On the 4th of October, Veterans backed by Occupy DC staged a daylong protest in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This was just two days before the 11th anniversary of the start of the war. Here’s what one of the participants had to say about the military’s approach to training soldiers and it’s effect on people:
Before training comes recruiting, and military recruiters are among the few salesman that could sell the Brooklyn Bridge to bystanders. Scams have been especially bad in the National Guard, with recruits being led to believe they would serve four years of part-time duty, only to instead serve 8 years with rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan. What ever happened to one weekend a month?
During the protest at the Department of Veterans Affairs, some of the protesters read out the names of GIs who have committed suicide while deployed or afterwards. The suicide rate of deployed soldiers and veterans has been beyond belief, and not for the first time. During and after the Vietnam War, twice as many GI’s committed suicide as were killed in action, and the current wars are well on course to match this ugly trend.