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Veterans bus stops at State Capitol Thursday on trip to ‘Winter Soldier' D.C. event
by Dan Bacher
Wednesday Mar 5th, 2008 9:43 PM
A bus of veterans from Oregon will stop at the State Capitol in Sacramento Thursday on its way to a national event in Washington D.C. organized by veterans to expose – with first-hand accounts – atrocities that have taken place in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
VETERANS FOR PEACE
Chapter 87, Sacramento


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Contact: Cres Vellucci, Veterans for Peace, 916-996-9170

ATTN: Daybook/News Desk

Veterans bus stops at State Capitol
Thursday on coast-to-coast trip to ‘Winter
Soldier' D.C. event to expose Iraq atrocities

SACRAMENTO – A bus of veterans from Oregon will stop at the State
Capitol here Thursday on its way to a national event in Washington D.C.
organized by veterans to expose – with first-hand accounts – atrocities
that have taken place in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A news conference for the vets – held on board the colorful Veterans for
Peace bus known as "Squadron 13 Deployed" – will be held THURSDAY at
9:30 a.m. outside the West Steps of the State Capitol (at the bus
parking area on the street).

"Winter Solider: Iraq & Afghanistan" is scheduled for March 13-16 in
Washington D.C., and features first-hand testimony from U.S. veterans,
who will testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. They
will present video and photographic evidence.

Sponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War, Vietnam Veterans Against the
War, Military Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families Speak Out, the
historical event features panels of scholars, veterans, journalists and
others will present everything from the history of GI resistance to the
fight for veterans' health benefits and support. It will be broadcast
nationally.

The event is patterned after the 1971 "Winter Soldier Investigation" in
Detroit, sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Against the War, where the VVAW
challenged the morality and conduct of the war by showing a direct
relationship between military policies and war crimes in Vietnam.
One-hundred and nine veterans gave testimony about war crimes they had
committed or witnesses during the years 1963-1970.

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