Vets Hit Military Court 7/2/74
Demonstration by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) demanding "universal, unconditional amenesty" for veterans who served during the Vietnam era in front of the Court of Military Appeals in Washington DC (450 E Street NW) on the morning July 2, 1974.

This demonstration was part of four days of demonstrations by VVAW. They used an encampment in Washington DC on the Mall between 3rd and 4th Streets NW as a base to stage marches to various targets in Washington, D.C.

VVAW engaged thousands of Vietnam era veterans in protest against the war at many different events, including a march from Morristown NJ to Valley Forge in 1970, a 1971 "Winter Soldier Investigation" into war crimes, a April 1971 demonstration in Washington, DC where 800 veterans threw back their ribbons and medals to protest the war and a Dec. 1971 takeover of the Statue of Liberty.

By 1974, a debate had developed within the organization over its post-Vietnam focus. A group of veterans and supporters backed by the Revolutionary Union (later Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP)) argued for turning the focus to decent veterans benefits while another group backed by different left-wing groups argued for making anti-U.S. invention primary. This July 1974 protest marked the last large scale demonstration led by the group. Soon after, two bitter factions developed leading to two separate organizations: the RCP backed VVAW Anti-Imperialist and the VVAW. Both still exist today, although they are greatly diminished from the 1970-74 group.

President Carter instituted a program for veterans to apply for "automatic" discharge upgrade and also issued amensty to draft violators in 1977. The same year, Congress passed a law restricting veterans benefits to those who received the upgrades. Carter signed the bill into law.

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