WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Several anti-war
veterans have been arrested when they protested being excluded from a Veteran
Day event in Boston, Massachusetts, according to a TV report on Monday.
About 15 members and supporters of a group called
Veterans for Peace were arrested on Sunday when they refused to leave the event
sponsored by the American Legion outside the Boston City Hall, the Boston-based
TV WCVB said.
Maggie McCloud, her son Hayden and
daughter Meghan mourn her husband, who was killed in Iraq, at his grave at
Arlington National Cemetery during Veteran's Day ceremonies in Washington
November 11, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
American Legion also reportedly rejected the group's request to have a speaker
at the event.
Boston police confirmed the arrests but did not
specify on exact number. The detainees were later released on bail.
A Vietnam War veteran and group member, Winston
Warfield, told the TV that they are viewed as traitors by a lot of veterans
because "we're opposed to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, we're opposed to the
planned invasion of Iran."
The U.S. federal, state and city offices as well as
public schools are closed on Monday in observance of Veterans Day, an official
national holiday in the United States, but for U.S. veterans, there are more
reasons to worry rather than celebrate.
An honor guard marches to the Tomb of
the Unknown Soldier during Veteran's Day ceremonies at Arlington National
Cemetery in Washington November 11, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters
to a WCVB report released on Monday, many U.S. soldiers who suffer from the
post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were
immediately redeployed to the war-torn countries, against the U.S. military
policy that soldiers with serious psychiatric problems could only be sent back
to the war zone if they were stable for at least three months.
Apart from being tortured by horrible war memories,
many veterans were also struggling to find themselves homes.
According to a report released on Nov. 8 by the
Homelessness Research Institute, more than 25 percent of the homeless population
in the country are military veterans.
About 44,000 to 64,000 veterans are classified as
"chronically homeless" - homeless for long periods or repeatedly, the report
The concerns about homeless veterans was echoed by
another poll by Gallup.
Among 1,005 veteran respondents, 61 percent believe
that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are at least as likely to
become homeless as veterans of previous wars, the poll shows.
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney lays a
wreath during Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington November 11, 2007.
Report: U.S. soldiers suffering from post-war trauma redeployed
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Many U.S. soldiers who
suffer from the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from Iraq
and Afghanistan were redeployed to the war-torn countries, a TV report said on
The U.S. military is violating its own policy by sending
soldiers who have not recovered from the PTSD back to the font lines, the
Boston-based WCVB TV said in its website.