Questioning War is a Civic Duty. Why Do So Few Do It?

By Kevin Basl “How do you motivate men and women to fight and die for a cause many of them don’t believe in, and whose purpose they can’t articulate?” That’s what Phil Klay, author and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, asks in an essay published this month in The Atlantic. Unfortunately, he points out in a recent … Read moreQuestioning War is a Civic Duty. Why Do So Few Do It?

How the Pentagon tried to cure America of its ‘Vietnam syndrome’

In the years after Vietnam, some members of the political and military establishment want to use military force without feeling hamstrung by the possibility of public opposition. But going to war is arguably one of the most important decisions a country can make…

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The Children of Agent Orange

The analysis that followed was revealing: The odds of having a child born with birth defects during or after the war were more than a third higher for veterans who say they handled, sprayed or were directly sprayed with Agent Orange than for veterans who say they weren’t exposed or weren’t sure. The analysis controlled for such variables as age and health status.

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Reliving Agent Orange: What The Children of Vietnam Vets Have To Say

Vietnam Memorial

ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are looking into the multigenerational effects of Agent Orange. Please fill out the corresponding questionnaire if you are:

  • A veteran
  • Child of a veteran
  • Family member of a veteran

Beginning today, we are delving into a more-thorny component of the story: Whether Agent Orange has adversely affected the health of vets’ children. Earlier this month, we asked those children to share their stories. We were flooded with responses. We’ve highlighted a few below.

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