Sacramento’s News-10 reports that a small contingent of military veterans staged a protest outside a game tournament sponsored by the US Army in Rancho Cordova, California yesterday.
Members of the group Veterans for Peace assembled outside of an Army training center while teens competed inside. Protester John Reiger told News-10:
It’s like giving candy to kids. It’s sort of like military pedophilia in a way, preying on our young people.
However, Army Sgt. Victor Farrier defended the event, which was staged to show off recruiting game America’s Army:
The event is nothing more than an opportunity for people to become familiar with the Army.
Sgt. Farrier added that only those 17 and older were eligible to participate on their own. Under-17s were admitted as well, if accompanied by a parent.