The nation is transfixed by the financial meltdown. It has become the top issue of the presidential campaign. But while stock prices drop, casualties continue to rise in Afghanistan and Iraq. On October 18, soldiers, their families, veterans, journalists and peace activists are coming together in Portland to offer testimony on the human cost of war. Winter Soldier Northwest, modeled on the Winter Soldier hearings held in 1971 by Vietnam veterans opposed to that war, is one of many regional hearings held around the country to build the political will needed to end the war and bring the troops home.
Dave talks with four participants in the upcoming event. Megan Brooker of PDX Peace Coalition is one of the main organizers of Winter Soldier Northwest. She has a brother serving a second tour in Iraq. Adele Kubein is president of the Oregon chaper of Military Families Speak Out and mother of an Iraq war veteran. Joseph Holness served in the U.S. Army in Iraq. Dr. Zaher Wahab is a professor at Lewis and Clark College and a senior adevisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan.