Veteran's Voice Radio Show

Veteran's Voice Radio Show with Northwest Veterans for Peace deals with matters of war and peace. Also deals with veterans health issues and the after effects of war.

Episode Archive

Veteran's Voice on 07/15/11

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Fri, 07/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Northwest Vet for Peace Bill Bires on his life

Veteran's Voice honors co-host Bill Bires by interviewing him about his work and life. Bill is President of Northwest Veterans for Peace. He worked as a copper miner and a Teamster. He also survived atomic bomb testing in Nevada and a combat tour in Korea. He'll talk with his good friend and co-host Marvin Simmons about his life.

Read about the friendship between Bill and Marv at http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/04/kboos_veterans_voices_radio_sh.html

Veteran's Voice on 06/17/11

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Fri, 06/17/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with Arlene Edwards, who was a nurse in Vietnam at the 45th Surgical Hospital in 1968.

Co-hosts Marvin Simmons and Bill Bires interview Arlene Edwards, who was a nurse in Vietnam at the 45th Surgical Hospital in 1968. The 45th was first organized in 1943 at Camp White, Oregon as the 45th Portable Hospital. It was designed to be carried by men, pack animals or vehicles.

During the Vietnam War the operational site for the 45th was near Tay Ninh, South Vietnam. The 45th treated thousands of soldiers, the vast majority of whom were severely wounded combat casualties. On numerous occasions during the TET Offensive in early 1968 and at other times, personnel worked around the clock to care for the large number of casualties.

Veteran's Voice on 05/20/11

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Fri, 05/20/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bob Chenowith, former prisoner of war in Hanoi, pt 2

Host Marvin Simmons of Northwest Vets for Peace interviews Bob Chenoweth who was a prisoner of war in Hanoi for five years and a member of the Peace Committee while in prison. Members of the Peace Committee were deeply affected by their combat experiences and as a result re-examined their basic assumptions about the war. They made radio and print statements against the war while in prison. In this second part of a two-part interview Chenoweth discusses some of his experiences in prison.

Veteran's Voice on 04/15/11

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Fri, 04/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bob Chenowith, former prisoner of war in Hanoi

Host Marvin Simmons of Northwest Vets for Peace interviews Bob Chenoweth who was a prisoner of war in Hanoi for five years and a member of the Peace Committee while in prison. Members of the Peace Committee were deeply affected by their combat experiences and as a result reexamined their basic assumptions about the war.

Veteran's Voice on 03/18/11

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Fri, 03/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Portland Vet Center

Northwest Vets for Peace speak with Ryan McNabb, Outreach Specialist at the Portland Vet Center.

Veteran's Voice on 02/18/11

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Fri, 02/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Dr. Charles Jackson on Gulf War Syndrome

Hosts from Northwest Vets for Peace present one of their original interviews from the early 1990's. The guest is Dr. Charles Jackson of the Veteran's Administration. He talks about Gulf War Syndrome and the first returning veterans who presented symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome. Gulf War Syndrome or Gulf War Illness continues to be a serious problem for veterans of the Gulf War today.

Veteran's Voice on 01/21/11

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Fri, 01/21/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Dahr Jamail on military sexual trauma

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace speak with journalist Dahr Jamail about his latest reports on military sexual trauma. The numbers of rapes and other types of abuse within the U.S. Military are staggering, according to Dahr Jamail. Victims continue to say that both their commanders and the Department of Defense in general has been ignoring pleas for help. 

Dahr Jamail is author of two recent books, “Beyond the Green Zone, Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq”, and “The Will To Resist, Soldiers who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan”.

 

Veteran's Voice on 12/17/10

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Fri, 12/17/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Vets, mental health issues, and suicide

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace discuss suicide among veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. They also feature an interview from the Talk Nation Radio show with 1st Infantryman Jeff Hanks who went AWOL to avoid redeployment to Afghanistan. Hanks had a panic attack at the airport when he was about to ship out for the Middle East again... he went AWOL to try to get mental health treatment. Hanks turned himself in shortly after the interview, and his efforts to get care have been mixed.

