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THE VETERAN

THE VETERAN is the newspaper of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. In 1971 and 1972 it was published as 1st Casualty. From 1973 to 1975, it was published as Winter Soldier. In 1975, it became THE VETERAN.

THE VETERAN was the first voice of Vietnam veterans in America, and has consistently addressed issues of peace and justice. Original articles on Post Traumatic Stress and Agent Orange have appeared since its first year of publication.

THE VETERAN still continues publication two times a year. Articles from recent issues are available below.

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From God, Country, and Heroes Like Chris Kyle by R. G. Cantalupo:

I don't like heroes who are self-righteous and justify killing people with abstractions like God-Is-On-Our-Side, the American Flag, and fanatical Patriotism. So when I saw and read "The American Sniper," it brought home my differences as a Vietnam Veteran, a VVAW member, and a survivor of PTSD. And since I am in the middle of finishing my own memoir, "The Light Where Shadows End," I realized how diametrically opposed I am to what the book and movie perpetuates, and the very real dangers of the Chris Kyle world view. Here is an excerpt from my memoir, offered as contrast and counterpoint to the justification of the mentality that the only good hajji is a dead hajji and the dangerous pro-war attitude it perpetuates. Excerpt from "The Light Where Shadows End" "You gotta love this war." Spike said, panning his M-60 on a water buffalo lumbering through the elephant grass. "You really get off on this shit, don't you Spike?" "You don't?" "It is what it is... Read More

In This Issue:

  1. 50th Anniversary Commemoration vs. the Truth by John Ketwig
  2. A Tragic Anniversary: Reflections on Iraq, Activism, and Commitment by Vincent Emanuele
  3. RIP Dave Curry by VVAW
  4. From the National Office by Bill Branson
  5. Fraggin' by Bill Shunas
  6. A Tale of Two Veterans' Day Events by Meg Miner
  7. Basic Training for Our Mideast Policy (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  8. 1965: A Sailor Recalls the First Year of the "American War" by Joe Miller
  9. Worth Fighting For by Aaron Davis (reviewer)
  10. They Still Suffer: The Children of Iraq by Jennifer Cole
  11. Praying at the Altar (poem) by W. D. Ehrhart
  12. One Monk's Journey by Jack Klein
  13. American Reckoning by Daniel C. Lavery (reviewer)
  14. 1975 VVAW Demo at the VA (photos) by VVAW
  15. Myth and Memory by Kim Scipes (reviewer)
  16. War Is Not A Game by Gerald R. Gioglio (reviewer)
  17. Exploiting Korean War POWS by Ben Chitty (reviewer)
  18. Oxy, The Wise Bomb (cartoon) by Billy X. Curmano
  19. Myths, War Stories, and Adventures in Fred Rivera's "Raw Man" by R. G. Cantalupo (reviewer)
  20. Saying No To War by Bill Galvin
  21. Celebrate IVAW's History by Aaron Hughes
  22. The Forgotten Warriors by Dennis McBride
  23. Hearts Afire (poem) by Marc Levy
  24. Rain, Rain, Rain (poem) by Paul Cameron
  25. Holotrophic Village (poem) by Tomas Jose Juan Ascindro Giron
  26. The Greatest Generation? (poem) by Francis A. Boyle
  27. You Can Tell (poem) by Marcy Levy
  28. No Parades (poem) by Barry L. Reece
  29. Social Networking (poem) by Dayl Wise
  30. The Science of Absolution (Atonement) Dedicate to Michael (poem) by Gregory Ross
  31. Lost World by Dennis Ray Sutton
  32. Song of the Badlands (poem) by Bob McGlynn
  33. Veterans Mediation by Sharon Tracy
  34. Dewey Canyon IV Photos by VVAW
  35. Blood Chit by Jim Schmidt (reviewer)
  36. Secretary Swiftboat-Heinz (poem) by Bill Wisniewski
  37. First Friday: Incoming by Gregory Ross
  38. The Ex-Brothers of SAE (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  39. Indian Winter by Tomas Jose Juan Ascindro Giron
  40. Veterans Day 2014 by Bill Johnston
  41. God, Country, and Heroes Like Chris Kyle by R. G. Cantalupo
  42. Portrait of the Musician As Forever Moonlight by Michael Burke (reviewer)
  43. Fix VA Care by Thomas Manthe
  44. Letter to the Editor by G.I. Joe
  45. Winter Truce (photo) by VVAW
  46. Spitting Mad by Fred Samia
  47. Letter to the Editor by Thomas F. Barton
  48. Medic in the Green Time by Marc Levy
  49. RECOLLECTIONS: Spring of '72 by John Crandell
  50. VVAW July 4 Demo in Washington DC by VVAW
  51. Lieutenant Cotton (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  52. From the Archives (photos) by VVAW


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