Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Field Exercises That Don't Train For Battle


"Field Training Exercises" is a military term. 

The FTX, as it's known, does what the name implies… gets soldiers ready for battle in realistic conditions in the field. 

Stephanie Westlund turns the terminology on its head in her book Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities. 

She details the work some veterans are doing in nature to get past their military experiences. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

On The Battle Lines With "Soldier Girls"

Credit Simon & Schuster

The 21st century American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represented a departure from the American military adventures of the past. 

Put aside the political for a moment and consider the gender issue: both wars featured large numbers of American women in uniform for the first time. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Using The Tax Return To Protest War

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter costs around $135 Million each to build.
Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

There are probably few people who look forward to April 15th.

It is, after all, the day when our income tax returns are due. 

But there are people who relish the opportunity to make a statement about where our tax money goes.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:38 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Military Interest In Sex Assault Program

Credit Ashland Police

The very title of Ashland's program for sexual assault victims says a lot: "You Have Options." 

Those options include waiting to decide whether to file charges, which can make a big difference in a victim's well-being. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 4, 2013
12:48 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Veterans Come Home In Redding

Credit Robert Neff/Fifth World Art

The political figures came out recently for the ribbon cutting; now it's time for the veterans to move into the new veterans home in Redding. 

It took most of a decade to locate and build the facility, eventual home to 150 military veterans. 

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Canisters Could Ignite
6:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Watch Out For Military Markers On The Coast

Look out for military marine markers on the Oregon Coast. That is the warning from Oregon State Police. The markers are silver canisters about 18 inches long and 3 inches wide.

Last week, three of them were found along the Oregon coast.

State Hazardous Device Technicians say it is not unusual to respond to one a month, but three in a week is very unusual.

The devices are dropped by military aircraft to mark the location of something floating in the ocean. The trouble is, they contain white phosphorous, which burns in contact with air.

Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2013
12:04 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Considering Syria More Carefully

The flag of Syria.

The news about Syria came so fast this week, news organizations struggled to keep up.  Just as Congress returned for a likely vote on authorizing military action, Syria showed a willingness to consider putting its chemical weapons under international control, perhaps rendering an American attack moot.  We'll get two viewpoints on Syria in this interview--from Arcadia University professor Samer Abboud, who studies politics and the economy in Syria and other countries, and from Veterans for Peace past national president Leah Bolger.

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