"Veterans Hour" - VFP109 YouTube Videos

 

A Tribute to Ken Schwilk http://youtu.be/MJgdi0N81yA For many years, Ken Schwilk, was a camera operator for the VFP109 Media Team. Recently, he passed away from cancer due to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. The program begins with a “Missing Cameraman” tribute including a musical piece honoring Ken by Vaude deVille.

Advocating for Veteranshttp://youtu.be/BygZbUe0YvA Panelists Mark Fleming, Lena Swanson, Dr. Dennis Mills, Dr. Rick Staggenborg, and Doug Nelson explain the process of assisting veterans pursuing benefit claims with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Afghan Vet Speaks Out - G.I. Voice http://youtu.be/-M8vJDpC3YU G.I. Voice presented "The State of the Soldier Address" on August 23rd at King's Books in Tacoma. Brock and Jacob, both Afghan Vets, tell their experiences of recently returning from their time with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.

Afghanistan for Peace and Clean Waterhttp://youtu.be/hscRWgHj-7I Larry Kerschner, Jody Mackey, and Douglas Mackey share their amazing trip to Afghanistan where they spent time with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and helped teach biosand water filter construction.

An Army Medic/Nurse Speaks Out-GI Voicehttp://youtu.be/44zz6ugAamM G.I Voice presented "The State of the Soldier Address" on August 23rd at King's Books in Tacoma. Jonathon was a medic in Iraq and now assigned as a nurse. He shared the impact on families when soldiers are deployed. He is concerned about deploying psychologically wounded soldiers.

Ann Chaudhry – “CAARP” Muslims Need NOT APPLY http://youtu.be/z1kRqQuA8tI  Ann Chaudhry discusses the little known directive (CARRP) that keeps otherwise qualified people from getting U.S. Citizenship. Her husband served honorably in the Army and is married for 13 years to an American, but has been stonewalled in securing citizenship and faces deportation.This policy is Immoral, Unethical, Illegal and Unconstitutional secret policy (CARRP) "Muslims Need not Apply"

Ann Wright – Soldier, Statesperson, Peace Activisthttp://youtu.be/rOaDqtEQIvU Ann Wright was a soldier for 26 years, and many years in the State Department before resigning in opposition to the Iraq War. This show features clips of Ann speaking at Coffee Strong, Lt. Watada hearing support, Winter Soldier, and most recently on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

Ashley Joppa-Hagemann Speaks Out on Her Husband's Suicidehttp://youtu.be/_oti01mXTMo G.I Voice presented "The State of the Soldier Address" on August 23rd at King's Books in Tacoma. One of the most moving, powerful presentations was given by Ashley Joppa-Hagemann, widow of Sgt. Hagemann who committed suicide rather than re-deploy an 8th or 9th time with the Rangers. His death is still under investigation. However, the Army is refusing his wife to have a military funeral.

At Speed Of Foot - Mark Fleminghttp://youtu.be/VloXEvikjrs Mark Fleming, member of VFP109 in Olympia WA. reflected upon his combat experiences in Vietnam and the healing process that occurred by thru-hiking 2168 miles on the Appalachian Trail.

At the Speed of Foot – Book PSAhttp://youtu.be/H8nUlbUEO00 At the Speed of Foot is a new book written by Mark Fleming, VFP109 member, from Olympia WA.

"Circle the World" - International Day of Peacehttp://youtu.be/PhIMAdWZW1I Giant peace doves circle Heritage Park in Olympia WA. Dana Lyons song, "Circle the World," adds to this special event on United Nations Day of Peace - September 21st. "Our time has come and we have begun to circle the world." Countries of the world are outlined on the lawn.

Citizen Activism: The Gaza Flotillas - Col. Ann Wright & Kathy Kelly http://youtu.be/txuimqNLb8k Col. Ann Wright (ret.) and Kathy Kelly were two of 14 Americans on the 2011 Gaza Flotilla: “The Audacity of Hope.” Both shared their role and responsibility as citizen activists to break the international blockade on Gaza. 2011 VFP National Convention in Portland OR

Coffee Strong In the new, expanded location, Coffee Strong now focuess on providing GI rights counseling, Discharge Upgrade Counseling, and Veteran Disability Claims Assistance. (YouTube video)

Complex Trauma - International Trauma Treatment Programhttp://youtu.be/JszXn3dQ-SQ Dr. John Van Eenwyck and Dr. Steve Langer share how ITTB collaborates with local practitioners living in areas affected by complex trauma; to identify and to develop culturally appropriate treatment.

Conscientious Objection  http://youtu.be/r5EQb_UIZME Glen Anderson, Nicole Michell, and Josh Stieber discuss how they became conscientious objectors. Nicole and Josh were both recent Iraq War veterans who used Army Regulation 600-43 to claim CO status.

Conscientious Objection Glen Anderson, a conscientious objector to war since 1972, shared information on filing for conscientious objection for Veterans Hour.

Cost of War and Price of Peace in Afghanistanhttp://youtu.be/Yn0fXIdHJ9M Kathy Kelly (Voices for Creative Nonviolence) traveled to Afghanistan three times in 2010. VFP member Mike Ferner joined her on one of those trips. She presented the work of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers by video clips and introduced Doug Mackey and Larry Kershner who will going there in September to introduce biosand water filter technology. They are members of VFP109 in Olympia WA.

Dahr Jamail at Coffee Strong  http://youtu.be/YPjOASn81Jc  Dahr Jamail, a journalist with Truthout.org, shares his coverage on war, climate change, and electronic warfare testing on the 6th Anniversary of Coffee Strong. [Dec 2014]

David Hartsough   "Waging Peace" https://youtu.be/POT0krNzCYs David Hartsough has "waged peace" for decades in the Soviet Union, El Salvador, Mexico, and Kosovo. He has been arrested for civil disobedience more than 100 times during his long activist career. Recorded in Olympia WA Oct 21, 2014 58 min

Deborah-Military Sexual Trauma  http://youtu.be/hxnOo5Dqr6g G.I Voice presented "The State of the Soldier Address" on August 23rd at King's Books in Tacoma. PTSD is not only acquired from combat. Deborah, a Marine, shared how she was repeatedly raped and the impact that it has had on her life. Her military experience is a powerful counter-recruiting tool that needs to be seen by everyone!

Dennis Kucinich “The True Cost of War” http://youtu.be/Nn4Z99ylo68 Rep. Dennis Kucinich spoke before a packed audience in Olympia WA on “The True Cost of War.” The event was sponsored by Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation and VFP#109 The Rachel Corrie Chapter in Olympia WA.

Disarm Now Plowshares Benefithttp://youtu.be/7-9rFUsPbgU Tacoma Jesuit Bill "Bix" Bichsel spoke about the nuclear disarmament movement and his life commitment to peace work through nonviolent direct action.  Sister Anne Montgomery and Susan Crane were also Disarm Now Plowshares members who spoke.

Discharge Upgrade Counselor Training-Session One http://youtu.be/1vhLyXsFB_A Discharge Upgrade Counselor Training - Session 1 is taught by Kathy Gilberd from the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild. Participants were volunteer counselors from Coffee Strong, a GI Rights center in Lakewood WA. [Feb2014]

Discharge Upgrade Counselor Training - Session 2  http://youtu.be/EcMRBtTdMPs Discharge Upgrade Counselor Training - Session 2 is taught by Kathy Gilberd from the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild. Participants were volunteer counselors from Coffee Strong, a GI Rights center in Lakewood WA. [Mar201014]

Discharge Upgrade Counselor Training - Session 3   http://youtu.be/D9lqYsBtZ4o Discharge Upgrade Counselor Training - Session 3 is taught by Kathy Gilberd from the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild. Participants were volunteer counselors from Coffee Strong, a GI Rights center in Lakewood WA. [Apr2014]

Don’t say “Thank You For Your Service”: That Continues My Oppression Army veterans: Dennis W. Mills, Mark Fleming and Zahid Chaudhry, lead a discussion on how today’s service members and veterans have been structurally oppressed even before they enlisted and continue beyond in their civilian lives. War, moral injury, PTSD, sexual oppression, poverty draft, homelessness, unemployment, and militarism are the oppressors.

Dr. Thomas Fasy – Depleted Uranium Weaponshttp://youtu.be/SHwycPgYg5o Dr. Thomas Fasy, an expert scientist in Depleted Uranium Weapons shared at the Poison Planet Conference in Portland OR.

