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Inspire to Serve or Conspire to Conscript?

Inspire to Serve or Conspire to Conscript?

[Photo from the home page of the Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, inspire2serve.gov, accessed March 14, 2018.] What does this photo say to you?  What do you think it is advertising? What is the meaning of its creative internet address,...

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Child Soldiers and the Transformation of a Navy Petty Officer

In December 2016, we received a call from a sailor who wanted our support as she applied for conscientious objection.  Petty Officer Allen’s* story provides a powerful example of a military member who was transformed through her experiences and found the courage to...

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Frances Crowe–Vietnam Era Conscientious Objector Guide

I had the most delightful telephone conversation about a week ago with Frances Crowe. In Quaker House’s last newsletter (Winter 2017/2018), I asked people to share stories about their experiences with conscientious objection, from any war, any moral basis (any...

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Spiritual Re-Awakenings

One of the most exciting areas of our work is helping conscientious objectors (CO) obtain discharge from the military.  We do not go out and convince people to become conscientious objectors.  By the time they contact us, most have already had a sincere change of...

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The Story of the Afghan Children

The opportunity to witness the court-martial of Bowe Bergdahl allowed me to hear another story in that military courtroom. Retired Navy SEAL James Hatch testified of the circumstances under which he was shot in the leg during a search and rescue operation for Bowe....

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Torture–Its Relevance Today

Torture–Its Relevance Today

Last week, Quaker House attended public hearings about flights and airplanes that were used to transport prisoners to black sites around the world where they were tortured, mainly from September 2001 to September 2006. These hearings were about airfields and a flight...

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Bergdahl, Moral Injury, and Our Responsibility

Bowe Bergdahl likely suffers with moral injury. Symptoms of moral injury include feelings of shame or guilt for events that are in conflict with a person’s essential inner moral code and that may have occurred outside of that individual’s control. Nonetheless, the...

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Bergdahl’s Compassion for Animals Now a PTSD Trigger

Since returning from Afghanistan, on his own time, Bowe has worked with an organization that rescues feral cats, and the lady who runs the rescue calls him the cat whisperer because, for some reason, these cats trust him. He has been able to successfully work with the...

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Refugees and Military Members: Not So Different After All?

[This is the complete version of an article written for the Quaker House Winter 2017 Newsletter. It is enriched by illustrative examples from her own experiences working with refugees that were omitted from the newsletter due to space limitations.] “I will write songs...

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