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David Brancaccio talks with Iraq war veteran Perry Jefferies about the controversy stirred up by Cindy Sheehan's vigil near the President's ranch, and Jefferies's hometown, in Texas.

Perry Jefferies


Perry Jefferies served as a First Sergeant with the Army's 4th Infantry Division in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After deploying to Iraq and traveling with the cavalry through the Sunni Triangle, his unit moved to the Iran - Iraq border and set up Camp Caldwell, future home of the New Iraqi Army. Often frustrated by the absence of priority on planning and basic soldier needs, he has spoken out about the lack of basic necessities such as food, water, and repair parts. Previously a prison guard in Texas, he says that in many cases, soldiers are treated worse than the convicts he used to guard.

Jefferies joined the Army after enlisting in the Texas National Guard and served in Korea, Germany, and the United States before deploying to Iraq. He has served in infantry, armor, and cavalry units and was an instructor at the Armor School at Fort Knox. He retired in 2004 and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. He is a member of the Order of Saint George for service to Armor and Cavalry.

Perry Jefferies hails from Waco, Texas but settled in Copperas Cove, near Fort Hood, where he lives with his wife. He works for a large contractor with the blood program at Fort Hood and rides motorcycles in his spare time.

Read more from Perry Jefferies on the Operation Truth Web Site. (Operation Truth is "a nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy organization for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.")

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