Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Russell loads up before the “Defend Freedom” bus departs for Lynchburg on Tuesday. The Concerned Veterans of America stopped at American Legion Post 188 on Waterman Drive in Harrisonburg on Tuesday as part of its nationwide tour. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Russell, who led the unit that helped catch former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, speaks at the event.
Speaker Amber Barno (right), who flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army CW 2 in a Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter, talks after the program Tuesday with U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Richard Davis, who served in the 1st Calvary Division from 1969-70 as a combat medic.
Phil Hart, a U.S. Army veteran who served in West Germany during the early Cold War period, chats with speaker Karen Vaughn at a Concerned Veterans of America “Defend Freedom” tour bus stop at American Legion Post 188 in Harrisonburg on Tuesday. Vaughn is mother of Seal Team Six member Aaron Vaughn who was killed with 29 others during a mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.