Michael Sarratt - Chair
Congressman Newhouse issued an open invitation to Vietnam vets to attend a 'pinning' ceremony to be held in Okanogan. I encourage everyone to contact Newhouse with counter-textual narratives. I sent the following response to him:
"Mr. Newhouse, I'm a Vietnam veteran who will not be attending your 'pinning' ceremony. There are many of us vets--a majority actually--who joined the military as starry-eyed patriots and came back ashamed after participating in an immoral, unprovoked war of annihilation against a peasant population. In 1970, after the National Guard killed student protesters at Kent State University, I threw away my medals and dog tags and joined the Vietnam Vets Against War. Your cynical exploitation of aging vets for political purposes is deeply offensive."