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In March 2008, hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans gathered outside Washington, DC to talk about what they saw and did in combat. Their personal stories showed how the military occupation of a foreign country inevitably leads to war crimes, an increase in racism, dehumanization, and sexism. They also spoke of the difficulties veterans are having obtaining proper medical care, and the methods they’re using to fight back.
On this edition, Aaron Glantz and Esther Manilla bring us “Veterans Speak Out: Winter Soldier.”
Sergeant Adam Kokesh, United States Marine Corps; Sergeant Kristofer Goldsmith, United States Army; Lance Corporal Jon Michael Turner, United States Marine Corps; Sergeant Aaron Hughes, Illinois National Guard; Specialist Michael Totten, United States Army; Sergeant Kelly Dougherty, Colorado National Guard, Executive Director, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Specialist Garett Reppenhagen, United States Army; Specialist Jeffrey Smith, Florida Army National Guard; Specialist Hart Viges, United States Army; Private First Class, Vincent Emanule, United States Marine Corps; Specialist Steve Mortillo, United States Army; Corporal Michael Prysner, United States Army Reserve; Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia, Florida Army National Guard, Chair of the Board of Directors, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Sergeant Logan Laituri, United States Army; Sergeant Daniel Fanning, Wisconsin Army National Guard.
“Instrumental,” Ben Harper
“Society,” Eddie Vedder
“No More,” Eddie Vedder
“Hero’s Song,” Brendan James
Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Kahnh Pham
Interns: Elena Botkin-Levy and Aubrey Green
For more information:
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) – Philadelphia, PA
Complete video archives of Winter Soldier are available at Iraq Veterans Against the War’s website, www.ivaw.org.
For complete audio archives of Winter Soldier: www.warcomeshome.org.
In September 2008, Haymarket Books (www.haymarketbooks.org) will publish Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations by Iraq Veterans Against the War and Aaron Glantz, with a forward by Anthony Swofford.
Also in September 2008, Displaced Films and Northern Light Productions will release a documentary film version of Winter Soldier. More information at www.sirnosir.com.