Drone Warfare - Medea Benjaminhttp://youtu.be/3H3yXV8q5lo Medea Benjamin, author of "Drone Warfare - Killing By Remote Control," spoke at Orca Books in Olympia about her concerns of killer drones.

Emotional Freedom (EFT)Techniques for Veteranshttp://youtu.be/Uqt-uT_KL4Y EFT coaches share how Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or “tapping”) can be effective for veterans dealing with stress, trauma, and pain from the military service.

Endless War and Economic Crisis – Bruce Gagnonhttp://youtu.be/4NN5Woj5wzA Bruce Gagnon, an expert in space technology wars, shared why the U.S. is involved in endless war and economic crisis.

Environmental Impact of the Military Mary Hanson and Glen Anderson discuss the environmental impact that the military has worldwide on the monthly Veterans Hour program.

Evergreen Veterans Resource Center  http://youtu.be/JOljstjFMFE  Randy Kelly, Director of The Evergreen State College Veterans Resource Center provides valuable information for veterans considering going to college on their Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Veteran students John Stapleton IV, Matt Ebarb, Nick Walsh, and Tyrone Somerville chat with each other on their experiences of using the Veterans Resource Center.

Father Roy Bourgeois - School of Americas Watchhttp://youtu.be/r_pI0GxpAd0 Father Roy Bourgeois created the School of Americas Watch to help close this infamous training school for assassins. He shares his story at Traditions Cafe in Olympia WA.

Getting VA Benefits Today VFP109 has two independent accredited VA claims agents who help veterans get their VA compensation. Mark Fleming and Dennis Mills the latest strategies needed to make successful claims.

GI Coffeehouse West Coast Tour Olympia WAhttp://youtu.be/1Wa5W5zdHgI GI coffeehouses in Lakewood WA, Coffee Strong, in Killeen, Texas near Fort Hood (Under The Hood Café & Outreach Center), and in Kaiserslautern, Germany near Ramstein Airbase and Landstuhl Medical Center (The Clearing Barrel GI Bar & Coffeehouse) came together for their first ever joint project – the GI Coffeehouse Tour. 

GI Voice - Veterans Speaking Out“GI Voice: Veterans Speaking Out” is the March 2016 presentation of The Veterans Hour by Veterans for Peace #109, the Rachel Corrie Chapter in Olympia, Washington.GI Voice, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Olympia educates the public from the unique voices of the veterans who have experienced the realities of war. GI Voice provides information about GI Rights, Veterans Benefits, and Discharge Upgrades.Mark Fleming, a Vietnam veteran and VFP#109 member, hosted the discussion with three volunteers at GI Voice: Richard Capron, a retired United Methodist minister and volunteer at GI Voice, Eric Ard, a Post 9-11 veteran and GI Voice volunteer, and Joe Soel, also a Post 9-11 veteran and GI Voice volunteer. (360) 352-6348 203 4th Avenue East, Ste. 207, Olympia. WA 98501 56:51 minutes

"Going AWOL from the American Way of Life" - S. Brian Wilson http://youtu.be/tSNyes6ob08 S. Brian Wilson shares on his newly published book: Blood on the Tracks - The Life and Times of S. Brian Wilson at the 2011 Veterans for Peace Convention in Portland OR.

Global War on Tribeshttp://youtu.be/Jw1oYR-Hbpw Dr. Zoltan Grossman, professor of geography and indigenousness studies at The Evergreen State College, discusses how the United States has used anti-Indian language in all the recent wars. Today, drones are being used in tribal areas of Pakistan.

History of American Intervention in Vietnam - Mark Fleming "No More Lies. Not Then. Not Now." Vietnam Full Disclosure Teach-in
Mark Fleming, a VFP#109 member and a Vietnam 1st Cavalry veteran, shares his first-hand experiences of the American War in Vietnam in an effort to present an honest commemoration of that war. 11:26 minutes

How Did We Become So Militarized? VFP#109 member: Dr. Dennis Mills, a retired professor of education and Army veteran, 1966-1969, explored the pervasive militarized American culture and a foreign policy of perpetual war. He researched the militarization of children by the marketing of militarized toys and video. He also addressed the Department of Defense transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies, including Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles built to withstand armor-piercing roadside bombs! 47:07 minutes

How the VA Rates Claims – VA Claims Agent Training http://youtu.be/MoAz4A_DemI This Veterans Advocacy Training session explores how the VA rates claims.The class was taped at Coffee Strong in Lakewood WA.

