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GRITtv Interview: Stop-Loss Killed Me

Iraq war veteran Kris Goldsmith had the grim job of working as a photo-documentarian for US military intelligence on the ground in Iraq. His main task was to catalogue individual close-up images of the fallen in Iraq for further identification. When the severe mental health repercussions of these experiences prevented him from returning to Iraq, the military removed him from service and cited “serious misconduct” on his discharge papers, preventing him from receiving the benefits he needed to attend college.

I saw him earlier this year speaking at the Winter Soldier forum convened by Iraq Veterans Against the War. Last week we spoke about his experiences in Iraq and the consequences of stop-loss back home.

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GRITtv Interview: Stop-Loss Killed Me

Iraq war veteran Kris Goldsmith had the grim job of working as a photo-documentarian for US military intelligence on the ground in Iraq. His main task was to catalogue individual close-up images of the fallen in Iraq for further identification. When the severe mental health repercussions of these experiences prevented him from returning to Iraq, the military removed him from service and cited “serious misconduct” on his discharge papers, preventing him from receiving the benefits he needed to attend college.

I saw him earlier this year speaking at the Winter Soldier forum convened by Iraq Veterans Against the War. Last week we spoke about his experiences in Iraq and the consequences of stop-loss back home.

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.

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