Living With Vietnam and Afghanistan: It’s Not What You Did Then, But What You Will Do Now

Having suffered the trauma and moral distress of participating in war, in my case the American War in Vietnam, I have learned that "coming home," reintegrating, and living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and moral injury can be aided or hindered by whether military members and veterans can find meaning and purpose in the experience. … Continue reading “Living With Vietnam and Afghanistan: It’s Not What You Did Then, But What You Will Do Now”

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’: Transforming Moral Injury and Traumatic Recollections into Narrative

Considered by many to be the greatest antiwar novel, Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front (henceforth All Quiet) is much more than a well-written war story. Remarque’s depiction of trench warfare told from the perspective of young soldiers is, arguably, the most accurate and accessible account of war and the effects of … Continue reading “‘All Quiet on the Western Front’: Transforming Moral Injury and Traumatic Recollections into Narrative”

Christmas: A Casualty of War

I remember being far from home, family, and loved ones. Thrust into an alien and hostile land I didn’t even know existed. Christmas dinner choppered in to a desolate LZ. The space on the chopper where the cold turkey and warm beer had been, quickly filled with the still-warm bodies of comrades who had experienced … Continue reading “Christmas: A Casualty of War”

Hero or Murderer: The Pardoning of Michael Behenna

In "celebration" of Memorial Day, this Nation’s most somber day of remembering and grieving those sacrificed in war, President Trump is considering pardoning a number of Servicemen accused or convicted of war crimes. To the delight of some and the outrage of others, President Trump has already granted a full pardon to Michael Behenna, a … Continue reading “Hero or Murderer: The Pardoning of Michael Behenna”

Both Victimizers and Victims

Recently I was invited to attend the "My Lai Memorial Traveling Exhibit" sponsored by the New York City Chapter of Veterans For Peace during its three day showing at the Quaker Meeting House in Manhattan. Developed by "Mac" MacDevitt and the Chicago Chapter of Veterans For Peace, the purpose of the exhibit is, in my … Continue reading “Both Victimizers and Victims”

Why I Tell No War Stories

War Story: an account or anecdote concerning one’s personal experiences of hardship, ordeal, or adventure in military combat during war. ~ Though as a activist, philosopher, educator, and veteran, I speak often of war in theory and in practice, I earnestly strive to avoid telling war stories as traditionally understood. While, on occasion, I may … Continue reading “Why I Tell No War Stories”

A Celebration of Killing and Dying

November 10th is the 242nd birthday of the United State Marine Corps. It is a time of celebration during which current and former Marines acknowledge the storied history and glorious traditions of the branch of the military in which they so proudly served. I, however, am torn. As a former Marine Corps officer with service … Continue reading “A Celebration of Killing and Dying”

Reclaiming Armistice Day: A Day To Perpetuate Peace

Following World War One, up until then the bloodiest and most destructive war in the history of humankind, many of the beleaguered belligerent nations resolved, at least temporarily, that such devastation and tragic loss of life must never happen again. In the United States, on June 4, 1926, Congress passed a concurrent resolution establishing November … Continue reading “Reclaiming Armistice Day: A Day To Perpetuate Peace”

Rationalizing Genocide

Outrage over what has been alleged to be interference by a foreign power in the affairs of this country has led to a profound deterioration of relations with Russia and the unfortunate and tragic renewal of the Cold War. The mainstream media, despite the fact that the investigation is ongoing and conclusive evidence has yet … Continue reading “Rationalizing Genocide”