TV: “A Vietnam Veteran Now Works for Peace”

To watch this 1-hour interview, click HERE.

To read a more thorough summary than the brief summary shown below (and sources of more information), click Program Description — July 2014 for .pdf

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s July 2014 TV program features a warm and frank conversation with Larry Kerschner, a Vietnam veteran who started working for peace and social justice a few years after returning – and has been accomplishing more and more ever since.

Drawing upon his religious roots and his experiences in the army, Larry has developed himself into a wise, compassionate, and courageous peace activist who “connects the dots” between spiritual grounding and how to live actively and nonviolently in a world that is far different from what we want. Larry expresses his experiences, his values, and his analysis not only through peace activism in our local region, but also through traveling to other countries and through writing poetry.

Larry recently retired from a career as a health care professional in Lewis County. He grew up in Seattle, was drafted and sent to Vietnam, where he served in the US army’s infantry. He shares a powerful experience that happened soon after arriving in Vietnam. He wrote a poem about that, titled “Answering a Question.” It appears on page 5 of his 2013 book of poetry, Grave Lines, which people can buy from Larry at peacepoet@gmail.com.  During our interview, Larry reads some of his highly relevant and moving poetry.

During our TV interview, Larry tells about the few years after returning from Vietnam and some steps that later connected him with the peace movement, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and Veterans for Peace (VfP). The end of this article offers ways to contact these and other organizations.

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org