Jesse Ventura, a Navy special forces veteran, claims he would stay out of military life if given the choice today.
The former professional wrestler and Minnesota governor was outspoken about the way military veterans are treated in a video he posted on Voices of Liberty on Veterans Day.
Ventura is disgusted by the change of heart veterans often experience after returning home from war.
“They give them all the ra ra at the stadiums, and they cheer ’em on. But when the veterans come home, we pretty much forget about them. They’re old news. They’re yesterday’s garbage. And it’s time to move on to the next war.”
Ventura recalled the Vietnam War veterans who struggled upon returning home. Veterans were sometimes despised or often forgotten. Jesse does not think these attitudes about veterans only occurred after past wars; he can see the same thing happening all over again with modern wars.
Jesse Ventura warned, “They’re gonna come back to parades, but it’s gonna end about right there.”
Ventura served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Navy, and he insists he has nothing against veterans, according to CNN. In fact, he claims to have respect for the men and women who believe they are serving their country.
“You can hate the war and not hate the vet. The veteran is a pawn. They have to do it. They are not given a choice. Our vets are honorable people… I bear no grudge.”
Looking back on his own military career, Jesse Ventura would not take the road he traveled if given the choice today.
“I hate to say it, but no, I would be a conscientious objector today,” Ventura admitted. “I don’t believe that the military fights for our freedom.”
Instead, Jesse believes large international corporations fund wars to make profits for themselves. It is also the reason why large amounts of the budget is focused on defense and national security. These corporations basically control the United States behind the scenes, he claims.
“That’s why wars are fought — so the profiteers of war can make money,” Jesse insists in the video.
Ventura believes freedom is halted when the United States involves itself in wars and harms the innocent veterans who believe they fought for a purpose or were forced to fight.
Although Jesse Ventura is no longer serving in office, he still remains politically active and hosts a show called Off The Grid.