Vets group: Don’t punish soldier at protest – Military Affairs –

It’s not just ironic that the very people that fight to protect our rights (including the right to free speech) are being investigated for demonstrating that very freedom – it’s more than ironic, it’s reprehensible.  It should also be illegal! 

I do not believe that active duty military members should be in uniform at any type of protest, be it against the war, anti-abortion, whatever – and that wasn’t the case here.  These people had completed their active duty obligations.  They were, in fact, NOT in uniform (fatigues without insignia are not a uniform – you see people in “military clothing” all the time – I don’t think anyone mistakes someone wearing a surplus fatigue jacket as a member of the US Military!)

As an ex Navy Medic who was assigned to the Marines, I know Marines – I know they are very demanding and have extremely high expectations of themselves, and their fellow Marines.

I hope they come to their senses, and demand that these American Heroes be left the hell alone.  And be allowed to exercise the very freedoms they fought to protect.

We all know that people give up some individual rights when they join the military,” Kurpius said. “But these Marines went to war, did their duty and were honorably discharged from the active roles. I may disagree with their message, but I will always defend their right to say it.

Vets group: Don’t punish soldier at protest – Military Affairs –


  1. Turns out that they are going to give the man a General Discharge (under honorable circumstances). This means that he will forfeit any deposits he paid for tuition reimbursement, and won’t be eligible for GI Bill benefits. What a way to say thanks for exercising your rights as a citizen.