How to Be Vegan in the Military | Sgt. Alex Contreras


Being vegan can be challenging. Being in the
military can most definitely be challenging. Being vegan IN the military…well you see
where I’m going with this. Well I’ve received questions from vegans and those interested
in becoming vegan who are in the military asking how to being deal with these challenges,
so I set out to find someone far more qualified than I to answer. Hi it’s Emily from Bite Size Vegan and welcome
to another vegan nugget. So in my quest to find a vegan in the military to speak to the
unique challenges such a person comes up against, I came across an article by then Specialist
Alexander Contreras. Now Sergeant Contreras, Alex, as he prefers to be called, was incredibly
generous with his time to sit down and speak to his personal experience as a vegan in the
military and hopefully help others in the same situation. Emily: Well Alex, I want to thank you so much
for taking time out of your schedule to be on here and to help people out. Alex: Not a problem. Emily: A little bit of background. When and
why did you go vegan? Alex: Well, it’s kind of a long story but
just to make it simple. I think when I was around 11…10, I watched Finding Nemo- there
was a line in there that says, ‘fish are friends, not food’. And that always stuck
with me, and I would always think about it as I was eating chicken nuggets or something
like that. Then, my mother passed away and that kind of like…gave me time to think
about certain things as far as death, and things like that. So, at the age of 17 I came
across the video ‘Glass Walls’, and that made me go vegetarian for about a month. Then,
I saw something on my timeline on FaceBook. It was the documentary, well, a trailer of
the documentary ‘Earthlings’. So, I decided to go to earthlings.com and watch it, and
that instantly, that day I was like, ‘I’m going vegan’. I couldn’t contribute to
that. Emily: Okay, then could you, I guess tell
us when, and if you want as well, why you joined the military? Alex: Around that age 18…17…18, there
was rough times happening inside of the house. Due to my new found religious views, I’m
agnostic now, and my new, I guess, philosophy about animals my dad didn’t agree with me
being vegan. And it was just kind of messing up our relationship so I decided to leave
the house, and I ended up living under…I guess a place called ‘Beltway 8’, I call
it the bridge but it’s actually a highway or a freeway. Then, after a month I moved
in with my uncle and then on Jan. 2012 is when I shipped out to Fort Benning, GA to
go to, I guess infantry training so. Emily: Can you lead us a little bit through
your initial experience with basic training? Alex: Oh man…yeah, when I got there, you
know, I figured that I wasn’t going to eat and I was right in a sense. So, they have
MRE’s in the morning before you go to religious service. Back then we were just tired and
you don’t, you just want to relax. You end up going to these religious services so I
went to a buddhist service. And in the morning you don’t get hot chow…if you’re quick
enough you can, but even if I did try to get the hot chow, there wouldn’t be nothing
for me. There’s eggs, bacon…yeah all of that stuff. And MRE’s, they only have a
vegetarian option not a vegan option, and the only thing in there you can eat are crackers.
So, I do want to get in touch people that can possibly make MRE’s for vegans. And
when I did get to the chow hall they had a salad bar…with raisins and apples, but we
gotta be realistic here. I’m not going to live off of raisins and apples…healthfully.
Yeah, that’s how it was for those specific days- I went 2 weeks without eating but I’m
not going to blame the cadre or the drill sergeants or anything because I didn’t want
them to know. You know, when you’re new to the army you’re just…you have a fear
of the drill sergeants, so you’re not going to let them know that you’re vegan. So,
yeah that’s how that was. I kind of like starved myself and sometimes my buddies would
give me an orange or something but yeah, the FTX at the last part of the cycle I starved
for an entire week. So, but yeah, I was able to accomplish everything. I mean, I guess
with will – drive. That’s pretty much it. Emily: So, you talked a little bit about not
wanting to tell your superiors initially about being vegan. What has kind of been the reaction
of the leadership within the military to you? Alex: I’ve had a lot of leadership as far
as platoon sergeants and team leaders just because I’ve been in for 3 years now. I’ve
also just become a sergeant, so I also have duties as well as leadership. I had one…I’ll
just go ahead and shout out his name, Staff Sergeant Gouge. He went through hell trying
to get me food when we were in the field. He would contact the company commander and
say ‘Hey, we have someone who has special diet needs’, you know, just not to make
a fuss about it. But they’d say vegan, but then they wouldn’t understand what that
was so they’d have to say vegetarian, but doesn’t eat cheese or dairy, or honey, or
anything like that. So, there were people inside of my company and my battalion that
would look out for me. And then there were some that couldn’t give a rat’s ass, excuse
my language. Yeah, there were some that seen it as…like a taboo and I want to abolish that
in the military. There’s some things that vegans need that, you know, I’d say Muslims
can get or Jewish people can get just based on a belief, and ours is a philosophy, not
to be offensive, but based on fact. And we still can’t get certain needs met unless
somebody higher up stands for us, and sometimes that’s not possible. Emily: Could you talk a little bit about,
like with your field rations, did you…pre-pack some things or are you even able to do that,
how do you deal with that? Alex: So what I do, I learned the hard way
[laughs]. Say if we…my first field problem was an entire month. It was in 2012 and…I
didn’t bring…what did I bring?…I didn’t bring any food actually and I was like ‘they’ll
have hot chow. they’ll bring green beans or whatever’, but they did occasionally.
And when they didn’t we had to eat MRE’s and obviously there are no MRE’s that are
vegan. Oh, as a matter of fact, the sergeant major, the command sergeant major in 2012
that I had. Command sergeant major Hackard who was the battalion commander at that time.
He actually introduced me to vegan ramen. I guess he ate it there. I was there at that
field problem and he gave ‘em to me, and saw that I wasn’t eating, so he gave those
to me. And I was like ‘wow, that’s very thoughtful’. So, that’s someone who’s
higher up who gave me some vegan options. He didn’t really ask why are you vegan or
anything. He just…he had an eye out for me so he gave me ramen, and now I discovered
vegan ramen through him. So, then the next field problem how I packed, just in case there’s
anybody out there that needs advice. I get a duffle bag, it’s a military green duffle
bag. The new one’s zip from the sides so they’re more convenient. You can bring all
the snacks you want, just load it. And don’t be afraid that your chain in command is gonna
be like ‘you can’t pack that on the striker’ or whatever vehicle you ride in to go to the
field problem because you can bring as much snacks as you need. If anybody tries to make
a hassle of it there’s open door policies. Just bring it to the next chain of command. Emily: So, I know you said you had some…you’ve
had some authority that have been helpful and some that have been not and other people
that have helped. What’s been the general reaction of your…your, I don’t know if
you call them colleagues [laughs] really in the army but other people that are in the
army with you. How has that interaction been in general? Alex: I do get crap for it…sometimes. But
I have made friends within my platoon, within my company and battalion that get it, and
understand it. Some even said they wanted to try it. In the barracks room, cause I’ve
lived in the barracks room, I cook and I’d feed my friends vegan food just to expose,
and kill that stigma that vegan food is ‘blah’. They think vegan food is tofu and iceberg
lettuce for some reason. But I showed them that they can have everything that you can
have when you eat meat, but without all the death and murder. So they’ve been okay with
it and then there’s some that just absolutely don’t understand it at all. And sometimes
it gets difficult to repeat myself, and describe what it is or why it matters, but…yeah,
we have some work to do. Emily: What would you say would be like your,
the greatest challenges or challenge and the greatest victory that you’ve had with being
vegan in the military? Alex: The greatest challenge I would have
to say is…or was, basic training because I did starve myself. The greatest accomplishment
I would have to say is just making small amount of people in the military understand what
veganism is because a lot of people have even heard of the word vegan until they met me.
And when they told me that, my buddy Miguel, he told me that he didn’t know what vegan
was until he met me. And now he actually craves a vegan menudo as opposed to the traditional
mexican menudo, so, that was awesome when he told me that. And also another great accomplishment
