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Veterans Life A Sound Publishing Monthly Magazine

July 2012





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Veterans organization For years I’ve been hoping that the political power of veterans would coalesce. Idealistic, perhaps naive, that daydream of the powerful united hasn’t turned out and probably never will. It’s only since taking on the Veterans Life project that I’m beginning to get a perspective as to why. Veterans are as varied a single demographic as exists. Millions are bound in veteran status and the effects of five hot wars, a cold war and countless missions in foreign lands that are filtered through 80 years of civilian belief on politics, religion and sex; veterans’ own views on veterans vary more in shade than a kaleidoscope in a whirling blender.

looked at a few veterans organizations. On page 9 Patrick McDonough tells a tale about a vet organization that will pass into history this fall. Kevan More connects war and peace with a story on warriors that become peace ambassadors on page 14 . Brett Cihon shows some of the ups and downs of starting a new veteran organization on page 11. This month’s logic puzzle on page 15 explores a nuance with veterans’ organizations and their preferred cocktails. This issue ends with The Bond on page 19, a story by Iraq war veteran Alex Horton that connects the generations and goes a long way to remind us all, united or not, of our single irrefutable bond. I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Veterans Life and as always, please feel free to write to us with your thoughts about what you read in our pages or ideas about what you’d like to see more of.


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It explains how one day the current Commander in Chief can lead by seven points, among polled veterans, and the next week candidate Mitt Romney is on point with a double-digit lead. Celebrating those differences this month we

INSIDE starting a veterans organization To say veterans are inclined to help those in need is not a controversial statement.


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Five members of veteran organizations -- a gardener, a librarian, a sculptor, a duck and a priest --- walk into a bar.


D-Day 68 years later, my buddy Steve and I had only two weeks for mid-tour leave from Iraq, and we decided to tour Western Europe, where all roads (and railways) to see the sights led to Normandy.


Answer to brain teaser on page 15: Duck --- Society of Retired Air Force Nurses -- Nothing, No Memories, A Vacuum --- whiskey, Gardener --- Grand Army of the Republic --- Broken Hearts Hemorrhaging --- rum, Librarian --- Veterans For Peace --- The Silence of A Thousand Yesterdays --- vodka, Priest --- Ukrainian American Veterans --- Reflections and Resignation --vermouth, Sculptor --- Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club --- The Comfort of Sitting Still --- gin

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Talk about veterans from around the web VA pays for laughs In May the VA justified its spending of more than $10,000 dollars on comedy troupes during two business conferences. “The purpose of the sessions has been to reinforce the importance of teamwork and communication in driving successful change in [the] VA,” a VA statement responding to the Washington Times read.

House approved $148 billion The House of Representatives passed legislation increasing veteran healthcare spending and pension claims by $148 billion at a time in which 45 percent of

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are filing for service connected disabilities, according to the Associated Press.

Uninsured veterans Ten percent of the nation’s 12.5 million veterans under the age of 65 don’t have health insurance or use VA medical centers. The Urban Institute study suggests that those 1.3 million veterans are younger and unemployed and that 13 percent of those veterans have a service connected disability.

Protecting the GI Bill Looking to protect veterans from improper targeting by for-

profit colleges and universities, attorneys general from 22 states joined forces to ask Congress to close a loophole that allows GI Bill and Veterans Assistance educational benefits to fund for-profit colleges in their entirety.

Re-education Efforts to provide some aid to 10 percent of the 400,000 out of work middle-aged veterans without GI Bill benefits have been fruitful and fast. The first two weeks of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program saw 12,000 applications from veterans age 35 to 60 looking to receive a $1,473 housing stipend while enrolled in a college or technical training program.

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Veterans support Romney A Gallup poll in late May showed that 58 percent of veterans contacted preferred presidential candidate Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama.

Prosthetics get pricey In an effort to slow the rising costs of providing injured American war veterans with prosthetics, the VA switched the responsibility to order some prosthetics from medical to contracting personnel. Since 2007, prosthetic costs have risen by $800 million,

according to an inspector general report. Bloomberg News reported that some veterans are concerned that the new system will fail veterans’ needs and reduce their medical needs to widgets.

Free homes for vets County singer Tim McGraw plans to give away 23 homes to veterans as he crosses the nation on tour this summer through his connection with Operation HomeFront.

