May 26 2014
Today is Memorial Day – despite what the retail industry would like us to think, it is not a day for deep shopping discounts. It is a day that the Veterans Affairs Department says “commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.”
The VA is currently under fire for problems with its healthcare system for veterans, which some allege have led to deaths of former service members waiting for treatment. There have been calls for the Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down. But this country has never really treated its soldiers very well. And, despite right wing assertions that it is soldiers who have given us our freedoms, military adventures have always resulted in death, destruction, and despair.
Bruce Dancis is a journalist, who worked as managing editor of Mother Jones magazine, and an editor at the Sacramento Bee. Dancis was in the thick of organizing against the Vietnam war here in the US, and was among only a small number of people who actually served time in prison for destroying his draft card.
His new book Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War, was reviewed by KPFK Programmer, Nation writer, and UC Irvine professor Jon Wiener, who said it “may be the most compelling, the most illuminating, and the most insightful” of 60s era memoirs.
GUEST: Bruce Dancis, author of Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War