Veteran's Voice on 11/19/10

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Fri, 11/19/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Returning Veterans Project

Hosts Marvin Simmons, Bill Bires and John Timothy of Northwest Vets for Peace speak with Belle Bennett Landau, Executive Director of the Returning Veterans Project.

Veteran's Voice on 10/15/10

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Fri, 10/15/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Northwest Vets for Peace speak with anti-war activist S.

Northwest Vets for Peace Marvin Simmons, Bill Bires and John Timothy speak with anti-war activist S. Brian Willson.

Willson served, from 1966 to 1970, in the USAF, including several months as a combat security officer in Vietnam. Later he became a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans For Peace. Upon completion of Law School at American University in Washington, D.C., he became a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Audio

Veteran's Voice Radio Show

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Fri, 08/16/2013

Discussion of veteran's issues with guests Arlene, Bridgette Smith and Ed Van Dyke

  • Length: 51:34 minutes (47.21 MB)
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War Is Not Innate

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Fri, 07/20/2012

Bill and Marvin interview John Horgan author of the book "The End of War." Humans are not born with a war gene. Horgan argues that war is socially and politically conditioned and can be unlearned and avoided.

  • Length: 52:35 minutes (24.07 MB)
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"The Bunker Project"

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Fri, 06/15/2012

Join Bill and me (Marvin Simmons) when we will interview Bud Brown and Robert Helmick of "The Bunker Project". Bud is a Viet Nam veteran and professor at Western Oregon University. Robert Helmick is a Gulf War veteran. They will explan what "The Bunker Project" is all about. Bud Brown also works with veterans involved with the justice system.

  • Length: 53:00 minutes (48.52 MB)
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Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance tell their stories

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Fri, 04/20/2012

Hosts Marvin Simmons and Bill Bires speak with members of the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance. The group is working to create a community of people who desire to find justice, answers and support for the generational victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin. It was founded by children of Vietnam Veterans to serve as a voice for the children of Vietnam Veterans including second and third generation victims of Agent Orange and Dioxin Exposures worldwide. The members of the group believe in empowering each other to hold the companies and governments responsible for causing devastation and suffering to our generations.

  • Length: 54:30 minutes (49.9 MB)
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The Bonus Soldiers March and the Kellogg–Briand Pact

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Fri, 03/16/2012

Today Veteran's Voice presents an archival program on the Bonus Soldiers March, which started here in Portland. The Bonus Army was an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups—who gathered in Washington, D.C., in the spring and summer of 1932 to demand immediate cash-payment redemption of their service certificates. They also discuss the Kellogg–Briand Pact (also called the General Treaty for the Renunciation of War or the World Peace Act) which was an agreement signed on August 27, 1928, by the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Italy. The Kellogg–Briand Pact is named after its authors: Frank B. Kellogg and French foreign minister Aristide Briand.

  • Length: 54:52 minutes (25.12 MB)
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David Swanson, about his new book The Military Industrial Complex at 50

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Fri, 02/17/2012
 

Hosts Marvin Simmons and Bill Bires of Northwest Vets for Peace speak with writer, reporter and speaker David Swanson, about his new book

The Military Industrial Complex at 50

. He is also the author of

Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union

,

War Is A Lie

, and

When the World Outlawed War

.

  • Length: 33:25 minutes (5.74 MB)
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Mark Thompson on his recent article, "The Other 1 Percent"

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Fri, 01/20/2012

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace interview Time Magazine investigative reporter Mark Thompson about his recent article, "The Other 1 Percent," on the increasing disconnect and distance between the military and the rest of the U.S. population.

Thompson has reported extensively from Afghanistan and Iraq, reporting on the progress of the conflicts there and the unexpected lack of armor for the U.S. military, and has written four major pieces on the true costs of the Iraq war -- an early look at the war's wounded, a study of the U.S. troops killed in a single week, the lonely vigil of an Ohio family whose son was the first American soldier in this war to be listed as missing in action, whose remains were ultimately recovered in March, 2008, and the death of a GI at the hands of Army medicine a year after he was slightly wounded in Iraq.

