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.


The War Behind Me:Vietnam Vets Confront the Truth about U.S. War Crimes

program date: 
Wed, 12/31/2008

The guest is Deborah Nelson, author of The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about U.S. War Crimes. Nelson is the Carnegie Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland College of Journalism. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1997 and was a project editor on Pulitzer Prize-winning investigations in 2001 and 2006.

Michael Schwartz, author of War Without End

program date: 
Tue, 11/18/2008

Members of Northwest Vets for Peace interview Michael Schwartz, author of War Without End: the Iraq War in Context.

Michael Schwartz, professor of sociology and faculty director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University, has written extensively on the war in Iraq at websites including TomDispatch, ZNet, Asia Times, and Mother Jones, and in numerous magazines, including Contexts, Against the Current, and Z Magazine.


Winter Soldiers

program date: 
Wed, 10/22/2008

On the  Oct 15 Veterans' Voice the talk there is discussion of the Winter Soldier Program with veterans testimony in Portland on Sat. Oct 18.  Also Seth provides  additional info about 

  • Title: Winter Soldiers
  • Length: 52:20 minutes (23.96 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Twelve Women Assaulted in Iraq

program date: 
Tue, 08/19/2008

The guest is Larry Scott of  They  also discuss  an article by  Irene Weiser  on  Twelve Women Assaulted in  Iraq.  That  article is available on And they discuss an article called, Women and War: The Toll of Deployment on Physical Health. To reference it, go to Also Elli George at


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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