"No Nato, No War:" Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Discard Service Medals
Release Date: 5/22/2012
A U.S. veteran rips his medals from his uniform. Photo credit: Yahoo!
During the NATO Summit in Chicago, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) organized a rally in which soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan symbolically discarded their service medals. They did so in protest against the Iraq and Afghan occupations, and in solidarity with the many lives those wars have destroyed, from civilians to U.S. soldiers who came home to inadequate health care after suffering the physical and mental horrors of war. Even as the U.S. and Afghanistan reach agreements to remove troop levels, the U.S. will remain a presence in the region, training and advising Afghan National Security Forces, despite numerous problems, including the failure to reopen supply lines to Afghanistan. Marines, Sergeants, nuclear technicians, and others spoke in front of a large crowd, each tossing their medals down the empty road leading to convention center hosting the NATO gathering. Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran police hit in the face with a flash point grenade in Oakland, CA, also appeared. DemocracyNow! has the video:
For four days 2008, IVAW members provided testimony about their experiences with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Those four days of testimony became the Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations. Please check out the videos, and if you’d like a DVD, you can find more information here.