Interviewing a Soldier – VA Claims Agent Traininghttp://youtu.be/s8waIDXg4Ak The Veterans Advocacy Training class interviews an active duty soldier to learn what soldiers need to know for their exit physical.

Interviewing Seth Manzel – VA Claims Agent Traininghttp://youtu.be/NCx4UmQQ08c Seth Manzel, an Iraq War veteran, needs to update his VA claim. The Veterans Advocacy Training class interviews him. Lena Swanson provides guidance.

JeJu Island Peace Delegation Larry Kerschner, VFP109 member and Vietnam veteran, shares his experiences of demonstrating against the U.S. buildup/occupation of JeJu Island, South Korea. He was part of the JeJu Island Peace Delegation.

Justice-Involved Veteranshttp://youtu.be/RVVNSf59L8U Veterans Court and the Veterans Fund are two special programs for veterans.

Ken Carpenter – Accrued VA Benefits – VA Claims Agent Training http://youtu.be/9qlgvlzy-qc Ken Carpenter, an attorney practicing VA law, talks about accrued benefits in the Veterans Advocacy Training class at Coffee Strong in Lakewood WA.

Ken Carpenter - Dependency & Indemnity Compensation – VA Claims Agent Training http://youtu.be/gjYhNE4aXTQ Ken Carpenter, an attorney practicing VA law, talks about Dependency & Indemnity Compensation in the Veterans Advocacy Training class at Coffee Strong in Lakewood WA.

Letter from a Soldier in Afghanistan http://youtu.be/fVYkgHh9tfY G.I Voice presented "The State of the Soldier Address" on August 23rd at King's Books in Tacoma. Joseph, with G.I. Voice, reads this hard-hitting letter from a soldier who is in Afghanistan.

Listening to Victims of War - Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers http://youtu.be/FSq84HXToGk Dennis Mills interviewed Douglas Mackey and his work with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. Video clips from Global Days of Listening and the International Day of Peace show how people talking to people brings us all closer.

Marjorie Cohn - "Rules of Disengagement" http://youtu.be/ZjsdUyn5Xdw Marjorie Cohn, author of "Rules of Disengagement" discusses her book at Coffee Strong in Lakewood WA. James Brannum, attorney, shares on how defended Travis Bishop and Leo Church.

Militarization of Our Children & Counter Recruiting http://youtu.be/qTzKc3KcWWs Dr. Dennis Mills and Molly Gibbs discuss how our children are militarized as early as three years old through toys. Molly discusses how high school kids are recruited through No Child Left Behind and the counter recruitment efforts that should be done.

No More Lies. Not Then. Not Now. Part OneVietnam Full Disclosure Teach-in An Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam
Mark Fleming, a Vietnam veteran discussed the history of American intervention in Vietnam. Nguyen Ahn-Tri, a Vietnamese student in the U.S. in the 1970s, explained the impact of the U.S. War on Vietnam and its people. Dr. Peter Bohmer, a professor at The Evergreen State College and an anti-war activist in the American War in Vietnam, showed a video clip of an anti-war protest he participated in 1972. (VFP#109 Media) 50:52

No More Lies. Not Then. Not Now. - Part Two Vietnam Full Disclosure Teach-in An Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam
Bob Barnes and Randy Rowland, Vietnam-era GI resisters, colorfully shared how veterans and active duty troops protested the war. Graham Clumpner, a Afghanistan War veteran and climate activist, shared how Post 9/11 veterans resist the “War on Terror.” (VFP#109 Media) 54:34

No More Lies. Not Then. Not Now. - Part Three Vietnam Full Disclosure Teach-in An Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam
Glen Anderson, from the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, talked about continuing resistance to militarism and war. Larry Kerschner, a Vietnam Veteran and talented poet, read two hard-hitting poems about how war forever changes you.
The panel addressed questions and Zahid Chaudhry, President of VFP#109, closed the Teach-in with how to move forward. (VFP#109 Media) 48:01

Nuclear Disarmament - Father Bill "Bix" Bichsel https://youtu.be/eADVt_pJzEw Father Bill "Bix" Bichsel and Dr. David C. Hall, Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility share their personal accounts of advocating for nuclear disarmament, especially at Bangor ("Ground Zero"). 59 min

Olympia Port Candidates Zahid Chaudhry, President of VFP#109, interviewed two commissioner candidates for the Port of Olympia: George Barner, District 1 Incumbant and E.J. Zita, Candidate for District 3. Port issues are of interest to veterans.

