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Anti-war sentiment runs rampant among Iraq and Afghan war veterans

Veterans join the NATO protests in Chicago (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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.

Retired Army Co. Ann Wright resigned from the State Department in 2003 to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq.   The 29-year-military veteran told The Christian Science Monitor:

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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