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.

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Jerry Lembcke tells how PTSD has shaped Viet Nam Veterans identity
 

Episode Archive

Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks

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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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How the Viet Nam War is Remembered

Join Bill and Marvin when they interview Penny Lewis. Ms Lewis is the author of "Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: the Viet Nam antiwar movement as myth and memory." She talks about how memory of that time has changed and how history is being rewritten by some historians. She also talks about the difference between the middle class and working class and what group of Americans were the first to protest our involment in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam Adventure

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Fri, 02/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with author Don Blackburn

Join Bill, Arlene and Marvin when they interview Viet Nam veteran and author Don Blackburn. Don is an Oregon native and the author of two book about his time in Viet Nam as a soilder and  then as a peace maker. His books "All They Gave" and "Into the Heart" are filled with poems and stories about Viet Nam then and now.

Gulf War Veterans

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Fri, 01/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Interview with 2 Gulf War veterans

Join Arlene, Bill and Marvin when they will interview Gulf War veterans Ian LaValle and Angie Hines.

Day of Deceit

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Fri, 12/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The government had knowlege that Pearl Harbor would be attack.

"Day of Deceit, The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor". Robert B. Stinnett wrote this book to show how the government knew the attack on Pearl Harbor would happen.

The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars

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Fri, 11/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars
Join Bill, Arlene and Marvin when they interview John Tirman. John Tirman wrote "The Deaths of Others: The fate of civilians in America's Wars". John tells how civilians are used as targets in war. How civilians are not counted as vicitms in war. Civilians are considered as collaterale damage in war. Armies are judge, jury and executioners during war. Civilian deaths are one of the many horrid aspects of war.

They Were Soldiers Once: How The Wounded Return from America's Wars

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Fri, 10/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ann Jones,author and journalist
Join Bill, Arlene and Marvin when they will interview Ann Jones. Ann is a journalist and author. She writes about women's and humanitarian issues. Books include, Women Who Kill and Kabul in Winter. Her new book, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return From America's Wars, comes out this November.

Veteran Suicides and Other Issues of War and Peace

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Fri, 09/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Vets and Suicide

Join Bill, Arlene and Marvin as they discuss veteran suicides and other issues dealing with war and peace. The phone lines will be open for part of this months show. Hope you will be listening Friday Sept 20 at 9:00 am on KBOO 90.7fm. Hoa Binh!

Veteran's Voice Radio Show on 07/12/13

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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Pilots suffering from Agent Orange illness from planes used for spraying during Viet Nam War.

Join us when we will talk with Wes Carter who is dealing with Agent Orange. He flew a plane after the Viet Nam War that had been used to spray Agent Orange during the war. He and other are suffering from illnesses because the Agent Orange saturated the plane.

Veteran's Voice Radio Show on 06/21/13

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Fri, 06/21/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Bombing of the people living in Plain of Jars, Laos

We will be speaking with Fred Branfman author of "Voices From the Plain of Jars." He will talk about the secret bombing of the Loatian people during America's war going on in Viet Nam.  More bombs were drop on this area of Laos than were drop in World War II.

Veteran's Voice Radio Show on 05/17/13

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Fri, 05/17/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ant-war music

Join Bill, Arlene and Marvin when they will play anti-war songs from the Viet Nam era and also some songs from World War I and the present day perpetual wars.

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Jess Goodell on her memoir: "Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq"

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Fri, 08/19/2011

 Veteran's Voice Hosts Marvin Simmonss and Bill Bires interview Jess Goodell on her memoir Shade it Black, Death and After in Iraq.

In 2008, CBS' Chief Foreign Correspondent, Lara Logan, candidly speculated about the human side of the war in Iraq: "Tell me the last time you saw the body of a dead American soldier. What does that look like? Who in America knows what that looks like? Because I know what that looks like, and I feel responsible for the fact that no one else does..." Logan's query raised some important yet ignored questions: How did the remains of American service men and women get from the dusty roads of Fallujah to the flag-covered coffins at Dover Air Force Base? And what does the gathering of those remains tell us about the nature of modern warfare and about ourselves? These questions are the focus of Jess Goodell's story, Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq.

 Jess enlisted in the Marines immediately after graduating from high school in 2001, and in 2004 she volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps' first officially declared Mortuary Affairs unit in Iraq. Her platoon was tasked with recovering and processing the remains of fallen soldiers.

Vietnam War triage nurse Arlene Edwards on her experiences in Portable Hospital in 1968

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Tue, 06/21/2011

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.

Bob Chenowith, former prisoner of war in Hanoi, pt 2: Experiences in prison

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Fri, 05/20/2011

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.

