“Where Soldiers Come From”

(Courtesy of Heather Courtney)

[ A  FILM  REVIEW ] Last Tuesday, September 13th, I was back in one of my old neighborhoods, the Stuyvesant Square area of Manhattan, where I lived when I first moved to New York City in 1972. The neighborhood is contiguous with the sprawling Beth Israel Medical Center, where I was both a client and later worked as an alcoholism counselor in the mid-70s, my first job as a medical professional. It was a nostalgic trip … [Read more...]

Coming Home: A Military War Resister Returns From Canada

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Forty two years ago, I was a soldier in the U. S. Army. It was 1969. The Viet Nam war was raging. Over 500 unarmed old men, women, and children had been murdered at My Lai by U.S. soldiers, and a pattern of war atrocities and White House lies about the war was being exposed. The South Vietnamese government was shown to be hopelessly corrupt and ineffective, and the South Vietnamese Army was unable to hold their own … [Read more...]

The Battle Over PTSD

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The battle over the meaning of a traumatic experience is fought in the arena of political discourse, popular culture and scholarly debate. The outcome of this battle shapes the rhetoric of the dominant culture and influences future political action. Kali Tal, Worlds Of Hurt: Reading the Literature of Trauma _______________ There’s a major struggle for meaning going on in America now that centers on war trauma … [Read more...]

The Truth Set Him Free: Ehren Watada vs. the U.S. Army

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In June 2006, Lieutenant Ehren Watada became the first U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to Iraq.  After almost three years of intense political and legal struggle, he won his discharge from the Army on October 2, 2009.  He never did a single day in jail. His journey from a believer in his government and Army to GI resister is a dramatic tale of uncovering lies, finding the truth, and daring to take a stand … [Read more...]