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The purpose of the Seattle Draft and Military Counseling Center is to provide accurate, comprehensive, and objective information about Selective Service, military law, military regulations, and administrative procedures to anyone in need of this service, and to assist them in applying this information to their own situation and goals. SDMCC also supports conscientious objectors and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war. The information shared with a counselor is privileged communication and will not be released to anyone without permission of the counselee.
Seattle Draft and Military Counseling Center (SDMCC) was formed in 1969, then serving as a draft counseling organization during the Vietnam War. In 1998, we joined the GI Rights Hotline Network, and have focused our resources on supporting servicemembers and their families ever since. SDMCC is an all volunteer organization based in Seattle, WA. SDMCC is a member of the GI Rights Hotline Network (www.girightshotline.org), which is a coalition of non-profit, non-governmental counseling agencies that provides information to members of the military and their family about discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights. Our services are free and confidential. Volunteers receive extensive training and support to do their important work. We're always looking for more people to help support soldiers and their families by staffing our hotline (counselors pick up calls at their homes via a message service and call clients back within 48 hours), providing information and resources, educating young people, providing trainings to counselors, organizing or helping with counseling and outreach materials and events, or making financial or in-kind contributions. We are also looking for board members. Archives from our early years can be viewed online courtesy of the University of Washington (http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcoll/findaids/docs/papersrecords/SeattleDraftCounsCtr3925_3.xml).
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