is I won the ‘Peta2’s Cutest Vegan Alive’, so I thought that was cool. I really don’t
think I’m that attractive but I guess people thought I was attractive so that was awesome.
And, yeah having this interview. Emily: Oh…well thank you, thank you. Well,
that’s exciting and I think that’s a huge accomplishment to be making that impression
within the military. You’re kind of bringing that activism into a place that I think doesn’t
really get a whole lot of that by any means. Did you ever think about maybe, because like
you said, you can…when you have religious objections or for the muslims, or the jewish.
Or if you have, I’m sure if you had severe allergies or dietary restrictions that…changes
would be made for you or accommodations would be made. Did you ever have that idea, that
okay maybe I’ll just phrase it this way rather than saying that I’m vegan? Alex: No…[laughs] To be honest, no I didn’t.
When I applied for separate rations which is something that you get…cause when you
live in the barracks and you’re a single soldier they take a certain amount of money
out every month so that the chow hall gets that. Because they just assume that you eat
at the chow hall, I don’t. So, I would figure let me try and get that money back so I can
use that on actual food that I eat. So, I put it in a 4187 and I legitimately, straight
up my reason is because I am vegan, and thankfully I had proof so my situation is different.
I ended up getting separate rations in Jan. 2015. I only got it because there was proof
that I won the ‘Peta2’s Cutest Vegan Alive’ and Peta had written the article so I attached
that to the 4187, and through that I guess there was enough solid proof that I wasn’t
a gimmick with the lifestyle I guess. Emily: That’s interesting. I’m wondering
how people are supposed to prove they’re vegan if they haven’t been written up in
an article. That’s very strange. Alex: I don’t know if this is a great idea
but maybe for the viewers. Maybe they can put their input. What would they think if
we made, in the military at least, vegan a religious belief but not in the sense as christianity.
We practice it everyday, and it is, in a sense, it’s a belief based on factual things that
occur in real life. So yeah, I wonder what other people would think about that because
I kind of accepted that. It’ll be easier for vegans in the military to say, you know
‘I’m vegan’, and be able to put it on the application without having to prove anything,
it’s on their dogtag. And that way also, if they have to get anything administered
to them they’d have a vegan option. I think it would be pretty good, but that would be
nice if your viewers can touch on that. Emily: Well alright, if people have some more
questions or they want to get in touch with you to kind of, pick your brain a little bit,
where can they find you? Alex: Okay, they can find me @yakuyabai on
twitter. And they can find me on facebook, on my personal facebook you can add me: Alexander
Contreras and I’ll be fine with you messaging me. I can answer any of your questions. Emily: Well again t hank you so much for your
time, I know that you’re getting ready to…it’s not “ship off”…what is it? Alex: Oh I’m about to report to Fort Campbell,
Kentucky. I just finished my three years in Ft.Wainwright, Alaska, so I have to PCS to
a new duty station. Emily: Alright. Well, I mean with all of that
going on, I really appreciate your time, and congratulations on your promotion to Sergeant. Alex: Thank you Emily: And thank you so much for your advocacy
and staying strong and staying vegan in the military- I think it’s a phenomenal example,
so thank you. Alex: Thank you so much. Thank you I hope you enjoyed hearing from Alex on his
experience of being vegan in the military. I certainly hope that this has been helpful
to those of you in or interested in entering the military who are vegan or wanting to go
vegan. I personally find it frustrating, as Alex
has expressed, that religious preferences or allergy-based dietary restrictions are
honored while moral objections are not. This is the case in many institutions unfortunately.
But my hope is that people like Alex can help create change from within the institution
itself. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter,
especially Alex’s question to you about what you think about classifying veganism
as a religion. Let me know what you think in the comments. My thanks to Sergeant Contreras for his time
and advocacy. If you enjoyed hearing from Alex, give this video a big thumbs up and
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100 thoughts on “How to Be Vegan in the Military | Sgt. Alex Contreras

