Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 5 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 5/19/09

Vets Speak Out! Interview with Devon Read

By       (Page 2 of 2 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page. (View How Many People Read This)   4 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Joan Brunwasser
Become a Fan
  (89 fans)
Have you stayed in touch with people you served with?

I stay in contact with a few guys from my old units, but for the most part only guys that have gotten out as well.  The guys that are still in haven't yet allowed themselves to look at the war from a clear perspective and are still very combative toward the anti-war movement.  There have been a few that, like myself, began to reevaluate what they knew about the war once they got out and have come to similar conclusions as I.  One Marine from the platoon I was in before I went to Iraq is now in my IVAW chapter.  We hadn't seen each other for six years, so it was pretty nice seeing an old comrade in a new unfamiliar place.

Do you feel there is a big gulf between vets and those who haven't served because of your experiences overseas?

I certainly think there's a divide - the depth and breadth of which usually depends on an individuals political ideologies.  We were in DC this past week taking meetings with Congress to tell them about our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan to try to enlighten them as to what they'd be funding if they voted on the emergency supplemental.  

We were discussing the meetings with some other passengers on the Metro. A few gentlemen started yelling at us that we're un American and that the 3,000 people that were murdered on 9/11 deserve our unwavering support for these wars.  When we told them we were all infantry Marines who'd been to war for this country it shook them, because they didn't know how to process the combination of an anti-war stance with an obviously pro-American person.  

Still, they couldn't be reasoned with, and the divide between our experience of being there and their experience of the war entirely through the filtered perspective of right-wing news and radio was very obvious.  This is something that I think is imperative that we overcome as a nation. I think it can be done simply with more discussion and by trying to all allow ourselves to be open-minded about opposing view points.

Discussion and debate - simple but essential building blocks of democracy. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Devon. Good luck to you!

***
Part One Vets Speak Out! Interview with Rick Reyes
Part Two Vets Speak Out! Interview with Christopher Gallagher

Rethink Afghanistan 
Iraq Veterans Against the War

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

 

Funny 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Joan Brunwasser Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Interview with Dr. Margaret Flowers, Arrested Tuesday at Senate Roundtable on Health Care

Renowned Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck on "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success"

Howard Zinn on "The People Speak," the Supreme Court and Haiti

Snopes confirms danger of Straight Ticket Voting (STV)

Fed Up With Corporate Tax Dodgers? Check Out PayUpNow.org!

Literary Agent Shares Trade Secrets With New Writers

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: