Liberal Op-Ed: Expand Definition of 'Veteran' to Include Social Justice Warriors
Marine veteran Joey Jones reacts.
A liberal writer is suggesting in an opinion piece that the category of being a veteran should now include social justice warriors.
Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld wrote in LGBTQ Nation that a "true" veteran speaks out, stands up and advocates for social justice and freedom.
"Take a few moments to consider those fighting a cultural and figurative civil war to reduce the violence and injustice," he wrote.
Joey Jones, a retired Marine Corps bomb technician, said Monday on Fox & Friends that Blumenfeld's argument is "pretty laughable."
Jones lost both of his legs in a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan.
"This term 'veteran' is something that's small, but it's a big sentiment and it's something we choose to do as a country," he said.
Blumenfeld asked in his piece why the country has limited the meaning of being a veteran to those who have served in the armed forces.
"What about the practitioners of non-violent resistance in the face of tyranny and oppression?" he said.
Jones added that being a veteran is held in reverence in the military community, and that it's not given lightly.
"To say this term applies to everyone who might get upset and hold up a sign somewhere, that doesn't make any sense at all."