  • Length: 50:55 minutes (46.61 MB)
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Revisiting Vietnam; Survival Guilt and Diagnosing PTSD and the Reintegration of Veterans

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Fri, 12/16/2011

Marvin Simmons and Bill Bires of Northwest Vets for Peace discuss Marvin's recent three-month visit to Vietnam. They'll also talk about the "Survival Guilt" used to diagnose PTSD. And, if there is time, they will look at veterans reintegrating back into society.

  • Length: 53:11 minutes (48.69 MB)
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Women on War Part 2

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Fri, 11/18/2011

Today's show features Part 2 of "Woman on War," a panel discussion from the Veterans' Voice archive. This program was initially broadcast in the early 90's. Carolyn Mills interviews women who have been affected by war.

  • Length: 53:06 minutes (48.61 MB)
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Veteran's Voice 10/21/2011

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Fri, 10/28/2011

An interview with Don Blackburn, Viet Nam veteran-peace activist-poet,who will talk about "All You Have Given: Meditations on War, Peace & Reconciliation" his book of poems. He will also read from his book.

Don Blackburn was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1947 and raised in Southern California. Boyhood interests included sports, surfing, music and reading. He graduated from Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, California in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army 1966-68, in Viet Nam 1967-68, attached to the 116th transportation company for most of the time, in and around Cam Ranh Bay; he was also at Long Binh and Bear Cat for a short time. He graduated from Humboldt State University in 1973 with a B.A. in English and went on to earn an M.A. at Humboldt in English/Teaching of Writing. Don taught at high school and university level for 27 years. He is a published poet and short story writer. Don maintains a home on forest land in Bandon, Oregon, and lives part of each year in Viet Nam where he volunteers with several humanitarian projects. He is a practicing Buddhist and a member of Veterans For Peace. Don Blackburn also belongs to a veterans group that does presentations in schools, works with veterans' issues, etc.

  • Length: 38:17 minutes (35.05 MB)
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Comments

Oregonian article

Congrats on having the Oregonian notice your fine work ('s about time, huh?)

Good job, guys!

Martha

Feres Doctrine and Health Care Reform

Dear Reader,

My husband and I are disabled veterans, and co-creators of the website called http://www.erniesfootprints.com. We developed this site to tell our story of the military medical malpractice and gross injustices we faced at the hands of military doctors and disloyal service members which ultimately led to our son Ernie's premature birth and subsequent death hours later.

In our year long research of Military Malpractice we have been following a bill that was presented to Congress by Congressman Maurice Hinchey called The Carmelo Rodriguez Military Malpractice Accountability Act of 2009 H.R. 1478. This bill, if passed will allow the following:

CLAIMS BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES FOR CERTAIN INJURIES CAUSED BY IMPROPER MEDICAL CARE. PLEASE ASK YOURSELF THIS:

Q. Should military doctors deny prenatal care to pregnant soldiers?

Q. Should doctors be allowed to do the following without the fear of being sued:

Botch operations, prescribe wrong medication, misdiagnose medical conditions, ignore important

health information concerning their patients?

The Feres Doctrine is a law that doesn't allow military service members to sue for any Medical Screw Ups, including those that aren't combat related. Feres also bars suits of any kind brought by service members. When one enlists, they give up the right to redress, PERIOD! God forbid there is ever a draft....

Many bills have been presented to Congress to Overturn the Feres Doctrine, but NONE have come as close to being voted to law like H.R. 1478 has. Many would like to know what the bottom line of Health Care and Tort Reform would be like? Here's the answer; FERES DOCTRINE! Could you imagine what will happen if health care reform allows your doctors to be held unaccountable for medical malpractice!?

You can choose to do something about this, or ignore it all together and hope that you or someone you love are never faced with having to receive careless medical treatment, but then CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, because your constitutional rights have been revoked as ours have been!

Don't ignore this issue like many congressmen and various reporting agencies have. Fighting for human rights, your rights, our rights, everyones rights, should not have been the daunting task it has been for us. It's time to put aside our bread and circus and take the appropriate action. Many of our political powers favor the Feres Doctrine and don't see fit to overturn it, and won't unless people like ourselves organize and voice our concerns. LOUDLY!

