In Protest of the VA’s Policy on Medical Marijuana, Veterans Demonstrate in Washington
Now, our veterans and marijuana advocates have taken the fight to the front of the White House as they dumped hundreds of empty pill bottles to represent the ones they’ve been over-prescribed. There is also a bill in Congress, the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, that aims “to provide recommendations about participating in such state programs.”
twenty-two small American flags were planted in the ground at the front of the park, each representing a veteran to illustrate the oft-cited statistic that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Each flag was adorned at its base with empty pill bottles and glow sticks meant to signify syringes.
This protest comes at the same time that the VA has been racked with scandal, so how do they respond? By giving out $142 million in bonuses. To the department, these were merely handed out to attract and retain employees. This sounds sickeningly reminiscent of the defense by Wall Street and Big Banks during the Bailout. When your company, department, organization, anything fails at doing the job, why would you hand out a single bonus!
The Warhawks wave their flags when it’s time to send our fighting men and women overseas to do their bidding, but as soon as they get back, they turn a deaf ear to their pain. Then, to add insult to injury, they shower their cronies at the top with unearned rewards. This is an incredible way to remember those who died for our freedom on Veterans Day.