Operation Recovery – a Campaign for Service Members’ Right to Heal http://youtu.be/qjnfjXZcSV4 “Operation Recovery” was a joint effort of Coffee Strong and Iraq Veterans Against the War to stop the re-deployment of troops with hidden wounds of war (PTSD) and give them the right to heal.

Peace and Clean Water for Afghanistan http://youtu.be/2Oq4gS-NGOQ Jody Mackey, Douglas Mackey, and Larry Kerschner spent a month in Afghanistan promoting friendship and peace with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. They also taught biosand water filter construction to bring clean water in a country where there is high mortality rates due to water-borne diseases.

"Peace at Home, Peace Abroad" VFP Convention Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC host, chaired an activist panel of four along with Spoken Word artists at the Veterans For Peace National Convention in San Diego. (1:34:10)

Phyllis Bennis, New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C. http://youtu.be/daO3G57Sa_M Phyllis Bennis, writer, analyst, and activist on U.S. foreign policy related to the Middle East and the UN, directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC and is a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She shared at the Rachel Corrie - 10 Years: The Person and the Continuing Struggle Saturday, March 16th A dynamic day of social action, speakers, music, dance, food, remembrance, and community!

Poetry Reading - Larry Kerschner, Vietnam Veteran Larry Kerschner, a Vietnam Veteran and talented poet, read two hard-hitting poems about how war forever changes you. His poems are described as ‘in your face’ and reflect the intense feelings of Vietnam veterans. Larry was a panelist for the Vietnam Full Disclosure Teach-in: An Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam. 8:11minutes

Protesting Drone Warfare in Pakistan http://youtu.be/vxmz8T---Ss Jody Mackey, VFP109 member, participated in the Code Pink protest of drones in warfare in Pakistan. Her moving talk was recorded at Traditions Cafe in Olympia WA.

Rally Against Military Sexual Violence A Rally Against Military Sexual Violence was held near the gates of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on 29 August 2014. Sarah Blum, author of "Women Under Fire," was a keynote speaker.

Randi Jensen on Suicidality http://youtu.be/YqwPryNPzDI Randi Jensen, who recently directed Soldiers Project Northwest, is a mental health therapist and a specialist on suicidality. Her book is “Just Because You’re Suicidal, Doesn’t Mean You’re Crazy.”

Ray McGovern – Ex CIA Analyst http://youtu.be/5RigtRXdZyE Ray McGovern, an ex CIS analyst spoke at a regional conference in Seattle for Veterans for Peace.

Restorative Justice & the Veteran http://youtu.be/0S5kyffwVrU Dr. Paul McCold, a criminologist, explores restorative justice and the veteran. VFP109 is concerned that returning veterans with PTSD may run into trouble with the law and become incarcerated. Restorative justice provides a better solution. Recorded at TCTV for the "Veterans for Peace Hour."

Shelter Half Participants http://youtu.be/uZ1hdDHkYXw  Philip Kaplan was a Shelter Half habituate, the GI Coffeehouse in Tacoma during the Vietnam War, from 1968 to 1970. Allan Poobus is a Vietnam-era draft dodger who aided and abetted GIs and civilians who chose not to serve in that Imperial folly through his participation in the Shelter Half Coffeehouse and other projects.

Social Justice Bloc Party http://youtu.be/_rLPlCxDgHI Social Justice Bloc Party: Friday, April 24, 2015. At the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural: State Ave. NE and Capitol Way In Downtown Olympia During Arts Walk. Celebrate social justice with visual art, music, theatre, poetry, food at the Arab Festival Cafe, and community organizations building strong movements for collective liberation! Combat papermaking, Artesian Rumble Arkestra, Theatre of the Oppressed, Arabic food.

