOV. 13th 6-9PM Public Screening of Poster Girl and panel discussion at San Francisco Quaker Meeting House, 65 9th St. San Francisco, Calif.
New York, N.Y. - Contact: Jose Vasquez email@example.com
Nov. 11, 6 p.m. Vetallica Benefit Show as Arlene’s Grocery 95 Stanton St. New York, N.Y.
Detroit, Mich. - Contact: Maggie Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
NOV 11th 3-4PM - Operation Recovery: Women in the Military speak out at Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols Rd. Detroit, Mich.
Madison, Wisc. - Contact: Todd Dennis email@example.com
NOV. 11th 8PM Bandallamas and Friends at the Barrymore Theatre 2090 Atwood Ave. Madison, Wis.
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Contact: Joyce Wagner firstname.lastname@example.org
NOV. 11th 6-8PM Lay Down Your Arms at the Justseeds Global Distribution Center 3410 Penn Ave. 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, Pa.