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‘We Are the 99 Percent’ Photo and Story of the Day

A soldier’s story that like so many soldiers’ stories exposes the mendaciousness of the American patriotic slogan, “Support the Troops”:

I am 23, left a state college after completing 2 years because I couldn’t afford all the bills. Im 20k in debt in loans. I joined the Army to help settle that debt, but I was told a National Guard contract was all I could get because we are at overstrength. I begged for this deployment right out of basic and luckily got it.

As a private overseas, I make about $3,500/mo tax free because of being in a war zone. I OPT to pay my parents ($600/mo) for rent, who have both come out of retirement from 3M at over 60 years old. I am assisting in the ‘drawn down’ in Iraq, leaving the wire everyday in trucks. You know its bad when small arms fire and IEDs/EFPs are the least of your worries, but paying the bills are.


I may be lucky, but we are the 99%

American government, the military and political leaders support the “right” of soldiers to fight without Americans questioning their service or why they were sent into wars that are likely illegal and immoral. They do not, however, support the “right” of soldiers to live free and enjoy social welfare when they return home.

For more photos and stories of the 99 Percent, here is the “We Are the 99 Percent” Tumblr.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."