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Old 25th May 2000, 13:56
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May 24, 2000-
Puerto Rican war veterans have decided to return to President Clinton the
medals and condecorations they once received for defending the United
States, in protest for Clinton's decision to authorize bombing to resume
in Vieques and in support of the demands that the U.S. Navy permanently
stop bombing Vieques.

Among the condecorations that will be returned are several Purple Heart
medals bestowed upon soldiers who were wounded in battle. The veterans
who will send their medals back to the President fought in World Wars I
and II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, the Persian Gulf, Somalia and Kosovo.

Luis Méndez, spokesperson of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the organization
Veterans for Peace, announced today during a press conference in San Juan,
that a ceremony will be held on Memorial Day where Puerto Rican veterans
will have the opportunity to voluntarily turn in their National Defense
Service medals in support of the struggle of the people of Vieques and in
response to the federal government assault on the civil disobedience camps
at the Navy bombing range in Vieques. The ceremony will be held on
Monday, May 29, 2000 (Memorial Day) at 10:00AM at the Veteran's Monument
in front of the Capitol Building in San Juan.

Veterans for Peace is a national organization structured around a national
office in Washington, DC and comprised of members across the U.S. and
Puerto Rico organized in chapters or as at-large members. Veterans for
Peace is an official Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) represented at
the United Nations.

Méndez urged all Puerto Rican veterans to join in this ceremony which
"symbolizes our position that the safety and health of the people of
Vieques are not negotiable, and that the concept of national security is
now being used to mean the defense of the economic interests of the
military and industrial complex of the U.S."

Veteran Rubén Lind added that "at this time there is no enemy that's
threatening the security of the United States. As veterans, we know
first-hand the pain and destruction of war. We don't want any more war
games in Vieques. Viequenses have a right to life and to health."

For the text of the statement of Veterans for Peace's Vieques Libre
Campaign, please access: www.veteransforpeace.org/vieques.htm
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Old 25th May 2000, 14:20
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They want to return their medals, it's their choice.
Many thousands more PR Veterans will not return theirs.

Then there are some Commie Veterans like Mr. Ed, I wonder if he is going to return his ...

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Old 25th May 2000, 21:24
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En Puerto Rico existen colonialistas veteranos y otros que son independentistas o melones. Así que no me extraña que regresen sus medallas. ¿Porqué no entregan su cheques de veteranos?
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Old 25th May 2000, 22:10
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Turning medals in over the Vieques issue?

What the hell is going on with those ignorants? That in itself is an act that only a coward would do. Once a Medal is awarded (and I can take any challenges here) you cannot give it back! It may be a symbolic thing but the most stupid thing I've ever heard in my life. What a bunch of morons! Perhaps they don't even realized how stupid and ignorant that is going to look in the eyes of the rest of the world. Don't expect any simpathy from my part or the rest of the nation. As a matter of fact, I'm going to sit back and laugh about what they are doing, they are so naive! Son unos hipocritas y malagradecidos. I guess if those medals are meaningless to them, then so is the lives of all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines you gave their lives in the name of freedom. Who knows if many of them got their Purple Hearts with the sacrifice of their peers in the battlefield. Stupid, morons, you all are worst than scum! I would never, ever, blemish my integrity and honor over an issue like Vieques. I will never turn in any medal over anything like that. Ahhhh....you people make me SICK!

Eddie r, let me tell you this, I may disagree with you on many issues, and I hope that if you are legit, after what you said you've been through the last thing I want to hear from you that you agree with that crap!

That is the lowest thing a human being can do!
The only other reason I see for any veteran to turn in a medal is if he/she in their heart feel they didn't rate that medal, so apparently they didn't have the guts to tell the truth and are using Vieques as a reason to do so, maybe those veterans didn't rate those medals and it shows with their actions, a cheap one at that.
I tell you so many ignorance on the island and abroad for those of you who agree with that garbage in the mainland U.S.
I'm not even going to comment again here on this issue, this is sickening!
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Old 26th May 2000, 01:05
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Boricua-In-US,

Remember brother to keep your cool, they might be turning in there medals but remember this, medals are a show of valor and integrity not of monutary status. They will not loose any money over this. ACarleone I do not find myself too many times to agree with you but brother on this one you hit it good.
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Old 26th May 2000, 06:37
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One thing that you and everyone is forgeting is that this is a free country. We might not like what they are doing but they have the right to do so. Now, if we are in Cuba then is another thing. So lets see this as a act of free choice and peace for the love of our true country, Puerto Rico.
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Old 26th May 2000, 06:52
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Pete, most of your "independentista" friends want to turn Puerto Rico into another Cuba. Go and research where they have been the last 20 years, and go find out their true political views. You'll be surprised !

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