Q13 FOX News reporter
2:34 AM EDT, October 12, 2012
Some military veterans are leading a campaign this week to tell soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord how they can avoid being deployed to Afghanistan.
The "Our Lives, Our Rights" campaign, led by veterans' groups Veterans for Peace and March Forward, are distributing information to JBLM soldiers Oct. 7-14, according to the campaign website.
In just three weeks, 4,000 members of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd infantry will deploy for nine months to Afghanistan.
Activists in the campaign will inform soldiers how to become conscientious objectors and how to obtain better treatment for post-traumatic stress syndrome. It will also provide information on legal rights for soldiers who go AWOL or seek asylum in another country.
Campaign activists are distributing fliers during lunch rush at Lakewood's Tillicum neighborhood and displaying banners from bridges over Interstate 5, the Olympian reported.
The campaign is operating out of Coffee Strong, a Tillicum coffee shop and nonprofit that offers behavioral health services to soldiers.
The veterans' groups announced the campaign in June. Since then, only one person has filed for conscientious objector status.
More information about the campaign can be found at ourlivesourrights.org.