Iraq Veterans Group Protests America's Army

Andy Chalk

One Flag, One Fleet, One Cat
Nov 12, 2002
Iraq Veterans Group Protests America's Army

A group of Iraq war veterans gathered in St. Louis on Saturday to protest the use of America's Army [] as a recruitment tool.

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IVAW Executive Director Kelly Dougherty, who served as a medic and military police officer in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, said recruiters often target low-income and minority groups. "We want people to know the truth about military service and that it's not always what they say," she said. She added that many people may not realize the impact the Iraq war will have on their service, which could include repeat deployments, extended tours and difficulty accessing benefits. "People who are considering joining the military should know the truth so they can make an informed decision," she added.

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