Soldiers Project NW  http://youtu.be/L-6LsUcTyEk Randi Jensen and Dorothy Melcer, volunteer mental health therapists with Soldiers Project NW share their life-saving work. They represent a group of licensed mental health professionals who offer free psychological treatment to military service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserves and veterans) who have served or who expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Soldier Stories: Bob Poteat-Korean War Vet http://youtu.be/o08A6LxdurM Soldier Stories: Paths to Healing and Return is a series of veterans telling their experiences of war and their path to healing. Bob Poteat is a Navy veteran who enlisted during the Korean War. Also featured is Cheryl Dailey, a mental health therapist who volunteers with Soldiers Project NW.

Soldier Stories - Jim Breitmun & Wes Hamilton http://youtu.be/CcxJUYDUmsY “Soldier Stories”, a series of programs produced by the Rachel Corrie Chapter 109 Veterans for Peace, offer veterans the opportunity to tell their stories, to speak about their combat experience and how that experience has and continues to influence their lives. Equally important, “Soldier Stories” informs the viewer about what the nation asks when it sends men and women into combat. ; The viewer will learn about the choices humans must make in war.

Soldier Stories - Ken Schwilk & Duane King  http://youtu.be/Ia_7bmfeKt0 Ken Schwilk, Army combat Vietnam veteran, and Duane King, Army combat Korean veteran tell their stories of why and how they entered the military service, what happened that forever changed them, and what they are doing now in Veterans for Peace. Ken Schwilk recently died from his Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam.

Soldier Stories: Larry Kerschner-U.S. Army Vietnam http://youtu.be/FRFRn0_8niE Soldier Stories - Paths to Healing and Return is a series of stories told by veterans who have experienced the horrors of war. Telling their stories helps with their healing and tells Americans what it expects of young men and men whom they send of to combat.  Larry Kerschner, a Vietnam veteran, is now a poet who shares his experiences and healing process.

Soldier Stories: Mark Fleming & James Bowers http://youtu.be/thQIDAttz08 Mark Fleming and James Bowers, both Vietnam combat veterans, share how and why they entered the service, what happened to them that forever changed them, and what they are doing now as a result of that experience.

Suicide in the Services http://youtu.be/wBEeoAtUafA Suicide is epidemic in the Services, especially at JBLM. This program features three segments: a mother of a soldier who committed suicide, a widow of a soldier who committed suicide after not receiving requested help, and a mental health therapist whose specialty is suicidality.

Syria, Militarism & Climate Justice Graham Clumpner, an Afghanistan War veteran and activist, spoke about the complex issue surrounding military intervention in Syria. He also addressed climate justice needed due to the greatest environmental polluter in the world: the U.S. military. Graham is a member of GI Voice, a pro-GI, anti-war resource center in Olympia WA. 58:02 minutes

The Cost of Occupation - Dr. Dorothy Naor http://youtu.be/GJDbFJTCGX4 The Olympia Jewish Voice for Peace sponsored an informative talk by Dr. Dorothy Naor on the cost of occupation to Israelis. She advocates for New Profile – a Movement for the demilitarization of Israeli Society.

The Costs of War Zahid Chaudhry interviews Mary Hanson and Glen Anderson about the costs of war, especially the environment.

The Human Cost of War - Jacob George Remembered acob George, an Afghanistan War veteran and peace activist took his own life on September 17, 2014. He was 32 years old. He spoke out on what he saw as a "moral injury" from his time in Afghanistan. This video is a memorial to his life and our tragic loss.

The Iraq Memorial to Life - Washington DC http://youtu.be/oxdwqsmeEB8 The Iraq Memorial to Life was recently displayed on the Washington DC Capitol campus. Participants are movingly interviewed.

The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence – Dr. Bill Wickersham http://youtu.be/SvKq-0nFnjM Dr. Bill Wickersham, University of Missouri and Charles Atkins VFP Chapter, was interviewed by Dr. Dennis Mills about the myth of nuclear deterrence and why it is so hard to talk about nuclear disarmament. Two short films, he recommended, are included.

The Threat Of Military Recruiting In Our Schools http://youtu.be/QNRHDy-73HI Dr. Kathy Barker, Dr. Amy Hagapian (Washington Truth in Recruiting) and Joshua Simpson, Joseph Carter (Coffee Strong) talk about the challenges of recruiters in our public schools and what can be done about them.

The VA Claims Process – VA Claims Agent Training http://youtu.be/mQwiXe6M6F8 Lena Swanson, a retired VA Claims Benefits Specialist, trains new advocates the process of successfully helping veterans get their VA compensation.

