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Taken from VVAW and the Literature of War by Elise Lemire:

I teach a course at a public liberal arts college on "The Literature of War." In the first half of the course, we read novels by Rebecca West, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, and Tim O'Brien, in which men go to war to fulfill their country's masculine ideal only to suffer the consequences. In West's Return of the Soldier (1918), three women conspire to jog the memory of a shell-shocked Chris Baldry so he can return to WWI's western front. For them, his likely death in battle is preferable to staying home, where Chris would be what one of them describes in homophobic and ableist terms as "forever queer and small and like a dwarf." In O'Brien's The Things They Carried (1990), Tim, the narrator the author names after himself, is presented with an opportunity to escape to Canada after he is drafted in 1968 but cannot imagine crossing the border. "I would kill and maybe die," he explains, "because I was embarrassed not to.... Read More

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  2. VVAW Library Project Begins Construction by Chuck Thuesch
  3. PTSD (poem) by Lawrence Christie
  4. Fraggin' by Bill Shunas
  5. Afghanistan: Who's Responsible? by W. D. Ehrhart
  6. Reflections on the Afghanistan Debacle by John Ketwig
  7. War Fever (poem) by Jan Barry
  8. Being With You (poem) by Diane Ford (1971)
  9. The Latest on SOVA: Save Our VA From Privatization by John Ketwig
  10. These Old Bones (poem) by Nowlin Haltom
  11. The Importance of the "VA Advantage" by Suzanne Gordon and Russell Lemle with intro by Jim Wohlgemuth
  12. Taliban Inherits Ton of US Weaponry Left Behind (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  13. VVAW Library Project Begins Construction photos by VVAW
  14. Remembrance of Ann Bailey by John Lindquist
  15. Memories of Ann Bailey by John Zutz
  16. Ring Around the Red Squad: Memories of Annie Bailey by Joe Petzel
  17. Annie Bailey: In Her Own Words by as told to Richard Stacewicz
  18. Annie Bailey photos by VVAW
  19. Uniforms, Rage, Medals and Citations by Joseph Petzel
  20. Ellsberg Lesson by Bill Johnston
  21. A Crucible Endured by John Crandell
  22. Put A Flag On It by Amber Zora
  23. Contested Identity: Schuyler vs Schuyler by Arthur H. Dorland
  24. F-35 Fighter Now Estimated to Cost 100 Million Each (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  25. Operation Peace on Earth and Statue of Liberty by Bobby Clarke
  26. VVAW and the Literature of War by Elise Lemire
  27. Dissenting POWs by John Ketwig (reviewer)
  28. Uncle Ho by Jim Hale
  29. Conscientious Objector by Gerald R. Gioglio (reviewer)
  30. Bikes for Education in Vietnam by Nadya Williams with David Clark
  31. Jersey City, NJ: Honoring VVAW Member Clarence Fitch at James J. Ferris High School by Joe Hirsch
  32. Bronze Star (poem) by rg cantalupo
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  34. On the Ho Chi Minh Trail by Susan R. Dixon (reviewer)
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  36. Photos from the VVAW Archives by VVAW
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  38. A Soldiers' Home Companion by Marc Levy
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  41. Bayonet Etiquette (poem) by W. D. Ehrhart
  42. Veterans Day (poem) by Daniel E. Rihn
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  44. The Shadows From Which We Rise by rg cantalupo
  45. Invisible Wounds, Part Three by Joseph Giannini
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