VA spends $500M to track equip, people next The VA recently awarded a $543 million contract to Hewlett-Packard Co. for wireless tracking services of hospital equipment such as

wheelchairs and defibrillators. According to Bloomberg, the department also seeks to use “tracking tags” on patients and medical center staff to mine movement data for such activities as how often hands are washed.

Fed money for veteran care The Department of Health and Human Services in late May made available $25 million to help states build up and expand home-based and community-based longterm care. The money is for Aging and Disability Resource Centers, which include disabled veterans among care for non-veterans. The VA is adding an additional $27 million to the program.

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VA app wins innovation award iPhone based PTSD app advances telemedicine

A Veterans Affairs smartphone app used to work with veterans suffering PTSD has won an award from the American Telemedicine Association. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Coach mobile application marked its first anniversary with receipt of the award for innovation in the

advancement of telemedicine. PTSD Coach, collaboratively developed by VA’s National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology, provides education, symptomstracking tools, self-assessment and connections to support individuals with PTSD. Since its public release on April 11, 2011, the app has been downloaded more than 53,000 times in more than 60 countries.  It is available for free download for both iPhone and Android devices.

“Using the popularity of mobile devices, we can provide important tools to veterans wherever they are, whenever they need them, whether or not they receive care through VA or DoD,” said Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. The application is one of many in a series of jointly designed resources by VA and DoD to help servicemembers and veterans manage and cope with readjustment challenges. “We are energized to build innovative products that extend the reach of VA and DoD services to those who need them most,” said Julia Hoffman, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and mobile applications lead at VA’s National Center for PTSD.  Dr. Hoffman accepted the award alongside DoD collaborator Robert Ciulla, Ph.D.    The ATA Innovation Award is presented for ideas that “save and improve countless lives, whether their patients are

young children, soldiers on the battlefield, returning veterans or the average American health care consumer,” said ATA President Bernard Harris, Jr., MD, MBA. In the last three years, VA has devoted more people, programs, and resources toward mental health services to serve the growing number of veterans seeking mental health care from VA.  The department is a pioneer in mental health research, high-quality, evidence-based treatment and access to care.  Through vet centers, the National Center for PTSD, the Veterans Crisis Line, or integration of mental health into the primary care setting, VA has many entry points. Since 2007, VA has seen a 35 percent increase in the number of veterans receiving mental health services, and a 41 percent increase in mental health staff. 

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Vet Corps wins $650K The Corporation for National and Community Service recently awarded $650,000 to the Wa shing ton State Department of Veterans Affairs to continue the Vet Corps program. An AmeriCorps program, the Vet Corps began in 2009, in partnership with the Washington Commission for National and Communtiy Service, with a focus on helping veterans to navigate Washington’s college and university campuses.

“This is a huge win for Washington state, and will enable many Washingtonians to continue to address critical needs in their communities,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said. “Part of this funding is dedicated to our Department of Veterans Affairs, which will help our veterans readjust to civilian life.”

petitive funding, and an additional $2.5 million in AmeriCorps formula funding. Vet Corps members act as on-campus guides for student veterans and provide practical advice and assistance to resources on and off-campuses, such as referrals to community resources, and ultimately helped keep students on track so they can take advantage of their GI Bill education benefits.

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Reckord said. Reckord quickly learned routines that would help keep him safe and see him back to the World. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year thanks, in part, to the mobility of the helicopter. While the media constantly debated the politics of the situation in Vietnam, pressing the question of American involvement, Reckord could see what was happening day to day. Do your job and take each day as it comes, he said. “Every sailor was assigned duties. So you do that. You don’t see the big picture. You’re just doing your job,” Reckord said Part of the difficulty in fighting the Vietnam War was the absence of designated front lines. You stay alert at all times, Reckord said. “I was shot at a few times,” he said. “The Vietcong put mines in the harbor to blow up boats.” Part of Reckord’s 13 months of service in Vietnam included working on a small operations craft delivering fuel to the DMZ. Upon completion of his

on in Vietnam was difficult. “In one and a half days you go from a war zone to sitting in your mom’s living room.”

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tour, the boat Reckord was assigned to was given to the Vietnamese Navy as part of the “Vietnamization” policies put into place by Nixon when beginning troop withdrawals. One of the more difficult parts of serving in Vietnam was the concept of individualized tours of duty. With the individual rotation policies, troops rotated in and out of units rather than remain attached to them throughout the war.

