Garry Trudeau Addresses Critics in ‘Stars and Stripes’ Opinion Piece

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By: E&P Staff

“Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau is usually one to let his work do the talking, but in an opinion piece run by Stars and Stripes this past Sunday, he shared some insight into his work — particularly, his portrayal of military matters.

In the piece, headlined ?How ?Doonesbury? serves the troops,? Trudeau addresses the criticism he receives from some quarters, particularly those who call him ?anti-military? — an unfortunate, misguided notion, as the cartoonist has received multiple awards from soldiers? and veterans? organizations in recognition of his work. Among them: the Commander?s Award for Public Service by the Department of the Army, the Commander?s Award from Disabled American Veterans, the President?s Award for Excellence in the Arts from Vietnam Veterans of America, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a special citation from the Vet Centers.

?I am humbled by the service and the sacrifice of the many friends I have made in the military,? Trudeau writes. ?I see my contributions to country as minor compared to theirs, and am deeply grateful for all the help I?ve received in trying to understand and illuminate the various challenges our warriors face in the line of duty.

?Yes, it is possible to hate the war and love the warrior at the same time. My opposition to the war in Iraq is well-known, but so was my support for the first Gulf War and the war in Afghanistan.?

Check it out, here.

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