U.S. Veterans Plan Virtual Protest Via Facebook

A virtual march on our state capital, via Facebook, is set to begin on Wednesday, organized by veterans who are up in arms about possible compensation and benefits cuts.

A virtual march on our state capital, via Facebook, is set to begin on Wednesday, organized by veterans who are up-in-arms about possible compensation and benefits cuts.

President Barack Obama sent out a warning last month that targeted veterans and senior citizens stating that they may suffer budget cuts first if the debt ceiling is not raised by the August 2 deadline.

“The uncertainty over what actions our government might take is causing unnecessary and harmful anxiety in the American public at large and veterans and their families specifically,” said Barry A. Jesinoski, executive director of the Washington headquarters of Disabled American Veterans, the sponsor of the protest, protest told the Boston Globe.

As of this writing, 13,299 Facebook users have signed on to support the virtual march in protest of the projected cuts. Veterans and supporters are being encouraged to contact their state representative, senator or the President to sound off about how the cuts would personally impact them.

Protest organizers are also instructing the social networking users to locate the Facebook accounts of these elected Washington figureheads and voice their opinions about the budget cuts on their walls.

The most compelling advice that is being offered to vets is that they should make “a brief but heartfelt video explaining what your veteran’s benefits mean to you and your family.”

Readers, how effective do you think Facebook-based protests are in convincing government to make changes?