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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Episode Archive

Veterans Medical Needs

Air date: 
Fri, 05/16/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
C-123 Agent Orange Pilots Association and Returning Veterans Project

Join Bill, Angie and Marvin when they will interview Wes Carter of the C-123 Agent Orange Pilots Association who are in a suit against the Veterans Administration for medical care for Agent Orange problems. Also we will interview Belle of Returning Veterans Project on their programs to help Veterans

PTSD and Viet Nam Veterans Identity

Air date: 
Fri, 04/18/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jerry Lembcke tells how PTSD has shaped Viet Nam Veterans identity

Join Bill and Marvin as they interview Jerry Lembcke. Jerry is a Viet Nam Veteran, professor and author. His books are "The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Viet Nam", "CNN's Tailwind: Inside Viet Nam's Last Great Myth" and "Hanoi Jane: War,Sex and Fantasies of Betrayal"  His latest book is "PTSD: Diagnosis and Identity in Post-empire America." He will tell us how PTSD has shaped the image of Viet Nam Veterans in the eyes of the world.

Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks

Air date: 
Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Fri, 02/21/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Fri, 01/17/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Fri, 12/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Fri, 11/15/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Fri, 09/20/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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

Air date: 
Fri, 07/12/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
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.


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

program date: 
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, creator of and Washington Director of, 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.

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"

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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?

program date: 
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

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

Christian Appy, Vietnam War Historian

program date: 
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

program date: 
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"

program date: 
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

program date: 
Tue, 01/20/2009


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



Oregonian article

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

Good job, guys!


Feres Doctrine and Health Care Reform

Dear Reader,

My husband and I are disabled veterans, and co-creators of the website called 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:


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




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

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 ( 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,



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