0 Lone Iraq veteran protests outside suspended fraternity accused of drunkenly taunting wounded soldiers, spitting at servicemen and urinating on the U.
A lone Iraq
veteran set up camp outside a shamed fraternity, which is reeling from
allegations that its members drunkenly taunted wounded soldiers, spat on
servicemen urinated on the U.S. flag.Perry
Clawson, a former Army colonel, was pictured Friday sitting outside the
University of Florida's Zeta Beta Tau frat house in Gainesville, waving
a Stars and Stripes of his own.Clawson,
who said the members had 'p*****d off' servicemen across the country
with their actions, pitched up outside the building, proudly displayed
the flag which accompanied him on two tours of duty to Iraq.
He was one
of many veterans to respond to unedifying allegations that Zeta Beta Tau
members had abused soldiers attending the Warrior Beach vacation
retreat in Panama City Beach, the Gainesville Sun reported. The
charity event provides vacations for maimed soldiers, their carers and
families - but ran afoul of braying frat boys holding an event of their
own earlier this month.One veteran, wounded Nicholas Connole, said frat members spat on him and his service dog from their balconies.
He told local TV station WJHG: 'They actually spat on me and my service dog as well, and that's just so disrespectful and it hurts.'
Haley Riley, whose husband is another injured veteran, said students hurled beer bottles at attendees.
Cope, who founded the retreat after her son lost both his legs in an
IED explosion, said that rowdy students even went so far as to urinated
on the American flag.
Tau's University of Florida chapter was suspended in the wake of the
allegations, which university authorities are investigating. They have
charged the organization with 'causing physical or other harm, obscene
behavior, public intoxication, theft and property damage'.The
fraternity has expelled three members and is also holding its own
investigation. The expelled frat members have not been named.It
has yet to determine what exactly took place, but said in a statement
that 'there is no doubt that some our members engaged in unacceptable