“War on Terror” Veterans Dialog with HS and College Students

Host/Sponsor: 
We Are Not Your Soldiers
Room: 
1.101
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Abstract: 
Veterans with the We Are Not Your Soldiers project of World Can't Wait present what they do in high school and college classrooms where students have grown up under continual wars, know very little about them and may be considering joining the U.S. military with no first-hand knowledge of what it really entails. Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans relate their experiences in boot camp, occupying countries and post-military, honestly and forthrightly sharing what happened to them and the people in the countries under attack by the US. Based on the class curriculum, we also can provide a historical presentation with a Vietnam military resister and/or veteran. Students are provided with information military recruiters don’t give them on PTSD, suicide, medical/psychological issues, homelessness and the danger of losing their humanity. Students freely raise issues, ideas and questions and engage in critical thinking.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Stephanie
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Rugoff
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Coordinator, We Are Not Your Soldiers
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
A literacy specialist with the NYC Department of Education Stephanie taught reading and writing. She has also worked as a reading and writing consultant. Stephanie currently is part of the national office staff of World Can't Wait, where she coordinates the We Are Not Your Soldiers project.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Joe
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Urgo
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Vietnam veteran
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Joe served in the US Air Force Security Police guarding nuclear weapons & nuclear loaded aircraft from 1966-70, serving all of 1968 at Ton Son Nhut AB in Vietnam. In 1970, right after the AF, he joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War & was in the VVAW Nat. Office for 2.5 years, later in the NYC chapter. In the Nat. office he helped organize the Rapid American Withdrawal (RAW), a simulated search-&-destroy march for 86 miles from NJ to Valley Forge PA; the 1971 Winter Soldier Investigation into US War Crimes in Vietnam & the 1971 Dewey Canyon 3 protest when Vietnam veterans angrily threw their medals back at Congress in Washington DC. In Aug. 1971 he was the first Vietnam vet to go to North Vietnam on a peace mission. He is currently a member of Chapter 34 of Veterans for Peace. Since 1975 he has been a supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Lyle
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Rubin
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Afghanistan veteran
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Lyle Jeremy Rubin is a PhD candidate in American history at the University of Rochester. He served in the United States Marine Corps for five years, with nearly a year of that service in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Stephanie
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Rugoff
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
World Can't Wait

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