Iraq Veterans Announce Support For Occupy Wall Street

Current and veteran military personnel have been on the streets, participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement and protecting the 99% since the beginning.

On November 2nd, members of the New York City Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War and other veterans marched to Zuccotti Park announcing their support for the 99%, and calling on other veterans and service members to join the Occupy Wall Street movement.

We are veterans of the 99%. We have been directly affected by the economic and social issues raised by Occupy Wall Street.  We are part of this movement, and we believe it is time for us to make our participation as veterans more deliberate and more visible.  As veterans who have served our country in the military, we now have a unique opportunity to continue serving here at home through our participation in this civic movement. As veterans, our presence in this movement is itself an intervention in the evolving narrative about Occupy Wall Street.”

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William C
William C11 months ago


W. C
W. C11 months ago

Thank you.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago

I am a vet and I support the movement too Charles.

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR6 years ago

I'm NOT pretending to speak for ALL those who serve or have served Elizabeth which you would have noticed if it had registered on you beyond the fact I disagree with you.

But then Elizabeth you are assuming a handful of vets at OWS represent many so why is it a crime for someone who has far more recent service (and family members/friends currently serving) to actually venture and opinion contrary to that? Especially when that opinion is based on personnel experience compared to none like the majority here?

But it is amusing to see you base YOUR opinion on a majority draftee military time period to mine in a volunteer period. If you thought that through before your knee jerk reaction to a contrary opinion, you'd understand a major difference.

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K6 years ago

Charles T.

My husband served 2 tours in Viet Nam, and supports the OWS.

Don't pretend to know the thoughts of everyone who is or was in the military.

In case you didn't notice, the military is a very big group of people.

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR6 years ago

Seeing a site/group like Care2 act like veterans/military personnel are suddenly worthy of either admiration or emulation is almost hysterically funny. Considering that these handful of vets taking part in or openly supporting OWS for instance represent such a statistically tiny fraction of the millions of vets makes one wonder how desperate the Left/statist movement is to claim support.

Anyway, unlike most on on this site, I'm a veteran. Army and have done everything from rifleman to recruiter, drill, and platoon sergeant and have found that views of this guy (and most present on Care2) are very rare. That some are leftists is to be expected but remember the Armed Forces are self selected; they tend to be patriotic beyond the national norm, more religious and better grounded in historical/political history. Those are not Leftist characteristics.

The OWS movement, if it can be called that has revealed major differences between the Tea party and itself however that many Dems may wish to note. Tea party rallies have been quiet affairs with all legal requirements met, no one was out there asking for freebies to support the movement, no messes were being made at the rallies, no confrontations with the police, no thefts/rapes/attacks among the rally supporters and finally no support from the Nazis, Socialists, or Communist parties.

Despite the Care2 types hopes, don't count on the police/military to back up people demanding others take up THEIR financial problems. T

Michael C.
Michael C6 years ago

Perhaps we need to take a page from our Arab brothers and sisters that for so long, held Tahrir Square in Cairo. With each passing day, they continued apply pressure to win the support of the Military and much of the police, to prove to them that they too were among the 99%. They won their struggle. Why can't we?

What comes next is likely to be quite unpleasant, few revolutions succeed without violence. The manner in which we continue the struggle is not by our choice, but the opposition knows only violence, they live and thrive on violence and the madness lies in the fact that they are the one 1%.

But wait, things are quite different here in the US, we have too much to lose. Our steel belted radials, on our beloved SUV's. our senseless shopping excursions to the Mall.

It appears the greatest control over the 99% is not just their rights, their freedoms but we have alloweed ourselves to become steeped in DEBT. After all, Debt is the opiate of the Masses and given the fact that America is the world's worst drug user, we are living proof of the fact.

This exactly is what the 1% has designed for your miserable little lives, your pay check to pay check existence, your lives are designed to support their needs, to heap upon them the riches of this planet, so they may squander the Earth as they wish.

They are the 1%...yet, you have the are the 99%, you have a voice, silenced by time, but just for a moment, try to use it.

Your voice shall set you free

Mary B.
Mary B6 years ago

Love these guys, and what a profound way for them to begin regaining their sense of humanity after being in a war zone that required unspeakable acts of them.

Joe L.
Joe Lade6 years ago

Can't add anything that hasn't already been said. Just my support. Would love to defend the person that defended me.

Denise L.
Denise L6 years ago

it will be interesting with November 11 approaching, how can politicians on one hand go on about honouring veterans yet refuse to listen to their concerns and ignore their needs once they come home?

I thank veterans for their service both overseas and at home