My Awakening: Tap An Bac, Quang Ngai, Vietnam, March 15, 1969

Bill Kelly FEA

By Billy Kelly I am probably the only American alive who knows this hamlet's name. On March 15, 1969, I was involved in an all-day battle in this very area—mercifully, the only one of my brief military career. The combat took place within a two-kilometer by four-kilometer area. I remember the name because I received a few citations with this hamlet's name printed on them, and the date of the action was noted. I was … [Read more...]

The Gravest Consequence of War is Silence

Wolff

Editor’s note: These remarks were given November 12th by Dr. Nancy Wolff at the annual Veterans Day ceremony put on by the Vietnam Veterans of America inmate chapter inside Graterford State Prison near Philadelphia. Dr. Wolff was the ceremony’s Special Guest Speaker.  Also attending and speaking were Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and  former US Navy Vice Admiral and Congressman Joe … [Read more...]

The Nice Thing About Being Little

Gateway Greening FE

We all know stories about wealthy people never having enough, being addicted to acquisition. We look upon financiers making millions, wanting to accumulate more millions and wonder why? We watch our politicians woo  financiers, achieving high office and leaving high office wealthy and hopelessly enslaved to their masters. It appears once a man’s better nature is allowed to wither the hole it leaves becomes … [Read more...]

Doing The Right Thing

LTC 2

By Joey King I first met Jerry Cashion during my sophomore year of college in the late summer of 1981. He was a big 18-year-old kid from southern, middle Tennessee who was a football star and hometown hero. I was also from a small town in Tennessee. We were in college Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) together. Both of us were caught up in the Reagan-era military hysteria of the early 1980s. We were instant friends … [Read more...]

Why a Combat Veteran Supports the Occupy Movement

Scarborough FEATURE

My name is Jim Scarborough. I'm a former infantry officer and a Vietnam combat veteran.  Some of you have seen the sign I'm carrying, urging other veterans to join us in support of the Occupy movement.   However, I'm not here today because I'm one of the 99%.  As a veteran, I'm proud to be a member of a very elite group of our society - not one of privilege, or wealth, or power - but one bound together by shared … [Read more...]