The Raiders Foundation hosted the event in advance of Veterans’ Day November 11, inviting veterans from organizations including Sentinels of Freedom, Wounded Warrior Project and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, to spend the afternoon with Raider players and the Raiderettes.

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As the antiwar advocacy groups Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War held a joint press conference Friday afternoon in front of City Hall, near the center of the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland Police arrived at the plaza and began handing out “Notice of Violations” fliers. The fliers stated that all belongings and infrastructure must be removed from the plaza “immediately.” They warned, “Your continued use of the Plaza for overnight lodging will subject you to arrest.”

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For many of Alameda County’s nearly 75,000 veterans, this Veteran’s Day was more than just an opportunity to fire up the barbecue. It was a time to reflect on the role their military service has played in their lives. Oakland North reporters Roberto Daza, Nicole Jones and Teresa Chin asked four former servicemen to share their stories for this multimedia presentation.

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