Senator Bernie Sanders is urging Congress to pass a second
economic stimulus package to help repair the nation’s transportation and
education infrastructure. Sanders says the package would create thousands of new
month the group Iraq Veterans Against the War held the winter soldier
proceedings near Washington, D.C. Matt
Howard of Burlington was there. Howard was a Marine Corporal and served
during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and later went back in 2004.
He speaks with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb about the experience.
According to UN figures, two million Iraqi refugees have
fled into neighboring countries since the U.S.
invasion in 2003. Now, one Vermont
man is working to make sure they have access to health care. VPR’s Jane
Lindholm talks with Brattleboro resident
Noah Baker Merrill, who is the founder and coordinator of a grass roots medical
relief project called Direct Aid Iraq.
Just a under a year ago, the Vermont National Guard started a new
effort to help identify whether veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq were
suffering from traumatic brain injury. Over the first
year of the program, its mandate and staffing have increased to deal
with the large numbers of veterans who need assistance in readjusting
to civilian life.
If you’re opposed to the war in Iraq and would like to see Vermont’s
National Guard troops brought home from the conflict, you might want to
hear what Peter Teachout has to say about a bill designed to achieve
He speaks with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb.
A group of lawmakers is calling on Governor Jim Douglas to
end the deployment of roughly 25 Vermont National Guard troops serving in Iraq.
They say President Bush’s authority to use these troops has expired.
But the governor says a review by his office shows that
the President’s authority is legal.