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Anthony Wagner Memorial

This image is from Celebrate People’s History/Iraq Veterans Against the War: Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice, a portfolio that celebrated IVAW’s first ten years and was produced by Justseeds, IVAW, Booklyn, Repetitive Press, and the Civilian Soldier Alliance.

(IVAW is now known as About Face: Veterans Against the War)


A dark brown line drawing portrait of a young man against a blue gray background. He stands smiling, looking into the distance, wearing a cap and a jacket.  A tall red flower is painted to his side. Text above states, “Anthony Wagner. 1982 – 2011. ‘I demonstrate in the streets because I know my service offers the credibility needed to discredit a lie.’ Anthony Wagner was a truth teller and a truth seeker. He served in the Army from 2001 – 2007 and was deployed to Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division from 2004 to 2005. While deployed he survived several RPG and IED attacks that left him with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After his service, he joined IraqVeterans Against the War and began speaking out in high schools and colleges about the realities of war and occupation with We Are Not Your Soldiers. He was active in the Occupy Movement, volunteered regularly with the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse, and studied film at Columbia College in Chicago. Anthony, like many other veterans, struggled with his was wounds, TBI, PTSD, and addiction. Anthony died of suspected overdose in his friends apartment the morning after he visited Zuccotti Park, ground zero of the Occupy Movement.”

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