I´d never heard of Marla Ruzicka until today's story in the Washington Post, but her efforts are admirable. Going beyond the easy way to do politics on the left -- denounce, decry, in the most self-righteous of tones -- she has become an able advocate for innocent ("collateral") victims in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the process, she's managed to get $7.5 million for victims in Afghanistan, and $10 million for people in Iraq. The Post story also notes that her efforts also resulted in "a precedent-setting approach that moves beyond the cash payments the military favors. The $10 million is used to rebuild homes and schools, provide medical assistance and make loans."