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Jacob George Memorial

Jon Turner & Sarah Farahat

This image is from Celebrate People’s History/Iraq Veterans Against the War: Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice, a portfolio that celebrated IVAW’s first ten years and was produced by Justseeds, IVAW, Booklyn, Repetitive Press, and the Civilian Soldier Alliance.

(IVAW is now known as About Face: Veterans Against the War)

 

A dark brown line drawing portrait of a young man against a blue gray background. He stands at three-quarters view in front of a microphone. Handwritten text states, “1982-2014. Jacob George. ‘What we need is love for every woman and man from Southern Louisiana to the mountains of Afghanistan.’ Jacob George, self-proclaimed banjo picking’, peace rambling’, hillbilly from the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas began his journey towards peace one pedal at a time. He worked his way across the south covering thousands of miles on a bicycle journey he called ‘A ride Till the End,’ promoting peace and Justice. After serving three tours of duty in Afghanistan he became an outspoken critic of the ‘war on terror,’ joining Iraq Veterans Against the War and co-founding the working group Afghanistan Veterans Against the War. Jacob struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from what he’d seen and done in Afghanistan, suffering from what he called, ‘A Soldier’s Heart.’ On September 17, 2014, Jacob took his own life but his wide smile, songs and warm spirit live on.” Song lyrics are also written: “Autumn’s Eve” by Jan Turner.



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