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During the Vietnam war, many who served in that controversial conflict became anti-war activists and some turned in their medals or tossed them over the fence at the White House.
It’s happening again.
Irag and Afghan war vets joined in the protests at last week’s NATO summit in Chicago. At one point, a group of more than three dozen veterans of both conflicts lined up and threw their medals over a fence.
Said former naval officer Leah Bolger:
We’re standing up to the illegal wars of both NATO and America. The atrocities have to stop. We have to to make America and the world aware.
A recent Pew Research Center poll found 33 percent of veterans who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying neither war was worth the cost.
Military personnel know America will always have a military, but there is growing concern over the way it is being used. These concerns include the use of torture, illegal detentions, and both soldiers and the public being lied to about the actual reasons for going into combat.
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