Iraq veteran Eddie Falcon speaks out against the war
- Iraq veteran Eddie Falcon speaks out against the war
In the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Bay Area was a center for activism against the war in Vietnam. Some of those protestors happened to be returning veterans, and many of those vets are still protesting for peace today. Joining them are some servicemembers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan – people like Eddie Falcon. Shani Aviram has this profile.
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May 25, 2011
EDDIE FALCON: I was pretty young. I didn't think I understood, really, how things worked in the world.
SHANI AVIRAM: Eddie Falcon is an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He enlisted when he was 18, after growing up east of Los Angeles, in a community plagued by drugs, gangs, and crime.
FALCON: I enlisted in the first place to get money for school and to get out of, you know, like harsh socio-economic situations that I was living in. So, what people call that is the “economic draft.”
Growing up in West Covina and La Puente in the Southern California desert, he says he had only two paths to choose from.
FALCON: La Puente is a really crazy neighborhood to live in. There's a lot of gang violence around. It's a really tough area. And then over when I was living in the desert there was nothing to do there but drugs. So those were just, like, my two options: get addicted...
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