  1. I'm sure I'm not the first one to bring this up, and bear in mind that whereas I don't have anything directly against Alex, I find his lifestyle choces a bit…uneasy to conjoin. Whether it's because of the environment or health reasons, no person can deny the obvious moral contradiction with being a Vegan soldier. I'm honestly trying my best not to sound judgemental, but could anyone be vegan and serve the military at the same time?

  2. Do you believe environmentalism and the military go together? I'm studying conservation and am vegetarian, also joining the Australian army reserves next year. If I tell people that I'm doing Conservation they think it's great, if i tell them I'm joining the army they think it's great. But if I tell people that I'm doing both they look at me as if I'm insane! I would certainly hope the two could work together.

  3. Religious services? They make you attend those? No wonder why most US soldiers are mindless genocidal drones. How can you be vegan and be a part of the world's leading terrorist organization that has played a direct role in the massacre million millions of innocent poor people?

  4. Thanks Alex Contreres.
    I'm in the Navy and I recently went vegan. It's good to know I'm not the only one out there.
    🙂

  5. Based on how the military is currently set up, I think that making veganism a religious belief would help people MUCH faster than any other method.

  6. The Military has, excepts, acknowledges and goes out of its way to properly feed thier soldiers. It's your right to eat as your diet specifies.

  7. really good important  video . I first came across the vegan youtubers including durianrider back in 2011 while I was serving in the US NAVY. I went vegan for a month while serving but it wasn't easy to find sustainable plant based food in the military barracks and chow halls not to mention the ship. so I switched to vegetarian until I left the military. really important video there are people serving in the military who want to go plant based and who need this information and advice. THANK YOU!

  8. There's got to be a religion that already practices veganism out of all the religions that exist today. What about Unitarian Universalism? Religions that leave the actual beliefs up to each individual. Thank you for this video. I am prior service working to be commissioned & yes, I want to be able to be vegan again!!!!! It is so difficult to be as a military member & as a civilian.

  9. Vegan in the Canadian Forces here. It's not a struggle, because the alternative is to eat animals, which is unacceptable. If I have to live off of rice and oily cold beans from the salad bar when eating at the mess (the kitchen), then so be it. When the "vegetarian alternative" is often something like a "cheese pie," then that's a no go too.

    Fantastic video, great to see other vegans in the military.

  10. Step 1: Don't eat at the chow hall.
    Step 2: Get comrats and buy your shit from the commissary. Just don't marry a stripper.
    Step 3: In the field, don't worry about MREs. Everyone knows that they don't have real ingredients in them.
    Step 4: Tell everyone in your unit about how you're a vegan and act morally superior around everyone.

  11. I thought I was the only one (vegan in the military)! I figured there had to be more out there but to my experience I was the only vegan that a lot of the people in my unit knew, period! This is a great video and congrats to SGT Contreras on the promotion.

  12. It can be easier. Basic training being an exception, there are many jobs in the military, which allow you to be stationed in places with better options, and that do not do, or very rarely do field training exercises. some places even give you money every month to buy food, it all depends, but at some bases and in certain jobs, vegans can do just fine in the military

  13. I am german and I think the german government does not enough for vegans. We have to hunger and bring more power than others. It sucks. That is why I quit to being a soldier in 2004. Yes, I had to train harder than others. In my free time I was boxing, running and spending all my money for all vegan food I could get. There were times, when I was only able to eat a bag of oats and wheat and drinking water for many weeks. At least all became better. Vegan is no religion, it is a philosophy, a trueth to your heart and it is fairness.

  14. I sent this to my friend in the military. He's not vegan, but he did have some questions a while back about what to eat other than eggs; so I thought this might be of use to him. Thanks for this video!

  15. I don't understand how you can be a Vegan in the military? Of course the more Vegans the better but to have that compassion to other animals other than ourselves yet be part of an organisation that is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of humans in wars over the last 25 years alone mostly for oil or political gains and nearly all victims being innocent civilians, men, women and children, mums and dads, brothers and sisters and who knows how many animals.That is the strangest concept that I just can't get my head around, It's all murder isn't it? but in the military you get a medal for it, and the victims wife and children get their husband and dad back in a box but if someone rapes your child and you kill them you get life in prison? Is not every part of the meat industry responsible from breeder, farmer, driver, slaughterhouse worker, butcher, consumer, I just can't see the difference with being part of that and being part of the military that is responsible for so much death, pain and human tragedy of innocent people…I don't mean to offend and I'm sorry if I have but I just don't get it.

