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Jacob David George . . .

“We just need to support the troops,”
Is what they tell me.
Well, this is from a troop,
So listen carefully.
What we need are teachers who understand the history of this country,
What we need is a decent living wage, so people ain’t cold and hungry,
What we need is bicycle infrastructure spanning this beauteous nation,
What we need are more trees and less play stations,
What we need is a justice system that seeks the truth,
What we need are more books and less boots.
What we need is love,
For every woman and man.

Jacob was a peace activist . . .

According to Veterans For Peace, he took his own life on September 17th, shortly after President Barack Obama’s announcement of new war plans in Iraq and Syria.

Another Casualty of War . . .

Jacob David George died as a result of the moral injuries he sustained in Afghanistan. He served three tours and came back a changed man after witnessing wholesale slaughter. He understood that to be profoundly affected by war was not a disorder . . . and often talked about the moral component of PTS, the trauma caused by taking part in or witnessing events that are contrary to your very being. This is different from the PTSD of the military psychiatrist who is interested in events that put the individuals own life in danger. This is the opposite, it is trauma caused by harming others.

Once I was a soldier . . .

alone

and I fought on foreign sands for you.

Jacob came home, he was traumatized, he was broken, but he journeyed down that long road towards peace and justice anyway, he spoke truth to power every mile of the way, he showed us all what moral courage is.

The Chelsea Manning Support Network . . .

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Upon It Their Names Are Written

Jacob David George . . .

“We just need to support the troops,”
Is what they tell me.
Well, this is from a troop,
So listen carefully.
What we need are teachers who understand the history of this country,
What we need is a decent living wage, so people ain’t cold and hungry,
What we need is bicycle infrastructure spanning this beauteous nation,
What we need are more trees and less play stations,
What we need is a justice system that seeks the truth,
What we need are more books and less boots.
What we need is love,
For every woman and man.

Jacob was a peace activist . . .

According to Veterans For Peace, he took his own life on September 17th, shortly after President Barack Obama’s announcement of new war plans in Iraq and Syria.

Another Casualty of War . . .

Jacob David George died as a result of the moral injuries he sustained in Afghanistan. He served three tours and came back a changed man after witnessing wholesale slaughter. He understood that to be profoundly affected by war was not a disorder . . . and often talked about the moral component of PTS, the trauma caused by taking part in or witnessing events that are contrary to your very being. This is different from the PTSD of the military psychiatrist who is interested in events that put the individuals own life in danger. This is the opposite, it is trauma caused by harming others.

Once I was a soldier . . .

alone

and I fought on foreign sands for you.

Jacob came home, he was traumatized, he was broken, but he journeyed down that long road towards peace and justice anyway, he spoke truth to power every mile of the way, he showed us all what moral courage is.

The Chelsea Manning Support Network . . . (more…)

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