Kevin Basl is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He’s also an instructor for Combat Paper NJ and Warrior Writers, two veteran-focused arts organizations.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Thank Farmers and Grocery Workers for Their Service
As a veteran of the U.S. Army, I’m often thanked for my service. I’ve never felt comfortable receiving this thanks. To be honest, I’m not proud of my participation in the Iraq War. But recently, as the initial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the U.S., I was thanked for my service under...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Why I Answered the Call for Veterans to Go to Standing Rock
I lay among friends, huddled and cold in our sleeping bags. We listened to the lashing wind and the drums and prayer chants coming from the sacred fire, and we reflected on why we, four Iraq War veterans, were here. Police floodlights shone from the drill site of the Dakota Access Pipeline,...