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

Veteran's Voice on 06/15/12

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Fri, 06/15/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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"The Bunker Project"

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.

Veteran's Voice on 04/20/12

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Fri, 04/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance tell their stories

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.

Veteran's Voice on 03/16/12

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Fri, 03/16/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Bonus Soldiers March and the Kellogg–Briand Pact

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.

Veteran's Voice on 02/17/12

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Fri, 02/17/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Military Industrial Complex at 50

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.

Veteran's Voice on 01/20/12

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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Mark Thompson on his recent article, "The Other 1 Percent"

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.

Veteran's Voice on 12/16/11

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Fri, 12/16/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Revisiting Vietnam; Survival Guilt and Diagnosing PTSD and the Reintegration of Veterans

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.

Veteran's Voice on 11/18/11

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Fri, 11/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Women on War, Part 2: Carolyn Mills interviews women affected by war

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.

Veteran's Voice on 10/21/11

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Fri, 10/21/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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An interview with Don Blackburn, Viet Nam veteran-peace activist-poet

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.

Veteran's Voice on 09/16/11

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Fri, 09/16/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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From the Veteran's Voice archives "Women on War"

Co-host Marvin Simmons writes from Duc Hoa, Viet Nam: "The radio show this month is a celebration of our 20 years with KBOO 90.7 fm radio. The program is an archival show from the early 1990's called "Women on War." The host is Carolyn Mills, who interviews 3 women whose lives have been affected by war."

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

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David Swanson about his recent article "The Peace Movement's Progress."

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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/

More information about Daybreak is available at Books on KBOO.

Michael Zweig on the war and the working class: "The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret"

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Fri, 04/16/2010

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace interview Michael Zweig, author of The Working Class Majority:
America's Best Kept Secret
, about "The War and the Working Class.Michael Zweig is Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he has won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has served two terms on the state executive board of United University Professions, Local 2190, American Federation of Teachers, representing nearly 25,000 faculty and professional staff throughout the SUNY system. His earlier books include Religion and Economic Justice and The Idea of a World University.

Dealing with PTSD

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Fri, 03/19/2010

Hosts Marvin Simmons, Bill Bires and John Timothy speak with Stacey Mullins who works with veterans on how to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Francis Boyle brings complaint to the International Criminal Court; Jeff Paterson reviews Stop-Loss effects

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Fri, 02/19/2010

      Hosts Marvin Simmons, Bill Bires and John Timothy of Northwest Vets for Peace interview Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. Professor Boyle has filed a complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, & Alberto Gonzale for their criminal policy & practice of “extraordinary rendition” & torture perpetrated on about 100 human beings. Professor Boyle's latest book is Tackling America’s Toughest Questions (Clarity Press, 2009.           In the second part of the show the guest is Jeff Paterson, project director of Courage to Resist. He will talk about stop-loss and it's effect on military personnel.President Obama has publicly pledged to phase out stop-loss, the practice of involuntarily extending soldiers' contracts. However, with two ongoing wars, the practice is still  being used to fill the 
ranks, with 13,000 soldiers currently serving involuntary extensions of their contracts."                                                           Stop-lossed Army Specialist Marc Hall (aka Hip Hop artist Marc Watercus) was placed in the Liberty County Jail Friday, December 11 for speaking out against the continuing policy that has barred him from exiting the military, including recording an angry and explicit song. Servicemembers do not completely give up their rights to free speech, and certainly not when they do so artistically while off duty. However, the military intends to hold Marc in the county jail for months of pre-trial punishment before court martial. This could become a precedent setting case for boundaries of dissent within the ranks.  Hear Hall Song:
  "Stop Loss"  

Is the Military Ignoring Heroin Problem in its Ranks?

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Fri, 11/20/2009

 Hosts Marvin Simmons and Bill Bires of Northwest Vets for peace speak with reporter Shaun McCanna who has written about the use of drugs by the military in Afghanistan.

Veteran's Voice 06/19/2009

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Thu, 06/18/2009
Hosted by: Bill Bires, Marvin R. Simmons
With Northwest Vets for Peace

Christian Appy, Vietnam War Historian

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Thu, 04/16/2009
Hosted by: Bill Bires, Marvin R. Simmons

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace speak with war historian Christian Appy about his book PATRIOTS: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides, the first oral history to bring together a diversity of voices and viewpoints that dramatically reveal the war’s impact on millions of men, women and children; civilians and combatants; Americans and Vietnamese. 

Services for Women Vets

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Thu, 03/19/2009

Hosted by: Bill Bires, Marvin R. Simmons

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace focus on the issues of women veterans of the war in Iraq. Hosts Marvin, Bill, and J.T. speak with Nancy Sloan, program manager of the Veterans Health Services for Women at the Portland VA Medical Center. For information call 503 220-8262, ext 55595 or ext 54838. Their next focus group meeting is on March 31st from 12 to 1 at 8383 NE Sandy Blvd at the Vet's Center.

The show also mentioned the National Womens History Project, 3343 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa, California 95403.

Aaron Glantz: "The War Comes Home"

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Tue, 02/17/2009

 

Hosts Bill Bires, Marvin R. Simmons,  Northwest Vets for Peace speak with journalist Aaron Glantz about his new book, The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans, the first book to systematically document the U.S. government's neglect of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Glantz, who reported extensively from Iraq during the first three years of this war, interviewed more than one hundred recent war veterans about their lives since returning home.

 

Iraq Vets Against the War: Speaking Truth

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Tue, 01/20/2009

 

Northwest Vets for Peace Marvin, Bill and John speak with members of Iraq Vets Against the War, Portland.

 

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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

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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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