“You came and went individually,” Reckord said. “I came to Vietnam by myself and I went home by myself. My sister came and picked me up at SeaTac.” Reckord also experienced culture shock upon his return to Kitsap County. Going from a very intense environment to a “normal” one with people going about their everyday business without seeming to think or care about what was going

The reaction to the return of Vietnam veterans from the general public was disappointing to the returning Navy man. Reckord said the overall lack of recognition for returning troops didn’t bother him at the time. Today, though, Reckord said he is happy that Vietnam veterans get recognized now for the sacrifices they made long ago. “Now it feels like people appreciate what we did,” He said. “It’s belated but I’m okay with it.” To Reckord, one of the biggest misconceptions about the Vietnam War is the notion that the American military lost the war on military terms. “I believe the outcome was more the result of years of political decisions,” he said. Upon returning to the United States, Reckord returned to college at the University of Washington. Since graduating from

“Chef said that because when you’re upriver and in the jungle and in disputed territory, once you get off the boat you’re on foot, in unfamiliar terrain, have lost your mobility and are much more vulnerable. The boats I spent most of my time on were a little different from the ones in the movie, and we didn’t do much ‘off the boat’ stuff.” Terry Reckord, in answer to the quote of Chef in Apocalypse Now saying, “Never get off the boat.”

the UW with his degree in landscape architecture, Reckord has spent 35 years as a landscape architect and is a principal partner in the Seattle firm MacLeod Reckord, where he commutes daily from Indianola with his wife, Connie. They are the proud parents of three grown daughters and have three grandchildren with a fourth on the way. “The UW treated returning vets well,” he said adding that his experiences in Vietnam served him well in his professional life. “Early on in my career, things that seemed like a big deal to others didn’t concern me. In the grand scheme of things they weren’t important and I could see that.” Reckord would do it all over again if a magic button could make him 22 again and available to relive some of the experiences of his tour. “I think it’s always good to be part of a well-trained, focused, dedicated group working together in difficult circumstances,” he said.”I’ve always been proud of the fact that I did it, I served in Vietnam,” he said.

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World War II Submarine Veterans fade away By Patrick McDonough For many World War II submarine veterans the end of an era will occur in September 2012 when the United States Submarine Veterans of World War II will end its charter and vanish into the waters of history. The organization had its earliest beginnings in 1955 when founding member Bud Trimble and other submarine veterans organized a national convention in Atlantic City in September of 1955. The group then incorporated in 1956 in New Jersey and after multiple attempts received its federal charter in 1981 during the Reagan administration. During World War II, submarines comprised less than two percent of U.S. Navy forces, but have been credited with downing 55 percent of all Japanese ships sunk. During the war 52 submarines were lost at sea as well as 374 officers and 3,131 enlisted men. Although the USSV WW-II served its members well, Robertson said it was its initial purpose to serve men who had fought within a window of history that had ultimately led to its demise. “The organization was distinct. But that distinction, from that time on, made us a dying organization,” he said. Although the group will cease to exist in September, Robertson said another group will forward its legacy. United States Submarine Veterans Inc., of which Robertson is also a member, another submarine veteran’s group incorporated in 1964, welcomes members from the World War II group and seeks to perpetuate the memory of all who have served America in the silent service. The loss of subs during World War II and the combat

mortality rate associated with the service was a deciding factor in the formation and perpetuation of USSV WW-II and is outlined in a section of the group’s original motto which reads, “To perpetuate the memory of those shipmates who voluntarily gave their lives in submarine warfare; to further promote and keep alive the spirit and unity that existed among submarine crewmen during WW II.” In many ways retired Navy Commander Robbie Robertson epitomizes the spirit of the men who served on submarines during the war as well as the men who founded veteran groups. Robertson was among the earliest of veterans to join the group, being assigned membership No. 408. Enlisting in the U.S.Navy in 1943 as World War II cut a violent swath of darkness and devastation across the globe, Robertson volunteered for submarine service from boot camp. He said for himself, and for many who joined the submarine service during the war, there was an air of danger and adventure that accompanied the service, and like many veterans of the submarine service, Robertson experienced his share of combat and experiences with the dangers involved in serving in submarines. During the war, Robertson was assigned to the U.S.S. Tirante, and served under Medal of Honor recipient George L. Street III during the actions that awarded Street the medal. “He said his crew had earned the medal,” Robertson said. “But he carried it around for us.” The Tirante and its crew, like many submersible war vessels of the era, prowled the waters of the Pacific ocean and the coasts of Japan and Korea among other danger-

