The People’s Record Memorial Day Dedication
Veteran Scott Olsen: “We’re going forward.”
Former Marine and Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen has dealt with innumerable aftershocks once he came home from overseas. His became an outspoken opponent of the war when he joined Veterans for Peace and became a part of Occupy Oakland in 2011.
Still dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, Olsen was hit by a beanbag projectile during a confrontation with the Oakland Police at an Occupy Oakland action in October 2011. He suffered from a serious skull fracture and could not speak for two weeks.
Last weekend at the NATO Summit demonstrations, Olsen and dozens of other veterans threw their medals of honor in opposition to all wars. He wore a helmet as he marched with other protesters in the streets of Chicago and still struggles with his speech daily.
"I’m going to make every effort I can to show them that we’re doing the right thing, we’re in the right, and no matter what they do to any of us, we’ve got each other’s backs, and we’re going forward."
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