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Occupy the Department of Veterans Affairs battles it out with, V.A. and Sandy, vets win

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Sunday afternoon, they put up a series of tarps to shield themselves from the rain and began sending those who they felt could not handle the extreme conditions, of 60 to 78 mile an hour winds, and freezing rain to shelters set up by the city, or to the Peace House located at 1233 12th Street, N.W., in Washington, DC.
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"These are extreme conditions, people could die out here and we are concerned for people safety, we only want vets and those people out here who are fit to endure Sandy, if you look like you going into hypothermia or you don't have the gear necessary to survive in these conditions, we want you some where safe," said Special Ed.
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Among the already thinned out group, they took turns warming up in Special Ed's car or at a Hilton Hotel, two blocks from the V.A., on K Street, while those who were in good physical and emotional shape, took their watch under the tarps, under the awnings, in front of the doors of the V.A.

V.A. security personal stood inside the building just beyond the entrance watching these hardy men and women at various points during the night shaking their heads as they endured the worst of the storm.

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Several times during the storm, people who knew about the protest came by to check on them and bring food and coffee as well as a package of hand warmers.
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"I'm tired of Americans who have "Support our troops' bumper stickers are their cars, but who do nothing to actually show their support, such as demand they get the services they were promised, the first sign I saw when I came out here was the one with the quote by Abraham Lincoln that says to care for those who gave it all, to care for their widows and orphaned children" said Danielle Finger of Philadelphia. 

"This is indicative of our resolve to stay out here under any and all conditions until the heads of the Department come out here and take care of these men and women who have given up everything for their country without complaint, even when their country wasn't being honest with the American people and sent them out to fight wars that violate Jus ad bellum," said Ray Voide, 52 a veteran of the Marine Corp.
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In the morning after the worst of the storm had past the veterans and supporters many of which had returned from their places of safety helped maintenance worker clean up the mess left behind by Sandy.
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DHS Area Commander, Lt. Col. Grollman and a number of other DHS officers came out in the early part of the afternoon to commend the veterans and show support and see if the veterans needed anything.

"As a veteran myself, as many of my men are as well, I understand what they're trying to do here, we all took an oath to protect the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, and that's what we want to do here is protect these men's right to say what they need to," said Grollman who served as a Military Police Officer.
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