ous waters engaging in multiple victorious sea battles. Robertson said these experiences were reflective of the perils of the submarine service and therefore the pride many in the USSV WW-II felt. Robertson, who has served as treasurer for the Seattle Base USSV WW-II, and remained a life-long member of the group said he felt the organization had served its purpose and offered many members, not only a sense of fellowship and camaraderie, but also other benefits through its existence. Although founding members of the USSVI included members of the World War II group, the two groups never merged. Robertson said there were various reasons for this including charter status limiting the number of veterans that did not serve during World War II, but also a sense of identity held within the name and purpose of the World War II group. Fred Borgmann, National Office Manager for the

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USSVI, said the World War II organization continued to see a decline in membership through age and death, but said the USSVI continues to see a rise in membership in submarine veterans as the World War II group sees its inevitable decline. He said the USSVI was proud to perpetuate the memory of World War II vets as well as all who had proudly served America on such vessels.

Borgmann, who served in the submarine service during the Cold War, said as a member of the USSVI and a submarine veteran himself, he was among many submariners who carried the spirit of the original group forward through association with World War II veterans during his own service. “There were still a lot of veterans of World War II around who mentored us and passed on their stan-

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The pitfalls, the headaches and the joy of starting a nonprofit By Brett Cihon To say veterans are inclined to help those in need is not a controversial statement. Whether it’s a sense of duty, of brotherhood, or of a deeper need that can only come after witnessing the haunts of war, who is to say specifically? But, attend any Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2669 fundraising feed, head to the Bremerton VA on a Tuesday morning, or google ‘Veterans Volunteer ideas’ to see the proof: Veterans volunteer in large numbers. They help those in need. They lend a hand to their brothers. They continue to serve, even after the uniform is long retired. For thousands of veterans across the country, and many in Kitsap County, looking to serve their community, the idea of starting a nonprofit veterans organization is a good one. To build an organization where all surplus money goes to helping the cause is a tempting prospect. From feeding aging veterans to providing outdoor activities to wounded warriors, is a way to continue service. However, starting one is a tricky business full of hangups and pitfalls that even the most passionate volunteers couldn’t imagine. From broader picture items such as composing a board of directors and securing start-up funds, to bureaucratic challenges like applying for a Federal Employer Identification Number and meeting county licensing requirements, the journey of a new nonprofit is not easy. Yet it is rewarding, both in the process and the end goal. “I love everyday,” says Tony Moore, the maintenance manager of the USS Turner Joy, a decommissioned Navy destroyer

from the Vietnam War now docked in Bremerton and fully supported by the USS Turner Joy nonprofit organization. “There aren’t many places you can go to work and have this rewarding experience,” Moore says.

THE BUSINESS OF STARTING A NONPROFIT Putnam Barber is a senior advisor for the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the University of Washington. In an email to Veterans Life, he said the IRS divides exempt charitable groups, or nonprofits, into two categories. First, “Public Charities” are the familiar organization that taxpayers can make a tax deductible donation to. Second, “Other” organizations are ones that do not pay federal income taxes but that donors cannot deduct gifts made to them. There are five public charities in Kitsap County that classify as a “military or veteran organization,” out of a total of 89 in the State of Washington. There are 26 “other” exempt organizations with the primary purpose of military or veteran out of 563 in Washington State. It’s these existing organizations, says Matt Fikejs, that individuals interested in starting a nonprofit should first look to. “Not every group out there should start a nonprofit,” says Fikejs, the information and referral programs manager at 501 Commons, an extensive organization based in Seattle that lends help and resources to nonprofits. “There are existing veterans group that might be willing to partner and might already offer the same type of services.”

