Veterans For Peace Humboldt Bay Chapter 56 recently announced the publication of Advice from Veterans on Military Service and Recruiting Practices: A Resource Guide for Young People Considering Enlistment.
After more than a year of development, the chapter’s Veterans Educational Outreach Program Committee published the first edition of the 32-page tabloid, according to a Veterans For Peace news release. It has also been posted in PDF format.
Aimed at helping individuals fully understand military recruitment and military life, the publication begins by explaining the recruitment process, paying special attention to recruiter fraud, the GI Bill for education, the enlistment agreement, the Delayed Entry Program, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, the No Child Left Behind Act and opting out, military job training and conscientious objection, the release stated.
The guide also details possible physical and mental health hazards of life in the military, including depleted uranium exposure, post-traumatic stress disorder, racism, discrimination, and sexual harassment and abuse of women. The document ends with local and national resources and a list of references.
The guide is not an attempt to provide legal advice, but is a researched and referenced document drawing from many sources, including the personal experiences of the veterans who participated in writing the guide, according to the release.
Copies of the resource guide can be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The publication may also be downloaded free at www.vfp56.org/VEOP_RG_Final.pdf.