Iraq 10th anniversary

Two world-traveling peace activists will talk about the turmoil in Iraq and other issues during a visit to Northampton, Massachusetts today. Kathy Kelly and Milan Rai ( rye) were members of  Voices from the Wilderness, an organization that worked to deliver medicine and toys to children in Iraq.  

Kathy Kelly and Milan Rai (rye) will speak at the Northampton Friends Meetinghouse at  7pm today.

Kelly is a co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Non-violence. She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about her experiences in Iraq.

A former New York congresswoman says time is running out, and an investigation should be made into possible war crimes by the Bush administration before the statute of limitations expires next year.

Elizabeth Holtzman, a Democrat, who once sought her party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, tells WAMC's Brian Shields that the Justice Department should look into a possible violation of federal law.

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When soldiers return from overseas tours to places like Afghanistan and Iraq, many must deal with medical or psychological issues.  Ten years after the beginning of the war in Iraq, veterans are facing increasing challenges at home.  Two veterans’ medical centers are serving upstate New York and Vermont with a variety of services.

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New York National Guard Sargeant Chris Paiser was deployed to Iraq about three months after the capture of Saddam Hussein.  On June 16th,  2004,  Paiser was at his base’s PX in Balad when a rocket attack caused shrapnel to impact just below his right temple, permanently blinding him. 

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At least one peace organization got its start by coordinating efforts to end the war in Iraq. On this 10th anniversary of the start of that war, and with its end, that peace group now directs its attention to more than just war.

The U.S.  government has spent more than $812 billion on the war in Iraq, according to the National Priorities Project, a research center based in Northampton Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Christopher Hellman, a senior budget analyst at the National Priorities Project about what taxpayers got for their money in Iraq.

On the 10th Annivesary of the US Invasion of Iraq, Capital Region bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with two Iraq war veterans who are now political leaders.

105th District Assemblyman Kieran Lalor was with one of the first Marine Corps units in Iraq, based out of Albany. He explains his batallion had been activated the year after 9 eleven, but stayed stateside until being discharged from active duty in 2002, only to be mobilized again in March 2003.


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One of the signature lasting effects on veterans of the Iraq War is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reveals that PTSD not only affects those who served, but their family members as well....

Amy, a resident of the Northern Berkshires is married to a veteran who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, and was redeployed for Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. Amy, who asked to keep her last name anonymous, said that when her husband returned from war the first time in 2006, she noticed his behavior had changed.