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Jesse Ventura Says Military Doesn't Fight for Freedom

Nov. 13, 2014

Former pro wrestler and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, who is also a Navy veteran, said if he had it to do over again, he’d avoid serving in the U.S. military. “I hate to say it, but no, I would be a conscientious objector today,” Ventura said Tuesday – that would be Veterans Day. “I don’t believe that the military fights for our freedom.” He continued, “They give them all the ra ra at the stadiums, and they cheer ‘em on. But when the veterans come home, we pretty much forget about them. They’re old news. They’re yesterday’s garbage. And it’s time to move on to the next war.” He insists he’s not anti-veteran, however: “You can hate the war and not hate the vet. The veteran is a pawn. They have to do it. They are not given a choice. Our vets are honorable people… I bear no grudge.” Speaking of grudges, Ventura won $1.8 million in a defamation suit against fellow Navy veteran Chris Kyle. His case was actually a good one, but he’s certainly not winning any friends with his provocative statements.

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