The 501 organization offers a 38-page guide to starting a nonprofit on their website, Among the first things Fikejs and the guide recommends is partnering with an existing nonprofit and exploring partnerships or pilot programs through these established organizations because many ‘new ideas’ people come up with might already exist in a successful way. “Consider if there are established organizations within the community that serve the same or related purpose‚ you may be able to advance your idea more quickly by working through an existing organization,” the online guide reads. If no like organization can be found, set up interviews with at least four different nonprofit organizations and pick their brains. Figure out how they work, how they maintain their finances and how they’ve managed in lean times. Most importantly, Fikejs says, think of starting a nonprofit much like thinking of starting a new business. Because a small business and a burgeoning nonprofit are almost one in the same. “It’s like running a small business,” Fikejs says. “You still have to make payroll, you still have to make human resource policies.” Moore, who came to the USS Turner Joy shortly after it was donated to the Bremerton Historic Ships Association in 1991, couldn’t agree more. Though nonprofits operate under a charitable 501(c) (3) Internal Revenue Service designation, Moore says he has to think everyday of how to run the ship effectively and clean. He has to pay the bills, has to keep up with maintenance and keep the the lightbulbs changed. Most importantly, he has

to keep costs down so they can keep the doors open and pay for big improvements, including a $750,000 dry-dock fee every 15 years or so, entirely funded through entrance fees on the ship. “No matter what, you still have to run it like a business,”he says. “Most businesses are for profit, while we are out to maintain the ship and educate. Still, we keep a CPA, we have bookkeepers and we have to bring in some money. The only difference is there is no profit.” In conjunction with running a nonprofit like a business, a startup organization should come up with a business plan, says Fikejs. “First and foremost is the business plan,” he says. “It’s one of the top recommendations we have.” “Of course, there are differences between a nonprofit and a business. Differences that individuals should look at when starting out, Fikejs says. It’s important for individuals to realize that the structure of a nonprofit is designed to give back to the community, a fact that seems to be cut and dry, but isn’t always the case. “Remember that the profits have to go back to the organization, not benefit a few individuals,” he says.

SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF Leif Bentsen is a Human Servies Planner with Kitsap County. He advises and facilitates the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, a group of 17 local veterans who look for resources and ways the county can help service the needs of other area veterans and their families. For two years,

Bentsen and the advisory board has looked at starting a nonprofit organization outside of their work as a board. Something simple at first. Something that would allow the board to move outside of the numerous restrictions of county and state laws that are not exactly tailor fit to the reality of veteran need. Since the board is funded through county property taxes, a privately funded nonprofit would expand the group’s scope. “The reason the board is exploring starting a nonprofit has to do with there are some things that cannot be funded through the county that we want to do,” Bensten said. “We want to do more.”

“There is the case of the administrative side of things,” he says, mentioning hurdles both small and large that every nonprofit must go through. Administrative hurdles can be helped by a competent board of directors, a vital asset to any successful nonprofit. Legally, every nonprofit must have no less than three individuals. And as many as twelve with a broad range of skills, from fundraising to administration can go a long way in the success of an organization, Fikejs says. Moore says paperwork is where a nonprofit can easily slip up.

But the task of starting a nonprofit has been arduous for the board. Of the problems the group faced is the daunting task of wading through the bureaucracy of it all. 501 Commons’ online guide notes a bevy of processes that seem filled with paperwork and headaches. Obtain state licenses. Apply for nonprofit designation with the IRS. Comply with county regulations. And that’s only starting out. Once the nonprofit is formed, the paperwork doesn’t stop, as businesses taxes, management paperwork and other forms are required. “One of the hurdles is it takes a lot of work,” he says. “It has to be it’s own legal entity.” Fikejs can’t accurately estimate how and why nonprofits that never make it past the planning stage fail. But he does recognize the administrative side of things as fairly daunting, especially for those without too much experience in these areas.

“Do your paperwork,” he says, saying to do so both during the life of the nonprofit, and before. “Make sure it’s not a nonprofit idea that’s going to put you under.”

A LABOR OF LOVE Like anything,though, persistence is key, Moore says. So too is a stable of volunteers who are passionate and driven for a cause. The USS Turner Joy has two regular maintenance workers on board that show up almost everyday, he says. Outside of a trim paid staff, he also has volunteers leading tours, taking money at the gift shop and greeting. Most of them are veterans who worked on a ship much like the Turner Joy when they served. “They served on this ship with their stories to go with it. They come here and add to the feeling of it. We couldn’t do it without them,” Moore said. “I honestly enjoy what I do.”

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When I ask Vietnam War veteran Dan Gillman whether or not “veterans for peace” is an oxymoron, he barely misses a beat.

