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Agent Orange Monsanto Vigil

August 10 is Agent Orange day, Veterans For Peace San Francisco Chapter 69 invites you to a vigil against unethical corporate ‘practices of Monsanto who is also responsible for the manufacturing of Agent Orange. Monsanto, who recently lost a lawsuit for 2 billion dollars, indicating pesticide involvement in the occurrence of cancer, denies responsibility for the governments use of pesticide ... Read More »

Camera Obscura: War Movie

Marines pass a joint to one another in the dark void of southern Afghanistan and, in crackling night-vision green, the question arises: Did they think they would ever be stoned within range of enemy fire? War is a bitch. It takes the human soul, puts it through a grinder, and spits out a ripped and battered pit of despair. But ... Read More »

Transition Soldier

As of Friday evening the Trump administration issued a memo instituting a specific ban on transgender veterans who do need or will need surgery. It seems that gender reassignment is being cited as the reason for the promised ban. There are currently 15,550 transgender people in the military today. The memorandum signed by General Mattis essentially overturns the Obama era memorandum ... Read More »

War with Me

I’m built backwards.  I have legs for arms, hands for feet.  No, that’s not the right.  I was wise beyond my years, isn’t that the term your elders use when the first signs of intelligence spark in your eyes, and the grey mush inside your skull begins to take on some form?  Yeah, I think that’s it.   We all ... Read More »

VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection

VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection By Michael Bassett I am grateful to Veterans For Peace (VFP) for the life-changing experience they gave me at the VFP 30th Annual Convention recently held in San Diego, CA., and for honoring me with an invitation to speak before the Korea Peace Campaign about projects I’ve done on the Korean Peninsula – or as ... Read More »

Best Practices for Helping our Homeless Veterans

They sleep under bridges and hide in vacant door ways We once armed them and told them to: Defend Us. Once home they became: Homeless and Defenseless Our Government’s Response: We’re waging new wars And you’re no longer needed. You can make our day by moving out of our way. Why Have a Homeless Veterans Work Group? The homeless situation ... Read More »

It’s Not So Pretty in Emerald City

Emerald City, to the casual observer, projects nothing but grace and splendor but hiding around the corners are unwelcome offenders. They sleep under overpasses and hide in doorways. They’re always on the move, not because they want to, but because they’re told to. Homeless veterans are the hardest to witness. We armed them and commanded them to Defend Us Upon ... Read More »

Emerald City Revised

Every time I pick up friends or relatives at the San Diego Airport I enjoy watching their reactions as they see, for the first time, the San Diego skyline. They are particularly impressed with the breathtaking views at night. The bright lights shine like beacons; especially the Emerald Shapely Building with its slanted rooftop architecture and its emerald green sparkling ... Read More »

Tough Guys?

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney talked about going to war with Iran. This was based on his defending America and its allies. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal name of the Mormon Church) was a strong supporter of the Vietnam War, and the clean-cut young Romney protested against the people protesting the war. However, ... Read More »

Dogs of Comfort, Dogs of War

image: news9.com The embedded videos below are emotional reunions of deployed soldiers and their dogs. This article’s image uses a photo of Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson’s dog, Hawkeye. Images of Tumilson’s funeral went viral and touched a chord. I can imagine that for a dog outliving their master is very traumatic. PTSD suffering veterans swear by comfort ... Read More »

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