Anti-War Protest at Walter Reed mocks Heroes


A letter from a veteran:

Having spent several months in the fox-hole, I can attest combat is not fun, it is nasty, dirty, scary, and hazardous to one’s health.  There are few in the military that are anxiously waiting for the next opportunity to face death or bodily harm. 

Who do you know that can’t wait to lock and load and “shoot another !#$^&*(” low-life enemy”?

War is not one sided……the other guy is also trying to kill and as we know many of our American soldiers have died and others seriously wounded fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for what the majority of Americans believe… (Read More)

     is the right thing.  Right or wrong aside, our troops do what they are ordered to do, probably believe they’re doing the right thing, and are placing their life and limb in jeopardy for all of us.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center is treating many of our warriors who have suffered serious wounds in combat or while in combat support. This week, protesters demonstrated near the facility’s entrance, “chanting amid mock flag-draped caskets with signs reading “Maimed for Lies” and “Enlist here and die for Halliburton.” They taunted veterans entering and leaving the facility with angry slogans like “George Bush kills American soldiers.” Walter Reed has been a primary treatment facility for American Patriots of all ranks for nearly a century.  It certainly should not be defiled by such contemptible rabble “, nor should our wounded troops be subjected to their presence.

The anti-war group gathered at Walter Reed Hospital, within ear-shot of our wounded warriors, are engaged in the most despicable, ungrateful, disgusting, immoral activity, in the character of Satan himself. It’s one thing to voice one’s opposition to our policy in the Middle East, but yet another to directly rub salt in the wounds of our heroes in Walter Reed.   

These ignorant souls denigrating our troops haven’t a clue that the foundation of their freedom of speech rests on the sacrifices of troops in Walter Reed and all those who have fought and died in past wars.   

At 68, I’m not the stud I was in 1969 but I still have enough fire in my gut to want to go to Washington, D.C. and confront the scum and slime that are mocking our wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 


Harry Riley, COL, USA, Ret


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