 

Bob Chenowith, former prisoner of war in Hanoi

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Fri, 04/15/2011

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.

  • Length: 54:45 minutes (50.13 MB)
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Counseling services offered by Portland Vet Center

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Fri, 03/18/2011

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

Returning vets at risk for suicide -- a challenge to mental health care in the armed forces

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Fri, 12/17/2010

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

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.

 Returning Veterans Project is a nonprofit organization comprised of politically unaffiliated and independent health care practitioners who offer free and confidential* services to veterans and their families of the current Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. Volunteers include mental health professionals, acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, physicians, massage therapists, and other complementary health care providers. We believe it is our collective responsibility to offer support and healing for the short and long-term repercussions of war zone service on veterans and their families.olunteers include mental health professionals, acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, physicians, massage therapists, and other complementary health care providers. Returning Veterans Project believes it is our collective responsibility to offer support and healing for the short and long-term repercussions of war zone service on veterans and their families.

returningveterans.org/

  • Length: 51:25 minutes (35.31 MB)
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Veteran's Voice on 10/15/10 with guest Brian Willson

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Fri, 10/15/2010

Northwest Vets for Peace Marvin Simmons, Bill Bires and John Timothy speak with anti-war activists 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.

As a trained lawyer and writer, Brian Willson has documented U.S. policy in nearly two dozen countries. Since 1986, Willson has studied on-site policies in a number of countries, among them Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Cuba, Haiti, Iraq, Israel (and Palestinian territories), Japan, and Korea, both North and South. Documenting the pattern of policies that he says "violate U.S. Constitutional and international laws prohibiting aggression and war crimes."

In 1987, while engaged in a protest of U.S. weapons to Central America, Willson and other members of a Veterans Peace Action Team blocked railroad tracks at the Concord, California Naval Weapons Station. An approaching train did not stop, and struck the veterans. Willson was hit, ultimately losing both legs below the knee while suffering a severe skull fracture with loss of his right frontal lobe. Subsequently, he discovered that he had been identified for more than a year as an FBI domestic "terrorist" suspect under President Reagan's anti-terrorist task force provisions and that the train crew that day had been ordered not to stop the train to prevent any Hijacking attempts. Willson filed a law suit contending that the Navy and individual supervisors were given ample warning of their plan to block the tracks, and that the train crew had time to stop—which the subsequent official Navy report confirmed. The train crew filed a law suit against Willson, requesting punitive damages for the "humiliation, mental anguish, and physical stress" they suffered as a result of the incident, which was dismissed. Willson later agreed to settle his lawsuit against the Government and train crew for $920,000.

Willson was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award at the Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston on September 26, 1992

Willson now lives in Portland.

  • Length: 35:27 minutes (24.34 MB)
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Gary Matsumoto: "Vaccine-A: The Covert Government Experiment that's Killing Our Soldiers"

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Fri, 09/17/2010

 

Northwest Vets for Peace interview Gary Matsumoto, author of Vaccine-A: The Covert Government Experiment that's Killing Our Soldiers. Vaccine-A uncovers a story of betrayal—the betrayal of the men and women who serve in the armed forces, the betrayal of medical ethics, and the betrayal of the American people by military and civilian leaders sworn to defend and protect. Veteran journalist Gary Matsumoto shows that the worst friendly-fire incident in military history came from something no soldier had any reason to think would harm him: a vaccine administered by the military's own medics.

Gary Matsumoto, a journalist based in New York City, has reported from thirty-two different countries on five continents, covered two wars and five popular uprisings, and won ten journalism awards. He has been the London Bureau Manager and Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC Radio News; a National Correspondent for NBC's Weekend Today Show and Senior Correspondent for the Fox News Channel. As a broadcaster, he has covered events ranging from the toppling of the Communist Party in Eastern Europe to Desert Storm, the Tiananmen Square massacre to the death of Princess Diana. He has written about the anthrax letter attacks for the Washington Post and Science magazine. His 1998 article in Vanity Fair was the first to draw the connection between the anthrax vaccine and Gulf War Syndrome. 

Veteran's Voice for 7-16-10

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Fri, 07/16/2010

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace interview David Swanson about his recent article "The Peace Movement's Progress."

David Swanson is the author of "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" by Seven Stories Press (2009) and of the introduction to "The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush," by Dennis Kucinich (2008).

Swanson holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org and Washington Director of Democrats.com, a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace, and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and chair of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee.

www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/53735

davidswanson.org/

  • Length: 53:28 minutes (48.95 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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