Reverend Shawna Foster, National Guard Veteran, Nuclear Biological Chemical Specialist

For Jacob David George: Death by Suicide

Jacob talked about how he was a poor farmer sent over to kill other poor farmers overseas. He was deployed three times and, when he came back, he decided that he was going to ride his bicycle and talk about the wars and the misconceptions of them until the end.

When I joined the military, I was 17 years old. I joined the Nebraska Army National Guard and I drilled with the Guard while I was still in high school, so I didn’t really know much about the military. I just believed my government. After I found out that the Bush administration lied about the fact that there were weapons of mass destruction and that Saddam Hussein had them, I felt that I could no longer follow that nation.

How can we beat swords into plowshares?

We spend over 1 trillion dollars. A lot of that is borrowed for a security budget that doesn’t really keep us any safer. We really need to be able to face these hard truths and then we can find other truths.

If we took that money and invested it into healthcare, that would create twice as many jobs. If we took that money and invested it into education, that would create three times as many jobs. We don’t need to make investments in the losing military industrial complex anymore. We can take this money and put it into programs, as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, into programs of social uplift.

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