Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends, and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs

An evening with Suzanne Gordon, Steve Early, and Jasper Craven
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401






“This important book effectively debunks the myth that outsourced federal services are better and more cost-effective, while revealing the dangers of turning VA patients into ‘customers’ of the healthcare industry.” -- Donald Cohen, coauthor of ― The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back

Our Veterans pulls back the curtain on the military and veteran community, often shrouded and protected by invocations of patriotism. . . . This book is a wake-up call for an American public led to believe that our country supports veterans.”--Lindsay Church, Navy veteran, cofounder and Executive Director, Minority Veterans of America

Please join us for an evening with Suzanne Gordon, Steve Early, and Jasper Craven, the authors of Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends, and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs which explores the physical, emotional, social, economic, and psychological impact of military service and the problems that veterans face when they return to civilian life. The authors critically examine the role of advocacy organizations, philanthropies, corporations, and politicians who purport to be "pro-veteran." They describe the ongoing debate about the cost, quality, and effectiveness of healthcare provided or outsourced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They also examine generational divisions and political tensions among veterans, as revealed in the tumultuous events of 2020, from Black Lives Matter protests to the Trump-Biden presidential contest. Frank and revealing, Our Veterans proposes a new agenda for veterans affairs linking service provision to veterans to the quest for broader social programs benefiting all Americans.

This evening is co-sponsored by the Vermont AFL-CIO and Communications Workers of America Local 1400.

Suzanne Gordon is Senior Policy Analyst at the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute and the author of many books, most recently, Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation's Veterans.

Steve Early is a freelance journalist, labor organizer, lawyer, and the author of, most recently, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation, among others.

Jasper Craven is a freelance journalist who covers the military and veterans. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, the New Republic, and The Baffler, among others.

Please note, masks are strongly encouraged but no longer required for vaccinated attendees. We can’t predict the future course of the pandemic, so Phoenix Books reserves the right to institute masking and/or vaccination rules for this event as circumstances dictate.  

DATE:  Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, downtown Burlington

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public but advance registration is requested.  Please register below. 

PRE-ORDERS:  Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalized copy of Our Veterans?  Click HERE.  Copies will be available after the event on September 13th.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.