From:   Han Shan <>
Sent time:   Tuesday, November 01, 2011 11:02:33 PM
To:   OWS Media <>
Subject:   [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Fwd: Veterans Join the 99% on Wall Street

Sorry to re-post but a suggestion from Matt in PR. See pertinent link below.

Sent from mobile device; pls excuse shortcuts & typos

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From: "J. M. Smucker" <>
Date: November 1, 2011 10:45:33 PM EDT
To: Han Shan <>
Subject: Re: Veterans Join the 99% on Wall Street

Actually, when passing on please include the call to action link too:

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 10:34 PM, J. M. Smucker <> wrote:
November 1, 2011
NYC Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War
For Immediate Release

Contact: Matt Smucker, (717) 209-0445,

Military Veterans Join the 99% on Wall Street,
Advocate for Veterans and Service Members in the midst of economic and democratic crises

‘Veterans of the 99%’ will walk in uniform to Occupy Wall Street,
Call on fellow veterans, service members to join the movement

**Interviews with participating veterans available by request.**

Procession of veterans starts at 11:00am at Vietnam Veterans Plaza, 55 Water Street, New York, NY
Will march to Freedom Square (Zuccotti Park)

Wall Street, NY – Military veterans will walk in uniform to join the Occupy Wall Street protests this Wednesday (Nov. 2nd). As the 99% movement has spread across the United States, the presence of veterans at rallies, marches, and occupations is becoming increasingly visible.  Veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and even World War II have participated in the movement, speaking out for the 99%, and raising the movement’s visibility in the process.  Most recently, the unconscionable treatment of Marine veteran Scott Olsen in Oakland has drawn national attention to veterans’ participation in the Occupy Wall Street movement. 

‘Veterans of the 99%’ hope to draw attention to the ways veterans have been impacted by the economic and social issues raised by Occupy Wall Street.  They hope to help make veterans’ and service members’ participation in this movement more visible and deliberate. 

“As veterans who have served our country in the military, we now have a unique opportunity to continue serving here at home through our participation in this civic movement for change,” said Andrew Johnson, president of the New York City chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “We want to connect with other veterans, to advocate for veterans, and to spotlight veterans’ involvement in this movement."

On Wednesday morning starting at 11:00am, members of the New York City Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War and other veterans will come together at Wall Street with other Veterans of the 99%.  They will march in uniform from Vietnam Veterans Plaza to Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park)—the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement—and hold a press conference to discuss reasons why a growing number of veterans are supporting the 99% movement. They will tell their stories and talk about issues that are important to them as veterans, within the larger economic and democratic crises. These issues include the challenges of veterans re-entering civilian life after war and trauma and during economic recession, and looming cuts to veterans’ health care and VA services.  They will talk about their outrage at the treatment of Marine veteran Scott Olsen last week in Oakland. And they will call on other veterans and service members to join the Veterans of the 99%. 

Veterans who would like to participate should contact

Interviews with participating veterans available by request.

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