A draft? I dare anyone to start one again. Is Donald Rumsfeld listening? I dare you.
Meet the Bring Them Home Now! Coordinating Committee:
David Cline served in Vietnam in 1967 as a rifleman with the 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, CIB and other medals. He is also disabled from the wounds he received. He was an early member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and is currently a VVAW national coordinator. He is a former officer of Transport Workers Union Local 1400 in New Jersey. David is the president of Veterans For Peace, and president of the Jersey City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee.
Stan Goff, of Raleigh, N.C., began his military career in the U.S. Army in 1970 and retired as a Special Forces Master Sergeant in 1996. He served in Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces counter-terrorist units, in eight conflict areas. He has since become a respected commentator on military matters and an outspoken critic of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. He is the author of Hideous Dream and the forthcoming Full Spectrum Disorder (both from ). Stan's son Jessie serves in the U.S. Army and has just been deployed to Iraq.
Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson are co-founders of Military Families Speak Out, an organization of families opposed to the U.S. invasion and now the occupation of Iraq, all of whom have loved ones in the military. Their son Joe is a Marine who was deployed in August 2002, and who returned from Iraq on Memorial Day 2003. Nancy and Charley live in the Boston area and are both active in the labor movement.
Michael T. McPhearson, a native of Fayetteville, NC, was a field artillery officer of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His military career includes 6 years of reserve service and 5 years active duty service. Now living in Bloomfield, N.J. and a member of Veterans For Peace, Michael works as an activist and facilitator to help bring about social and economic justice. He is the father of an eighteen-year-old son who is planning to join the Army in September.
Dennis O'Neil is an associate member of Veterans For Peace and a postal worker from NYC. During the US Postal anthrax crisis of 2001 (caused by a biological weapon bred at a US Army facility), the machines he works on were contaminated. A fellow union member, Thomas Morris, Jr. of Washington, DC, died of anthrax after being assured by postal management that there was no danger. Morris's last words were "I have a tendency not to believe these people..." That sums up how Dennis feels about the Bush administration.
Michael Uhl, PhD, served in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant, leading a combat intelligence team with the 11th Infantry Brigade, based in Quang Ngai Province (I Corps). He became active in the anti-Vietnam War movement in 1969, and testified about U.S. war crimes in Vietnam. Michael is co-founder of Citizen Soldier, and now works as a professional writer. With Tod Ensign, he wrote G.I. Guinea Pigs: How the Pentagon