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May 10, 2021

TW/CW: War, violent imagery, PTSD

Diana Oestreich is an activist, veteran, nurse, and relentless practitioner of peace. She is the founder of the Waging Peace Project, a movement activating everyday peacemakers to commit acts of courage for the sake of justice, rooted in relentless love. In her first book, “Waging Peace,” she shares her experience serving in Iraq as a combat medic and her choice to wage peace during wartime and after returning home.

During this episode, Diana shares:

  • What it was like being deployed at age 23 to the “War on Terror,” as part of the Army National Guard
  • What her daily life was like in Iraq as a combat medic
  • The critical moment of conflict between her faith in God and her duty as a soldier that changed her forever -- and compelled her to wage peace in a place of war
  • How her friendship with a local Iraqi woman changed how she thought about the “enemy”
  • The challenges she faced after returning home, and why she was silent for many years about her experiences in Iraq
  • How she learned to wage peace at home in the face of racism, violence and fear -- and how we can all wage peace in our communities to make a more beautiful world possible

You can learn more about Diana on her official website, where you can buy an autographed copy of her book, “Waging Peace,” read her Waging Peace Manifesto and learn more about hosting a book club with Diana.

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