|War and guns are fun! (In the Playroom/Johnathan Hobin/canadianartjunkie.com)|
|Host Amy Goodman (democracynow.org)|
Democracy Now! returns to Chicago, site of the largest NATO summit in the organization’s six-decade history. There, nearly 50 American veterans discarded their war medals by hurling them onto the street in the direction of the NATO summit. Hear the soldiers in their own voices as they reject killing and war, being lied to by our government, and suffering (from PTSD, Gulf War Syndrome, toxic shock, vaccine side effects, increased suicidality, and other ailments) in silence without help from the Pentagon that sent them to kill for empire.
They go on stage and throw their medals away one by one. "I’m here to return my Global War on Terror Service Medal in solidarity with the people of Iraq and the people of Afghanistan," states Jason Hurd, a former combat medic who spent 10 years in the U.S. Army. "I am deeply sorry for the destruction that we have caused in those countries and around the globe." Scott Kimball, a War on Iraq veteran, adds: "For all the servicemembers and veterans who are against these wars, you are not alone!" Click to see the other parts of the 2013 Memorial Day Special: 2, 3, 4, 5. More
- Mother of Iraq veteran who committed suicide: "Honor the dead, heal the wounded, stop the wars"
- U.S. Army vets join with Afghans for Peace to lead anti-war peace march at Chicago NATO Summit
- "Hero of War" – Rise Against song captures U.S. War on Iraq veteran’s tragic experience
- David Swanson: warisalie.org and warisacrime.org