Vets March on White House 7/4/74
March on White House by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) demanding:

*UNIVERSAL UNCONDITIONAL AMNESTY
*DECENT BENEFITS FOR ALL VETS
*IMPLEMENT THE AGREEMENTS--
END ALL AID TO THIEU AND LON NOL
*SINGLE TYPE DISCHARGE FOR ALL VETS
*KICK NIXON OUT

The march began at the VVAW encampment on the Mall and ended at the Ellipse on the south side of the White House.

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, DC.

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 tendency 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 VVAW. Soon after, a bitter fight developed between the two factions that led to two separate organizations: the RCP backed VVAW Anti-Imperialist and the VVAW. Both still exist today, although they are greatly diminished both in numbers and influence from the 1970-74 group.

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