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As the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq enters its fifth year, a group of veterans load onto school buses in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and head south. They are off to talk with soldiers, not about fighting war but about stopping war. So what happens when soldiers talk to soldiers about the Iraq War?
On this edition, Making Contact’s Sarah Olson brings us along for the ride. We meet the veterans who spent a week traveling to military base towns throughout the south, and we hear from people they encountered along the way.
Ricky Clousing, former sergeant in the Army’s 82nd airborne division, Ft. Bragg;Sandy Kelson, in the Army between 1963 and 1966 and member of Veterans for Peace; Cherie Eichholz, staff member at Veterans for Peace, organizer behind convoy; Pat Tate and Bill Hill, bus drivers for convoy and Vietnam veterans; Lori Tinsley, mother of Specialist Logan Tinsley, Captain Ben Gatskey,Private First Class Ryan Fullan and anonymous woman, Ft. Stewart soldiers; Kevin and Monica Benderman, conscientious objector and his wife; MyEsha Johnson and Shellaya Johnson, Mayport Naval Station; Al Zappala, member of convoy, war veteran, son killed in action.
Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Freelance Producer: Sarah Olson
Interns: Puck Lo, Alexis McCrimmon and Samson Reiny
For more information:
Veterans for Peace – St. Louis MO
Iraq Veterans Against the War – Philadelphia, PA
Appeal for Redress – Washington, DC