We are a group of veterans across the country who support the Occupy Wall Street Movement. We believe that the voices of veterans can help convince Americans to join in the support of the 99%. Veterans have been used as a political capital by politicians for thousands of years. In the military one is stripped of their individuality, but somehow that individuality is amplified rather than diminished. True individuality involves doing the right thing, not by dogma or the expectation of being watched, but by having a close link to what is right. It is time to start using that political capital ourselves by raising awareness to the cause as the individuals we have been inadvertently trained to be.
About the Authors
Matthew Baker is a veteran of the United States Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Ronald Reagan from 2002 to 2006. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Literature from the University of Oklahoma and is studying at the Norman, OK, campus for a Masters of Education. Baker has worked as a reporter and photographer for The Purcell Register in Purcell, OK, and is currently teaching English and Journalism to high school students in Norman, OK.
Jack is an Army combat veteran from the Korean War. He served in Korea in 1953 with the 7th Regiment, 3rd. Infantry Division. He retired from the Hewlett Packard Company in 1991. After retirement, Jack owned and operated a management consultant business. He’s presently Vice President of the Veterans for Peace (VFP) San Diego Chapter. The VFP pledges to use non violent means to achieve peace.
Patrick Gokey, Wisconsin native, is a United States Navy veteran residing in San Diego, California. He possesses a degree in computer network security and is working toward a second degree in web development. Patrick is an author, editor, and web developer for Soldiers for the Cause, a political activist, and an executive board member of San Diego Veterans For Peace, and works full-time as an IT Technician in Coronado, CA.
Matt is a native Texan and an Eagle Scout. He served in the Navy on the USS Ronald Reagan. He enjoys writing poetry and playing various instruments. He goes to school. He considers himself mostly non-partisan, but tends to lean toward the liberal side of the two poles. He likes his eggs over-easy, and his coffee black as night.
Karol Olesiak served on the USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 from 2002-2006. He is a plankowner and a graduate of The New School in New York. In 1986 his family immigrated to the United States from Poland due to Polish Martial Law. The English cruise line Cunard was looking for a representative immigrant family to escort the freedom torch, the Crown Jewel of London, as a gift to the American people.
“The gift left England on June 26, sailing from Southampton, and was presented to The National Maritime Historical Society in New York. It was escorted to the United States by a Polish immigrant family of four. It is estimated that Cunard has carried over two million immigrants to the United States since the company was founded in 1839.”
Karol and his family have been covered by the Christian Science Monitor and have appeared on Good Morning America twice. Karol’s book, co-written by his brother, containing poetry and short literary fiction entitled “Cold War Kids,” is due for release soon.
About Our Logos
The SFTC “Peace Scope” header logo was created by Matthew Huser.
The SFTC Facebook logo:
“Soldiers Painting Peace” by Banksy.
“Soldiers for the Cause” graffiti by Matthew Huser.