Skip to comments.Iraq, Afghan War Vets Toss Away Their Medals.
Posted on 05/21/2012 1:50:28 PM PDT by izzatzo
Dozens of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans who say NATO's military policies are a failure took their combat medals and threw them away in a symbolic event following a rally and march.
The vets literally tossed their medals when the march stopped near McCormick Place where dignitaries, world leaders and NATO brass were discussing world events.
Veterans took the microphone one-by-one at a rally after a more than 2-mile march to the summit site from a downtown Chicago park.
One veteran was 30-year-old Erica Slone of Cambridge, Ohio. Slone says her service taught her integrity and if she wants to live with integrity she has to get rid of her ribbon.
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The lie is the progressives' primary tool of persuasion, as they can be sure the leftist media will be there to lap their lies up without question.
Like minds think alike. Fake medals and fake vets.
NATO??? Since when does NATO declare wars? If they want to protest go to Congress or the White House. When are we ever going to learn that “The Military Does Not Start The Wars”?
Was John “Did you effin know I was in effin Viet Nam” Kerry there?
“On second thought, if 0bama were my CIC, I might throw mine away, too.”
Are we sure that these vets are liberal? I guess the marching and tossing medals doesn’t seem like the typical conservative response, but it sounds as if they are against the failure of the way the wars were run using the more politically correct rules of engagement adopted by the international forces.
Fake medals and fake vets
They’re demonstrating with the Occupy freaks. There’s no way any principled vet would make such a statement in front of those clowns.
Anybody know how many supposedly threw medals??
Looked like two people on local TV.
If it were more I think the numbers would of been reported.
NBC=Non Believable Crap, and in Chicago no less, and I’m supposed to believe this!?
Your response does sound very plausible considering the path the encounter in Afghanistan has taken since BO took over. Of course it certainly would help if we were to have the same media coverage that existed when GW was president. Russia had the good sense to get out of that area - I have always wondered why then we chose to go in. If we are going to commit our troops to a conflict, we need to go in, shut it down in very short order and get out and command of our troops should never be under NATO or any other like group.
Good point on who the audience is.
And just to be clear: "veteran" is not synonymous with "patriot." That fag Ron Kovic is a veteran. He's an embarrassment to the men and women who served loyally, but he's a veteran nonetheless. So is Jon Kerrey, Bob Kerry, and yes, even Al Gore. A loser who happens to be a veteran is still a loser ...
Skeeter makes a good point in post #9 though.
“...if we were to have the same media coverage that existed when GW was president.”
I was just telling my kids how with Bush Sr.(?) the papers had the daily body count and the average price per gallon of gas on the front page.
They don't look like any kind of veterans to me. I've never seen veterans dress that sloppy!
Iraq War veteran and curator Erica Slone notes that women currently comprise 14.5% of active duty military and there are 1.8 million women veterans; yet there has been little research to date on how contemporary military culture and war affects women. Mae West, the late American actress and sex symbol, once said, “I’d rather be looked over than overlooked.” With Overlooked / Looked Over, curator Erica Slone responds to this false dichotomy of attitudes about women and the way these polar attitudes toward women are exacerbated within our armed forces. The show will be open to the public from Wednesday, February 29, 2012 through Memorial Day 2012.
Erica Slone, an OSU student veteran and curator of an exhibition of art by women
Slone graduated from an Ohio high school, got a car and an apartment and worked at a GM factory making car parts. One day, she realized she made the same amount of money as workers whod been there 18 years. In 2002, she decided shed have a better chance at escaping rural Ohio and finding a better living by joining the Air Force.
It was no big I wanna serve my country thing, I was a victim of the economic draft, she said.
Her first station was in Ohio, ironically, but then she was deployed to locations in Qatar and Iraq. She spent part of 2006 in Mosul, Iraq. We were constantly getting mortared and RPGed, she said.
She was good at what she did, and was promoted to E5 Staff Sergeant, but started feeling misgivings about the value of war and her place in life. Serving under Dont Ask Dont Tell as a gay woman became grating.
Slone was discharged in 2008, and decided to immediately enter Ohio State University to study art. She was scared because of the lousy economy, but also because she wasnt sure if art was a selfish choice.
Transitioning from a staff sergeant to an art student wasnt easy, starting from the first day of every class, when students introduce themselves. The moment shed introduced herself as a veteran, she was met by blank faces.
Slone doesnt think of her work as a deliberate comment on war or the military, but finds that writing and sculpting has become her way of remembering her experiences. She recalls very little of her military experiences until she starts making art and forming a narrative.
Yeah, I didn’t see any of the reporters ask to see a copy of the ‘vets” DD-214s, or ask any basic questions about their service. “What was your MOS?” What unit did you serve in,” or “name an operation your unit took part in.”
I’m guessing there were a lot of Jessie McBeath’s in that crowd of medal-tossers.