From Iraq Veterans Against the War in the USA:
Minnesota member Wes Davey reflections on IVAW rally in Madison
I was in Madison on Saturday when [our] Iraq Veterans Against the War group was invited to speak. The crowd went crazy when we filed into the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capital that evening, all of them cheering our small group on.
As we each took a brief turn speaking, the entire crowd roared its approval and the sound was deafening; you could’ve heard the noise miles away from the rotunda. Except for the RNC protests, I’ve never witnessed this kind of approval of our message before.
Driving home that night, I felt that the crowd response was a validation of all that we had been trying to do since IVAW was formed too many years ago, a repudiation of the past where we had been accused of being unpatriotic, and that people finally got our message. And it felt good.
USA: Many veterans groups are designed to lobby Congress, not to help individual soldiers. And with 530,000 soldiers wounded since 2001, the VA is hard-pressed to help them all. So where should soldiers returning home go? Here.