NATO Summit: Veterans Share Views on NATO, Afghanistan
By Laura Fitzgerald and Cheryl Waity
The Red Line Project
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012
As world leaders prepare to make decisions on the fate of the war in Afghanistan at the NATO summit this weekend in Chicago, the Iraq Veterans Against War members are preparing to symbolically return their medals from serving in these wars in a Sunday ceremony outside McCormick Place.
As the dignitaries discuss foreign policy inside, the veterans will occupy the corner of Cermak Road and Michigan Avenue along with other protesters. Their ceremony will take place behind anti-scaling fence that separates them by two blocks from the decision-makers inside McCormick.
The war in Afghanistan has lasted more than 10 years. According to Department of Defense, records the total number of deaths for the war in Afghanistan at 1,965 as of May 16.
According to a New York Times/ CBS News poll, 69 percent of Americans believe their country should not be at war in Afghanistan.
And while they won’t be consulted about policy issues, the veterans’ service overseas has shaped their views of America’s involvement in Afghanistan. Here is what three veterans think (click on name for full story):
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