Thousands of veterans from all across the nation have deployed themselves to Standing Rock to stand with the Native Americans and Water Protectors defending their land and our water. These are veterans from all walks of life including congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard that took an oath to defend this country from all enemies foreign and domestic. The brutal tactics by militarized police against peaceful protesters on their own land in Standing Rock has made these veterans feel the need to intervene. They have reactivated themselves for duty to defend American citizens and the constitution.
They have pledged to remain non-violent but are willing to put their bodies on the line to protect the protestors. Non-violence has been the Native Americans strategy all along and it now seems to have paid off by attracting this much needed support. Over three quarters of a million dollars has already been raised in roughly 4000 donations averaging $42 each. The money will be used to cover transportation costs as well as supplies to last the brutal winter. Over 500 veterans have already pledged to stay until the standoff ends.
When asked by Jimmy Dore what he would do if police were to shoot him with rubber bullets event organizer Michael A Ward Jr answered, “I’ll keep walking forward”. He said that he and many other veterans have that same commitment and that he is willing to die to protect the protestors and stop this pipeline. He said that the vets are excited because this is an opportunity to do the type of thing that they actually signed up to do. He even said that after this standoff ends they may keep going and move on to other issues where they’re needed.