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Dear Veterans Affairs, We just want to talk: Signed The Vets

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Many of the veterans went to sleep between 10:30 and 11 P.M., preparing for the early and long day ahead of them, while supporters continued on with their conversations well into the morning without regard for the needs of the body, so long as the needs of the soul were being met.

I live Red, White and Blue even in my sleep by Cory V. Clark

I woke up at 5:30 to return a sleeping bag I had borrowed from a protester that had gone to work during the night. After McDonald's for coffee and a bathroom break, I came back with some of the other veterans who had also gone out to get coffee for people when they woke up.

We made it back to begin rallying the troops at 6:30am to clean up the area of operation and prepare for the day ahead.

While people were cleaning, there was discussion of turning this into a permanent occupation, in the end it was decided that we would wait until later and see if the V. A. would send out their promised representative, they were the ones to make the offer after all, why wouldn't they send someone out.

We'll follow you don't worry, you can't escape our outrage! by Cory V. Clark

At 7:30, a small contingent of seven protesters, most of them veterans moved around to the I Street entrance of the building where employees and civilians who have been granted entrance had been directed to go, in order to avoid having to face the consequences of their inaction and apathy.

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Pat made the morning fun by heckling V.A. employees shouting "we have facial recognition technologies, too."

Heckling failure! by Cory V. Clark

"We're out here until some one comes out here and talk to these Veterans about the Veteran Suicide Crisis, ending these wars, benefits that matter, and real treatment for PTSD," said Lacy MacAuley, 33.

One V.A. employee responded to her friend, "oh, they're just out here protesting to be protesting," showing how little regard and interest the V.A. employees have for the veterans they are supposed to serve.

f*ck your drugs I want my life, you know the one you took at a profit, the one you continue to take. by Cory V. clark

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However, to be fair, another V.A. employee offered the protesters outside the door an untouched box of doughnuts from Krispy Cream.

At 9am, a group meeting was held at the Vermont entrance of the building where they reopened discussion on the issue of permanent occupation.

Finding consensus for ourselves and those who stand in solidarity with us by Cory V. Clark

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Cory Clark is an Independent Photojournalist and writer, focused on Civil and Human Rights issues, National and international politics, and Social Justice Movements. He is currently working to document the lives of the homeless from their (more...)

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