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Taken from When He Was Good by Marc Levy:

After the shooting stops, after the wounded girl is hoisted away, after we walk past the bodies and the man with no head, after the RTO curses after stepping in brains, the lieutenant says,"You gonna put me in for the Purple Heart, Doc?" Here is how it happened: In one great flash BAANG the mines explode. The enemy shrieks like animals, the howls so bad we cover our ears. The survivors run past firing volleys to draw us out. When they are gone the wounded wail for hours until they are dead. In the morning we recon the automatic ambush. A half dozen bodies lie bunched in a heap. A few meters on, a man locked in rigor mortis, sits on a tree stump, his death face intact. All are riddled or ripped apart by the Claymore's whizzing steel pellets. The lieutenant walks forward. "Chieu hoi!" he shouts. But the old man will not surrender and lifts his AK and the lieutenant wastes him. BRRRAAPP. Then everyone opens up.... Read More

Also In This Issue:

  1. Veterans and Nurses Fight for Improvements at the Jesse Brown VA by Robert Clack
  2. Remembering the Christmas Bombing by Interview with Barry Romo by Jen Tayabji
  3. From the National Office by Bill Branson
  4. VVAW Military and Veterans Counseling Closing: VVAW Still Fights On by VVAW
  5. Fraggin' by Bill Shunas
  6. Notes from the Boonies by Paul Wisovaty
  7. Corpses, Corpses (poem) by Tim Bagwell
  8. Celebration of the Life of David Cline by Susan Schnall
  9. COVVHA Testifies to the Institute of Medicine by Heather Bowser
  10. Missing in Action in the Twenty-First Century by Bruce Franklin
  11. Kill Anything That Moves by John Ketwig (reviewer)
  12. Turse's Take on US Atrocities in Vietnam by Horace Coleman (reviewer)
  13. Confessions of a War Criminal by R. G. Cantalupo
  14. Stop the Killing! Ground the Drones! by Louie De Benedette
  15. A Veteran's Perspective on Gun Violence by Thomas Bayard
  16. The Gun Line by Gregory Ross
  17. It's People Who Kill People... With Guns by Bill Andrews
  18. The Dark (poem) by August Steiner-Zehender
  19. "Violence is as American as Cherry Pie!" by Horace Coleman
  20. Guns by Harold Pettus
  21. Oxy, the Smart Bomb by Bily X. Curmano
  22. Worries at the Pentagon (cartoon) by Jeff Danzinger
  23. Women in Combat: Can We Talk About This? by Jerry Lembcke
  24. How to Live with Killing (poem) by Horace Coleman
  25. Cheating the Reaper (poem) by W.D. Ehrhart
  26. Christmas Bombings 1972 by Susan Schnall
  27. Nixon Sabotaged Paris Peace Talks and Our Future by Daniel C. Lavery
  28. Telegram by VVAW
  29. John Piester - An Unsung Hero by Cindy Piester
  30. Hagel Critics (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  31. Vietnam: A Time Capsule by Suzanne Cogan
  32. When He Was Good by Marc Levy
  33. Creative Transformation Through Art Therapy by Trina Irish
  34. Forming Relationships of Understanding Promotes Healing by Amy Blumenshine
  35. Student Response by John Ketwig
  36. No Fear (poem) by Paul Nichols
  37. Jimi (poem) by William J. Reiter
  38. Uncoiling (poem) by Paul Hellweg
  39. The Gun Problem No One Talks About: Shooting Ranges in Schools by Rick Jahnkow
  40. America, Listen To Your Veterans by Rick Harrienger
  41. A Message of Gratitude by Dan New
  42. Saudis Now Providing Arms for Syrian Arms (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  43. To End All Wars by Tom Blakemore (reviewer)
  44. Look Not Unto the Morrow by David Swanson (reviewer)
  45. US to Supply Non-lethal Aid (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  46. A Warriors Psalm from Vietnam (poem) by Sgt. Charles F. Harrienger, Jr.
  47. RECOLLECTIONS: Christmas Forty Years Ago: Random Thoughts About the Roar of War Planes by Douglas M. Mason
  48. In the foxhole with neocons (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  49. 2012 VVAW Events (photos) by VVAW