No doubt others will write more about the vigil and rally--and I will post some photos later-but I was moved by two other people.
One was a woman. Her name is Helga Aguayo, wife of Agustin Aguayo, who refused to redeploy to Iraq and now faces 7 years in jail.
I asked how I could help.
She said people need to know about her husband. She hoped that people could provide money to help with his defense. And, she said, it was important for people to send letters because they mean a great deal to him.
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I looked up a story on SPC Agustin Aguayo, who had served in Tikrit in 2004.
There are other soldier who are also refusing to deploy who are facing court martial or have gone AWOL.
As I was driving home from the vigil, it struck me that our work in ending the war will truly become full-time, and that the people who will need support as they just say no to the war machine will keep increasing.
You do what you can do. I can let you know about the Aguayo family and hope you will find ways to help.