Have the testimonies of the VVAW members in the Winter Soldier Investigation been discredited?
Each veteran’s authenticity and testimony were checked before the hearings by Investigation organizers. Who better to authenticate Vietnam service than other Vietnam vets (Brinkley, 349; Hunt, 66-68). Each veteran’s authenticity and testimony were checked after the hearings by Nixon’s “plumbers”. Charles Colson was assigned the task. In a CONFIDENTIAL “Plan to Counteract Viet Nam Veterans Against the War”, Colson wrote, “The men that participated in the pseudo-atrocity hearings in Detroit will be checked to ascertain if they are genuine combat veterans.” At one point, the Nixon team suggested in a memo about VVAW, “Several of their regional coordinators are former Kennedy supporters.” With the exception of the attack on Al Hubbard, nothing worse was ever produced (Brinkley, 356-357;Hunt, 73-84; Wells, 489-490).