Very few people know of the Feres Doctrine. This must change! Until this law is overturned, it is our responsibility to take and active role in educating and protecting impressionable young men and women about the rights they will be losing if they enlist in the military, and warning them of those who value "military discipline" over the lives of Americans serving in the armed forces today!

If people are informed of the rights they'll lose due to the Feres Doctrine, and still enlist in the service, then they were informed and it's their choice to do so right or wrong. However, recruiters aren't telling them. People aren't talking about it, and our news media aren't interested. We couldn't protect our son Ernie, but we can at least protect others from losing their loved ones. Knowledge is power. If the Feres Doctrine is widely defended as it has been for past 60 years than it shouldn't have an effect on military recruitment should it? Especially now when they need it the most, and if it does, perhaps the needed changes will be made. It is up to all of us to make this happen.

Since this is information our country's leaders are not affording you the opportunity to know up front, we are providing you with it. Supporting our cause supports human rights. For more information please visit www.erniesfootprints.com

THANK YOU!

T-

 

U.S.S. LIberty

I am a regular listener to your invormative and important show. However, I am wondering why I have never heard a show on the deadly attack and immoral cover up of the U.S.S. Liberty ? Have you done a program on this attack and the and the long term impact on our service men cuased by the denial and cover up? Senator McCains father held a very strong opinion on this horrible incident. Perhaps this is an apporperate time to discuss or revisit this historic event. Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing from you Patti McKniff

U.S.S. Liberty

Hello, Great idea. I know a website that deals with this subject. Will talk to those folks about doing a show. Peace, Marvin

vets cant win

After reading your plea for work I do think you need to remember that you are now in the civilian world.
Yes, you sound like you have a lot of qualifications and skills in certain areas, but to hire you with out you obtaining the necessary licenses puts the employer at risk of breaking laws and possibly being sued. Businesses have to be compliant with all these things in order to protect themselves and other employees on the job. Union appreticships are a wonderful way to start and you will be getting paid while learning. Keep looking in that direction and i beleive you will find your place. The rest of us are working 2-3 jobs here in the civilian world to stay afloat. Please dont feel like you are the only one. Good luck to you. Dont forget to vote.

Songs written by a Vietnam Veteran

Hi: I'm a service-connected disabled vet who is also a songwriter. Please have a listen to the songs I've written from a very personal place.
My Best,
Walt Cronin

SHORT BIO
Walt Cronin collaborated with his former, fellow songwriter, on their debut CD "The Gousters" in 2005. It remained in the top 50 alternative country category on Roots Music Report for 60 weeks. Walt is a former navy corpsman (medic) that served with a Marine platoon in Vietnam in 1970. His songs are memoirs of the heartache of war and it's aftermath with a beautiful love ballad thrown into the mix. Staying true to the folk history of societal woes with some bright new tunes finish off this eclectic blend of strong lyrical content and melodies.

Since the release of their debut album ‘The Gousters” in 2005, Walt Cronin has continued to compose, on his own. This CD written and sung by Cronin has many of the elements of the first CD. “ It is definitely in the folk americana tradition,” says Marty Beal, the producer and arranger of Walt’s CD from the Racketroom in Santa Ana, CA where all the recordings took place.

Marty wore many hats in this musical composition playing most of the instruments all the while, enhancing Walt’s creative style with musical expertise. Walt, the singer / songwriter on this, his self-titled CD has brought to light his own heartfelt melodies which are the result of many influences from sixties musings with a contemporary folk rock feel.

Thanks in advance for your possible consideration,

Walt Cronin

www.thegousters.com
www.myspace.com/gousters ( 6 songs)

Viet Nam

Hello Walt,

  Was going over some past email and came across yours. Hope this catches you in good health. I'm in Viet Nam writung you from Nha Trang. Came over with another Nam vet. Was in HCMC, Hue, and Hanoi. Now in Nha Trang but going back to Hanoi on the 24th of Oct then home to Oregon on Nov 1st. Got any more Viet Nam songs to start one of our Veterans Voice Radio Shows?

Hoa Binh,

Marvin

 

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