The Conversation About War and Our Veterans We Refuse to Have
Benjamin Sledge
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Thank you. I learned as a child, because I had a friendship with a Vietnam vet, that veterans are critical to peace. Only through their experience can we understand the cost of war. It’s disturbing to see the public abdicate responsibility for war by censoring veteran experiences, but as you testify here, it happens all the time. It adds insult to Moral Injury and promotes endless warfare. I admire your bravery, not just because you are a veteran and served under such difficult conditions, but because you have talked about your experience openly and with the clear intent to serve our nation beyond the war as a citizen voice.

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