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‘The country needs you’: Enlisting veterans to fight extremism

Posted on AllSides February 11th, 2021
From The Center
Violence in America, veterans, domestic extremism

Veterans are revered in American culture, making them prized recruits for far-right and supremacist groups. Following the Capitol siege, some former service members hope to use their stature to counter violent nationalism.

Kristofer Goldsmith’s discharge from the Army following a suicide attempt in 2007 sent him spiraling into anger and alienation. The Iraq War veteran, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, reentered civilian life bereft of purpose. He found refuge online, where political antagonism and anti-government conspiracy theories gave shape to an alternate reality.

“I became a pretty hardcore libertarian and...

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