Vets Set to Launch Second D.C. Protest

Vets Set to Launch Second D.C. Protest

Vets, “End the shutdown now”

Julie Wilson Oct. 14, 2013

Another group of military veterans is scheduled to arrive in D.C. tomorrow morning to carry out a second protest, demanding lawmakers immediately end the government shutdown.

The protest is being organized by the Military Coalition (TMC), a group of 33 organizations that represents 5.5 million people. Members are comprised of the uniformed services—active, reserve, retired veterans, survivors and their families.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2013 from 9:45am-11:00am and will begin at the National WWII memorial. Some of the participating organizations include: the Air Force Association, CWOA, US Coast Guard, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Wounded Warrior Project. Click here for a full list.

The Washington Times reports that TMC wants to let the government know that they need to stop putting servicemen in the “middle of their political games.”

TMC’s protest arrives on the heels of the “Million Vet March” that occurred over the weekend attracting thousands of veterans who marched on the National Mall and then on to the White House to peacefully demonstrate their anger over the government shutdown.

Veterans voiced their displeasure for the closing of the memorials as they removed the barricades and carried them to the White House where they stacked them neatly out front.

History: Vets tear down barricades as feds back down

History: Vets tear down barricades as feds back down

Army of vets now marching on White House October 13, 2013

The corporate media is avoiding the significance of the latest developments in the “Million Vet March” in Washington, DC.

Vets have torn down “barrycades,” riot police have been dispatched, and snipers deployed, according to reports, as the number of protesters swell outside the White House.

Sarah Palin and Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, arrived to speak with the demonstrators. Police also responded.

“US Park Police have arrived in front of WH. Some in riot gear! Tea party/veteran protesters start booing,” wrote CNN’s Jim Acosta on Twitter.

The latest developments follow the closure of the World War II Monument following the supposed government shut down.

“Veterans this week were unwillingly pitted as pawns in this crisis.  We feel that this should never be the case,” the Million Vet March On Memorials website states. “This is why we will go to Congress after the budget crisis and ask for a bill to be introduced that would prevent any member of the government from closing our memorials down to any American, except for maintenance purposes.  In the meantime, we will have our March in Washington DC on October 13th!  Our veterans deserve that!”

Police and Vets Clash At White House #1MVetMarch

Police and US War Veterans have clashed outside of the White House on October 13, 2013, during the Million Veteran march on Memorials.

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Battle of the Barricades: Vets Prepared to “Go to Jail”

Battle of the Barricades: Vets Prepared to “Go to Jail”

Veterans from across the country descend on DC this weekend

Paul Joseph Watson October 11, 2013

Veterans from across the country are prepared to go to jail as they plan to storm barricaded memorials and monuments this weekend in a forceful rebuke to the government shutdown, setting up a potential confrontation with National Park Service employees who have been ordered to “make life as difficult for people” as possible.

One of the defining moments of the backlash against the shutdown was when veterans stormed past barricades at the World War II Memorial in DC last Monday. The federal government subsequently ordered that the barricades be reinforced and wired shut.

Similar scenes are set to be repeated over the next few days as vets from numerous states descend on memorials built in their honor and prepare to remove anything or anyone that gets in their way.

The federal government has indicated that some barricades will be opened to allow the veterans access, but other sites will remain closed.

World War 2 Vets to Storm Barricades Surrounding Iwo Jima Monument

World War 2 Vets to Storm Barricades Surrounding Iwo Jima Monument

Confrontation with feds as outrage over shutdown builds

Paul Joseph Watson October 8, 2013

Image: Iwo Jima Monument.

The federal government has barred World War II Marine veterans from visiting the Iwo Jima Monument near the Arlington National Cemetery this Saturday, prompting North Country Honor Flight executive director Daniel Kaifetz to ask protesters planning to attend a ‘Million Vets’ march in DC on the same weekend to help remove the barricades.

Honor Flight, which pays for veterans to visit war memorials, is the organization that made headlines last week after helping vets break through barricades to visit the World War II Memorial in DC. The barricades were subsequently reinforced and wired shut.

On Saturday, Honor Flight veterans plan to break through barricades that have been placed around the Iwo Jima Monument, setting up a potential confrontation with National Park Service employees.

In a message to organizers behind the ‘Million Vet March on the Memorials’, a separate demonstration set to take place on Sunday morning at the World War II Memorial in DC, North Country Honor Flight executive director Daniel Kaifetz asks for assistance from the protesters in allowing vets to gain access to the Iwo Jima Monument.

“Five Honor Flights will be at the Memorial on Saturday Oct. 12, including my chapter the North Country Honor Flight. We would appreciate it if in someway you could channel some of your followers to realize the WW-II Memorial is now open for Honor Flight’s WW-II veterans under a “First Amendment” permit we have been granted,” writes Kaifetz.

“However we are still being DENIED access to the Iwo Jima Monument [Marine Corps Memorial] which is a standard stop for all Honor Flights. Do you see any way to get the word out on this and have a significant number of vets there on SATURDAY to assist us in getting access for dozens of WW-II Marine heroes who otherwise will never get the opportunity to see their monument?”