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 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.

Veteran's Voice on 09/17/10

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Fri, 09/17/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Vaccine-A: The Covert Government Experiment that's Killing Our Soldiers.

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.

Veteran's Voice on 08/20/10

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Fri, 08/20/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Gulf War Illness - Getting to the Bottom of It

Hosts Northwest Vets for Peace interview Jim Bunker, President of the National Gulf War Resource Center about Desert Storm and Gulf War Illness. The National Gulf War Resource Center is made up of Veterans and non-Veterans who want to get to the bottom of Gulf War Illness. They also will discuss the rare disease mesothelioma, an asbestos cancer that is common among veterans.

http://www.ngwrc.org/

Veteran's Voice on 07/16/10

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Fri, 07/16/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The Peace Movement's Progress

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).

Veteran's Voice on 06/18/10

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Fri, 06/18/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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New Executive Director of Veterans For Peace

Guests include the new Executive Director of Veterans For Peace, Dennis Lane. Lane is he against war in principle in resolving issues, but he is especially concerned about the personal impact that combat has on the military personnel.

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/Bio_dennis_lane.vp.html

We'll also have a look at the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Co-host Bill Bires is a veteran of that war.

 

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

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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

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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

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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  GIvoice.com 

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

Twelve Women Assaulted in Iraq

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Tue, 08/19/2008

The guest is Larry Scott of va.watchdog.org.  They  also discuss  an article by  Irene Weiser  on  Twelve Women Assaulted in  Iraq.  That  article is available on  commondreams.org. And they discuss an article called, Women and War: The Toll of Deployment on Physical Health. To reference it, go to www.sitemaker.umich.edu/afwomen/home. Also Elli George at oif@isr.umich.edu.

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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

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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