Joseph Carter, an intern and spokesperson with Iraq Veterans Against the War, has also been covering OWS. He says that he has mostly been posting information and photos to IVAW’s Facebook and Twitter feed, so that their followers can stay updated. After the uniformed march in Manhattan last week, he and several vets spent that evening in a friend’s kitchen, uploading information from the march, and later uploading pictures and video from their fellow vets in Oakland. “We are trying to do this in as real-time as we can,” says Carter.

He says he’s seen veterans get charged up about OWS because these issues really hit home for the soldiers returning from duty, “These economic issues effect veterans disproportionately,” he says. “We shoulder a lot of these poor policy decisions.”

Carter says many veterans he knows were on the fence when these movements initially swept the country. But when news of Olsen started spreading, things changed. “They saw the love that Scott Olsen was getting, and they started to seeing themselves and their problems reflected in this movement, “says Carter. “I’m seeing vets who have never been involved in political stuff before who are starting to feel connected to this.”

 

Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.