In fact, that’s exactly what happened in Chicago back in May. A few dozen veterans grabbed headlines at the NATO Summit when they hurled their medals toward the conference site after failing to get an audience with various generals to hand them over in person. Nearly 50 veterans, many of them from the group Iraq Veterans Against the War, which has a Washington state chapter with more than 100 members, led thousands of marchers protesting the largest NATO gathering in the organization’s six-decade history.

“You mean like military intelligence?” he asks. Gillman, who was drafted in 1967 and served in Vietnam as a combat medic attached to an engineering company, is the vice president of the Seattle chapter of the Veterans for Peace organization. “I grew up in a very religious home,” he says. “The assumption was you didn’t question the government and what they were doing.” While he wasn’t involved in heavy fighting in the jungle, Gillman saw plenty of death and suffering, including a number of suicides in his unit and an engineer killed by what was supposed to be a controlled explosion. As a result of hearing about and seeing the death toll on both sides of the war he began to question if it was really worth it. Gillman didn’t re-enlist. He did the two years in the Army and headed straight back to college, where he began reading up on U.S. foreign policy, as soon as he got home. It would be 35 years before he joined Veterans for Peace. “I had been involved with some other peace groups over the years, but this one, being a veteran, was a perfect match for what I was feeling,” Gillman said. “Being a veteran, I could really relate to what others experienced and their stories were much the same as mine. Many of us, even right after the war, started to oppose it and became interested in finding ways to reign in our military and promote peace.” Michelle J. Kinnucan, who served in the Coast Guard from 1983 to 1987 and joined the California National Guard shortly after that before getting out in 1992, is the president of the Seattle chapter of Veterans for Peace. While in the Coast Guard she did search and rescue, law enforcement and security operations in Honolulu, Hawaii, and said she didn’t do much “worth mentioning, really” in the National Guard because she wasn’t active duty. Kinnucan joined Veterans for Peace in 2002 over concerns about the United States’ headlong rush into war in Afghanistan. Pacifists and anti-war protesters love folks like Gillman and Kinnucan. That’s because vets have instant street cred. They’ve been there, done that. They know the score. As such, they’re usually the ones organizers place at the front of marches opposing U.S.

The medal hurling culmination of the march was similar to a Vietnam War veterans’ protest near the Capitol in 1971. By the end of the Chicago summit, though, most national news editors decided that bloody clashes between citizens and police, anarchists, property damage and alleged “terrorists” caught with molotov cocktails made for a better story. But, just what were those medal-tossing veterans up to and why? “My name is Iris Feliciano,” said one of the vets who threw her medals in Chicago. “I served in the Marine Corps. And in January of 2002, I deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. And I want to tell the folks behind us, in these enclosed walls, where they build more policies based on lies and fear, that we no longer stand for them. We no longer stand for their lies, their failed policies and these unjust wars. Bring our troops home and end the war now. They can have these back.” Greg Miller, an Army infantry vet who served in Iraq in 2009, threw his medals, too. “The military hands out cheap tokens like this to soldiers, service members, in an attempt to fill the void where their conscience used to be once they indoctrinate it out of you,” Miller said. “But that didn’t work on me, so I’m here to return my Global War on Terrorism Medal and my National Defense Medal, because they’re both lies.” “It was in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks that I found out about Veterans for Peace and decided to join,” she said. “Because of what happened on 9-11, it was pretty clear in short order that the United States wasn’t going to respond to those attacks in a helpful way, but rather a destructive way.” Kinnucan says that no other real alternatives apart from an all-out war in Afghanistan were ever really even considered, let alone pursued. “The invasion of Iraq,” she says, “was even more horrific.”

The war in Afghanistan has now lasted more than 3,900 days and in the second week of June the 2,000th American died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In Veterans for Peace, Kinnucan has found a community of support from people with similar ideas and feelings. “I guess I would say if you’re a veteran and interested in working for peace this is a good place for you because in this country a lot of people, at least on peace issues, grant vets a different audience than they do for those who haven’t served. So, the voice of veterans can be really powerful.”

Veterans for Peace groups regularly appear at events and parades across the state throughout the year.

“We don’t do a whole lot of protests, we mostly do educational leafleting,” Kinnucan said. “A lot of our actions are about trying to get people to think about things they maybe didn’t know about or think about things they do know about in different ways.”

