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Some national veterans organizations vow to remove members charged in the Capitol riots

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. It's been a stunning day as a number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Some national veterans organizations have vowed to remove members who were charged in the Capitol riots, taking a stand against the violent attack last week.

(CNN)Some national veterans organizations have vowed to remove members who were charged in the Capitol riots, taking a stand against the violent attack last week.

Organizations like the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and AMVETS said they also plan to revoke memberships of those found guilty of illegal acts or violence.

The DAV has more than 1 million members and is a bipartisan organization.

While the organization supports its members right to protest, it was "disgusted that vets were involved in any way in acts of violence," Clare said.

DAV National Commander Stephen "Butch" Whitehead said in a statement that the organization is "saddened that any veteran would desecrate" the nation's capitol.

The organization "will take immediate action to initiate the removal of any DAV member found guilty of committing illegal acts against our nation," Whitehead said.

It has not found anyone that was a member, he said.

AMVETS, which has 250,000 members, said it was "shocked, saddened and outraged" by the riots at the Capitol.

The organization's constitution includes an oath taken by members to preserve the democracy and the freedom of the country, AMVETS wrote in a statement to CNN.

AMVETS said if any of its members participated in the violence, they would be expelled from the organization by their local post.

The organization said it had not seen any evidence of any of its members being involved.

John Raughter, a spokesman for American Legion, said the organization is leaving disciplinary actions up to its posts if members violated its principles.

Thus far, the organization said it has not heard of any of its nearly 2 million members being part of the violence, he said.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), which has more than 1. 5 million members, told CNN that at this time, it does "not know if any VFW members participated in last week's attack on our nation's Capitol. "

To date, the veterans organizations CNN spoke with said those facing charges are not on their membership lists.

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