The VA Claims Process – VA Claims Agent Training  http://youtu.be/1kLubneuRXY Lena Swanson, retired VA benefits specialist, reviews the VA claims processes that accredited independent claims agents need to know.

The War Comes Home: Trauma & Its Aftermath - Part One http://youtu.be/E2Ikw5AJHEo The War Comes Home: Trauma & Its Aftermath was held February 4, 2012 as a conference for service members, veterans, family members, and helping professionals. Part One features three veterans who have hidden wounds. Their PTSD is painfully transparent as you watch.

The War Comes Home: Trauma & Its Aftermath, Part Two http://youtu.be/2HI6OE1cfmA The War Comes Home: Trauma & Its Aftermath was held February 4, 2012 as a conference for service members, veterans, family members, and helping professionals. Part Two features Dr. Peter Maves, a clinical psychologist, specializing in complex and military trauma; Randi Jensen, a mental health therapist specializing in suicidality.

Understanding DOD & VA Benefits http://youtu.be/1Y6F60CSyrA Service members who have been injured are facing medical retirement need to learn how to receive both DOD and VA compensation benefits. A recently retired SFC shared what he learned about receiving both earned benefits.

VA Claims Process http://youtu.be/1kLubneuRXY Lena Swanson, retired VA benefits specialist, reviews the VA claims processes that accredited independent claims agents need to know.

Veterans in the Criminal Justice System and How Their PTSD Got Them There http://youtu.be/UIGlIjI6MN8 David Philipps, author of 'Lethal Warriors': When PTSD Makes Soldiers Self-Destruct, and William “Bud” Brown, PhD, professor at Western Oregon University share about the violence that American soldiers commit in combat and why that violence is brought home. 2011 Veterans for Peace Convention.

VetsRising/One Billion & Rising - Olympia WAOn February 14th @ 11:30 AM in Olympia, WA Elizabeth Bissett, an Air Force veteran and friends danced to “break the chain” of violence against women. The aim of this flash dance was to bring out of the shadows, women and men, victims of rape, sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence, while serving in our armed forces. The event took place in the Rotunda of the Washington State Capital.

Vietnam: Then and Now http://youtu.be/hlyItvvjPZI Mark Fleming, an infantryman during the Vietnam War, returned there in December 2010 with Maggie Reardon. They share their observations and how it has changed their lives. Also included are video clips of Friendship Village in Vietnam. Dan Ryan went there earlier and is a U.S. representative for Friendship Village. This show is also dedicated to Dean Mills, twin brother of Dennis Mills. Dean served in the Whitehouse Communication Agency during Vietnam. He Died on January 16th.

Vietnam Full Disclosure VFP#109 is sponsoring a Teach-In on "Vietnam Full Disclosure" at The Evergreen State College. Mark Fleming, a Vietnam veteran and Dr. Larry Mosqueda, a professor at TESC, discuss what will be covered.

Warriors Wellness Project Simulated Circle Tapping http://youtu.be/nFrRxp8o0fs  A group of EFT (emotional freedom techniques) coaches and therapists met regularly with active duty personnel and taught them techniques to reduce their stress and pain. They used circle tapping where everyone gained ‘borrowed benefits’ from tapping along with one individual. This program demonstrates what they did.

What Veterans Need to Know to File VA Claims http://youtu.be/0T-uylnnE8o Lena Swanson, Mark Fleming, and Dennis Mills discuss what veterans need to know to successfully file VA claims. Vietnam veterans and their survivors are eligible for compensation for specific diseases that are presumptive to Agent Orange Exposure. Mark and Dennis are accredited independent VA claims agents.

When Tapping Was Needed http://youtu.be/1kcHOorJpOA Veterans have ‘triggers’ that often raise their anxiety or heighten their PTSD issues.  All the media team for VFP109 are Vietnam veterans and were emotionally re-traumatized during a VFP109 taping of two poets. As host, I became aware of how one poem, “The First Man I Killed,” affected the team. Since I am also a trained EFT (emotional freedom techniques) coach, I stopped the interview and had everyone doing “tapping” while the cameras rolled.

Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military "Veterans Hour," a monthly televised program by VFP109, hosted Sarah Blum, author of "Women Under Fire - Abuse in the Military."