The Seattle chapter of Veterans for Peace has about 100 members, as does the Iraq Veterans Against the War, which is newly created following the merger of the Seattle and Joint Base LewisMcChord chapters in March of this year. Beyond Seattle, Veterans for Peace has other chapters in Port Angeles, Olympia, Tacoma, Bellingham, Spokane, Okanogan and Methow Valley.

Kinnucan said that the group’s approach usually goes well. “I have to tell you, the folks in Bremerton are really nice, most of the them,” she said. “Sometimes in Seattle people are just not as interested or open it seems like. It depends, we generally have good experiences in Seattle, but people in Bremerton don’t seem as rushed or hurried as folks in downtown Seattle.” Gillman noted that some people have turned their backs on the group while they pass along parade routes. “We sometimes get a hostile person, but overall we’re seen as a legitimate group with veterans that spend a lot of time thinking about this because it’s not something you do without a lot of soul searching,” Gillman said. Steve Acheson, of Campbellsport, Wisconsin, got a little choked up as he spoke to the crowd in Chicago before throwing his medals during the May NATO conference. “I was a forward observer in the United States Army for just under five years,” Acheson said. “I deployed to Sadr City, Iraq, in 2005. And I’m giving back my medals for the children of Iraq and Afghanistan. May they be able to forgive us for what we’ve done to them. May we begin to heal, and may we live in peace from here until eternity.”

Another great resource for veterans interested in peace issues is Coffee Strong, a pro-soldier, anti-war GI coffeehouse and resource center within walking distance of the Madigan gate at JBLM.

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1976 33’ RANGER; ONE ow n e r b o a t & a l way s well maintained! New; 25 HP Universal Diesel, 22 gallon fuel tank, 2 batteries, prop, electric marine toilet, Dodger, interior cushions, sailing electronics. Standing rigging & life lines replaced 2007. Refrigeration, Dickinson fireplace, propane cook stove/ oven. Last haul out October 2011. She’s ready for summer cruising! $29,000. San Juan Island. Call 360-378-5111.

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1949 CHEVY 1/2 Ton, 5 window pickup. Exceptional condition. Full frame off restoration approx. 15,000 miles ago, and well cared for since. Cosmetically superb (no dents, damage or rust) and runs better than it looks! Continuously stored in garage. 3 speed with overdr ive. Ver y nice for highway driving. Original working tube radio. Finished oak bed. Looking for a fun old truck that looks and runs great? This is it! Asking price $14,500. Contact Info: 206-7800235, 206-321-4075 or Need extra cash? Place your classified ad today! Call 1-800-388-2527 or Go online 24 hours a day

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sac·ri·fice — [sa-krə-,fīs, also -fəs or -,fīz] — An act of offering to a deity something precious

by Alex Horton U.S. Army infantry veteran D-Day 68 years later, my buddy Steve and I had only two weeks for mid-tour leave from Iraq, and we decided to tour Western Europe, where all roads (and railways) to see the sights led to Normandy. At some point, every student of military history arrives on June 6, 1944. D-Day acts as a lynchpin that holds together a brilliant battlefield success, extraordinary acts of bravery, and a daring plan that would either result in astonishing victory or agonizing defeat. Allied Supreme Commander General Dwight Eisenhower knew this better than anyone and drafted a preemptive letter claiming responsibility for the failed invasion. “The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone,” the letter said. Freedom’s march across the English Channel suppressed the letter from becoming reality.

Hoc, who incurred horrific losses only to find the artillery guns they were ordered to destroy had been moved a mile away, the battles and struggles that led to victory on June 6 were large and small. Some moments were cap-

tured in photographs and given posterity in movies and TV shows. Some aspects of the campaign weren’t battles at all; Operation Fortitude, for example, was an extensive deception campaign to mislead German intelligence. Other

moments—a life saved by a medic on the beach, or a French civilian sharing food with Allied liberators—quietly led to one of the most successful military operations in human history. While my infantry company was engaged in house-to-house fighting in

Iraq, Steve and I walked along the Normandy coast and up to Pointe du Hoc, where feats of heroism helped retake the European continent from the Axis Powers decades before. That day, however, the beach was calm and quiet; the tide hasn’t been blood red

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in 68 years. Tourists from across the world climbed over destroyed bunkers and walked into impact craters. Standing on the wet sand of Omaha Beach, I picked up a piece of rock, stuck it in my pocket, and carried it from one war into another.

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