This video from the USA is: ‘Iraq Veterans Against the War members Adam Kokesh, Liam Madden, and Cloy Richards on Good Morning America June 3rd, 2007.’
From Associated Press:
Iraq Veteran Plans to Return His Medals in Protest
By Ryan J. Foley
Tuesday 25 September 2007
Madison, Wisconsin – An Iraq War veteran said Tuesday he is returning his military medals in what anti-war groups are calling a rare and powerful protest.
Josh Gaines, 27, plans to mail the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He said he will do so during a protest scheduled for Wednesday in Madison.
“I’m going to give those back because I truly feel that I did not defend my nation and I did not help with the Global War on Terrorism,” said Gaines, who lives in Madison. “If anything, this conflict has bred more terrorism in the Middle East.”
Gaines served a yearlong tour in Iraq between 2004 and 2005 with the U.S. Army Reserve. He spent his time guarding two military bases and issuing ammunition to soldiers but never fired a weapon, he said.
The experience convinced him the war was a mistake and that a steady withdrawal of troops was the right course of action, Gaines said.
“To be quite honest, I felt like we wasted taxpayers’ money,” he said. “The mission just didn’t seem correct and right for that time.”
Jonathan Dedering, a Students for a Democratic Society activist who is helping organize Wednesday’s protest, said it’s extremely rare for Iraq veterans to return their medals. The tactic was a more common form of protest among Vietnam veterans.
“To many Americans this will be a very big deal,” Dedering said in an e-mail message.
A member of Iraq Veterans Against the War agreed.
Brain injuries of US troops in Iraq, see here.
Anti Iraq war march in London, England on 8 October: here.
Art of War: Museum of Works By US Vietnam Vets In Financial Straits: here.