Thousands of US military veterans heed Occupy rallying cry, denounce Halliburton

From the stock exchange, the veterans walked down Broadway to the bronze bull that symbolizes the stock market.

“Halliburton and Bechtel think these wars are swell,” they chanted, invoking the names of American companies that received federal contracts for work rebuilding Iraq.

They say those who risked their lives fighting for their country have the right to protest economic policies and business practices that give them a slimmer chance of finding jobs than most Americans.

From 2008 to 2011, veterans’ unemployment rose 5.1 percentage points, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.