PROTESTS

War Vets Join Occupy Wall Street

Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured by police during an Occupy Oakland protest, is not an anomaly but instead one of a number of war veterans participating in the Occupy movements across the country. One former Marine said, “There’s a lot of solidarity with the Occupy movement. A lot of the same issues that the veteran population is contending with is linked with the Occupy protests in terms of economic equality and a disappearing middle class.” Chapters of Iraq Veterans Against the War say they are joining in as representatives of the organization and say they are part of the "99 percent."