Iraq vet: Getting veterans involved in ‘Occupy’ adds a powerful voice

By Andrew Jones
Saturday, November 12, 2011 12:23 EDT
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Army and Iraq vet Jose Vasquez appears on Countdown. Screenshot via Current TV
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Army veteran and Iraq Veterans Against the War executive director Jose Vasquez appeared on Countdown Friday evening to describe how veterans’ issues are apart of the 99 percent movement.

“Part of the message of the Occupy movement is homelessness and unemployment and that’s no secret that veterans across the country are dealing with that issue,” Vasquez said. “We are ensuring that veteran’s voice are apart of the 99% message, and we see veterans turning out and encamping in different places around the country.”

He added: ““Veterans getting involved in the ‘Occupy’ movement is just a tradition of veterans being involved, standing up for the people. And, you know, I think it’s a way for us to bridge the gap to other folks that might look at ‘Occupy’ movements and not see their issues there. Getting veterans involved really adds a level of credibility, and it’s a powerful voice.”

WATCH: Video from Current TV, which was broadcast on November 11, 2011.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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