VVAWVietnam Veterans Against the War
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But in keeping with his composed personality, he took every opportunity to participate in quiet, peaceful demonstrations with his 20 veteran friends - so peaceful, in fact, that some other anti-war groups thought Vaaler's VVAW was overly polite.
The VVAW and the G.I.s who were against the war made their bodies visible and charged them with countercultural, dissenting value to ward off any official post-war attempt to re-interpret them as icons of national pride and bravery: they articulated "resistance through images, tropes and poetics of mutilation in which the fragmented, dismembered, disincorporated (masculine) body signifies both the brutal incoherence of the war and the failure of dominant ideology's notion of the soldier body as an impenetrable totality" (Bibby 1996, 9).
VVAW members tended to fall into the latter category.
Challenges to its credibility were answered by historian John Prados in "Round up: Historians' Take: John Prados: the Winter Soldier Investigation Was Never Discredited," New Republic, August 30, 2004, reprinted on the website of the VVAW, http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?id-481&hilite-%22winter+soldier%22 (accessed 5/3/12).
But soon thereafter a buddy proposed that Hartford join him in organizing VVAW chapters on the west coast.
He explores resistance among nurses, servicemen and veterans in Vietnam and the United States, paying careful attention to GI antiwar newspapers, collective action, and organizations such as the American Servicemen's Union (ASU) and Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW).
Unlike Hager who joined the anti-war movement through VVAW when he came home and who comes across in his interview as strong, committed, and politically astute, if angry, Bob, as played by Bruce Dern in the movie, gives us an image of a veteran who is confused and self-pityingly weak.
An outgrowth of the burgeoning antiwar veterans' movement, the collection brought together a selection of poems gathered over four years by members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW).
Thirty-seven years ago, I testified at the Winter Soldier Investigation with other VVAW members about the war crimes that were being committed in Vietnam under direct orders of the United States military and government.
privately shared the views of the VVAW." Present-day students should know this, to say nothing of Kerry critics, who have tried to portray him as something of a lone aberration in the Vietnam years.
Moser's chapter on the veteran's movement focuses on Vietnam Veterans against the War (VVAW).