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.”

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Alysia Santo is a former assistant editor at CJR.