“At one time I thought the government, the military and police knew what they are doing and that they existed to protect us all. That’s why I joined the military; to provide a selfless service to my country."

"That myth has been shattered. After two wars, PTSD and moral injury, I’ve come to realize I’ve been on the wrong side of history.”

Griffin’s words show us that the United States, even former military members, are fundamentally divided over the issue of Standing Rock and the DAPL.

"I traveled to North Dakota to stand with the people of Standing Rock. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has called people across this nation and around the world to prayer, action and support for efforts to stop DAPL or, as the people of Standing Rock call it, the Black Snake. They, along with over 300 other Native American tribes, realize that the pipeline will eventually leak and spill oil into their fresh water supply."

"A spill into the Missouri River would affect 17 million Americans downstream that depend on the river for their drinking water. The people of Standing Rock are not just fighting to save themselves, they are fighting for tens of millions of others." said Will Griffin, a United States Army Paratrooper who served in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

"I traveled to Standing Rock with a small group of members from Veterans For Peace (VFP). VFP has had a continued presence at Standing Rock for months now, rotating members in and out. Two VFP members, Tarak Kauff and Matthew Hoh, were arrested on Oct. 10, Indigenous People’s Day, while peacefully protecting (not protesting) the water. We were also joined by VFP members Ellen Davidson, Sam Adams, Richard Gilchrist, Martin Bates, Michael Sullivan, Ann Wright, and drone whistleblower Cian Westmoreland."

We also know now that not only is water life, as the Standing Rock Sioux continue to cry out, but water is also peace. None of us can have any peace without the basic necessities of life such as clean air and water, arable land, clothing, shelter and justice. said veteran

Responses to "US Army Paratrooper urges militarized forces not to be on the wrong side at Standing Rock"

  1. Unknown says:

    God bless you sir. Thank you for your service and thank you for standing with us at Standing Rock.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your service and understanding. Thank you for standing with our warriors and Elders and our future generations at Standing Rock. God Bless you.

  3. Unknown says:

    Thank for posting my article. I'm feeling the loveeeee

  4. Anonymous says:

    Protesters stole my bike! How do I get it back?

  5. Ihank you May God Bless you for the good you are doing.

  6. Ihank you May God Bless you for the good you are doing.

  7. Unknown says:

    God bless, and stand strong!

  8. Robyn says:

    Thank you for pointing out something that I often think is missing in the authority figures/military, etc., that following orders and CHOOSING to follow orders are two different things, and using our minds to understand a situation and then choosing right and wrong should always be part of the decision making processes, not just blindly following orders. Blindly following orders for the wrong reasons don't make a right. Thank you for pointing that very important aspect out here. And thank you for the VFP for having a presence there and adding their witness and their voice to the situation.

  9. sJBGyHgt says:

    Thank you .. best blessings.. may all who need to see and hear this do..

  10. Anonymous says:

    Joining the military means protecting all citizens, not just the big machine politicians and big money corporations. Native people want to protect that which enriches the health and well being of all people. Thank you for realizing the difference between blind faith and living with a clear vision of good.

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  13. Standing Proud for Standing Rock! Giddy-yup!

  14. Will Griffin - you have a brain - and you used it for common sense! Thank you for supporting the protectors - you are a good man!

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