Entries in Veterans (2)


Iraq Vets Returning Medals at NATO Summit in Chicago

Khalid Mohammed-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A protest of Iraq war veterans at the NATO summit being held in Chicago this weekend is intended to send a strong message to Washington and the European alliance.

Some members of the Iraq Veterans Against the War plan to return their medals to NATO generals on Sunday, claiming they were given their honors for bravery or suffering for "a war based on lies and failed policies."

The group said on its blog the Global War on Terror "has killed hundreds of thousands, stripped the humanity of all involved, and drained our communities of trillions of dollars, diverting funds from schools, clinics, libraries, and other public goods."

Following the rally, the vets are expected to march to the convention center to give back their medals.  If they are unable to meet with the NATO generals, they said they would throw their medals at the building.

About 30 to 50 veterans are expected to participate in the protest.

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Prince Harry, Afghan War Vets Begin Trek to North Pole

JSN Photography/WireImage(LONDON) -- Britain's Prince Harry is in Arctic Norway Tuesday, showing some wounded Afghanistan war veterans support as they begin a 200-mile charity march to the North Pole.

The team has been training for the trek, which will benefit the foundation Walking with the Wounded, for 18 months.

When asked if he was up to the challenge, Prince Harry said, "I'm not as ready as these guys are but I'm just here to give them as much support as possible."

The guys he's referring to include Capt. Guy Disney, who shattered his leg when he was ambushed by insurgents and now wears a metal prosthesis, and Pvt. Jaco van Gass who lost his left arm after it was crushed by a rocket-propelled grenade.

"They're a huge example to us all -- these guys and all the other wounded servicemen-and-women around the country -- and what a wonderful inspiration they are," said Prince Harry, who's now a certified pilot of the powerful attack helicopter the apache.

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