  16. I just ca't wrap my head around how you could be vegan and in the military. How can you support an organisation that has killed thousands of civilian humans?? You're contributing to the suffering of animals, human animals

  17. I was a vegetarian when I joined. Even then it was difficult. I was vegan when I could be. My experience thus far has been good, but it is important to speak to your cadre. Now being a vegan it is much more difficult during field training if you aren't prepared. Look forward to many tummy grumbles. I think it would be great if they changed the MREs to vegan, that way they cater to not only vegan/vegetarian needs, but for dietary rules found in some religions ❤️

  18. Thank you so much to the both of you for this post. This is something I was stressing over because I'm due to go to basic training in a couple months. This was ever so helpful!

  19. This was very interesting. Being Wiccan, and having friends in the military who r Wiccan, I know their journey has been a hard won victory in some areas. Getting that religion to be accepted and honored has been a long fight for religious rights. Now though, Wiccan can be put on you dog tags and your grave stone can now also show u are Wiccan. I am sure the fight to prove Wicca as a region was a hard earned fight. Since Veganism is not a religion I don't know if that would work. But it definitely should be honored as a moral belief system. It will take a lot of Vegans coming clean about their needs and not hiding under the guise of a religious choice or allergies.

  20. Too bad you're not at fort Carson. My husband is stationed here and we're trying to find more friends haha he isn't vegan but I am. It's hard trying to make friends then have them freak out saying when you have kids you'll be abusing them by having them vegan…

  21. Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!! I'm going to the military soon and Can't wait have the experience to teach others too!!

  22. I'm in the Navy and I felt like I really related to this a lot. As a new youtuber to the vegan/military community (6 years in the Navy and 2 years vegan) I definitely related to the mixed reactions from people we work with. I'm really glad that he provided insight on the boot camp experience. I really want to do a video on being vegan in Navy boot camp, but I wasn't vegan at the time and I'm basically trying to go off of memory, so seeing his insight was really helpful. Thanks for doing this interview!

  23. Veganism is a philosophy based on facts while religion is a philosophy based on beliefs.
    And to answer his question, yes, veganism should be considered similar to a religious belief.

  24. So grateful for this video! I am trying to learn everything I can to help my husband as he's a new vegan in the military. I need to ask him about boots. My husband is very laid back about pushing his stand. He thinks that he doesn't have a choice. If he does, I want him to know about it!

  25. I've been a Vegan for almost a decade now and I'm also a Veteran. There are several comments suggesting that Vegans shouldn't be in the military. I can understand the fundamental philosophy behind that point of view but my question to those of you that think that way is, where do you suggest everyone work at that is a Vegan? The two largest employers in the U.S. are the military(DOD and FEDS) and Walmart. Walmart doesn't support Veganism either. So, just between those two employers, you have millions of people in the U.S. working jobs that don't parallel with the beliefs of Veganism. Where do you suggest all those people work? Not everyone can be a farmer or work for some conservation agency or animal welfare program. There simply aren't enough jobs in those sectors. So do you want everyone to starve to death and have their homes foreclosed? There aren't enough "Vegan" jobs to support the entire workforce, therefore some people must work in "non-Vegan" jobs such as the military or Walmart for examples. I just want all the haters to realize that cause it obviously went right over their heads. I've never heard anyone in the Vegan community intellectually address that fundamental problem about Veganism/Capitalism.

  26. In the UK military you have to rip chickens heads of during field exs, making it pretty much impossible to vegan

  27. I think it's a great idea to have vegan in records and on dog tags ! I was thinking about that the other day and what would happen if I was hospitalized and was being administered things or fed things I did not want in my body. I think it's a step in the right direction and would help people not in the military also.

  28. I'm currently deployed, and I'd love to convert to a vegan from already being a vegetarian (8 years) but paying out of pocket for vegan food and snacks is not ideal for my budget when I'm trying to save my deployment money. :/ any help? And can anyone recommend vegan companies to send me vegan care packages?

  29. I dont think veganism would be made a religion. Atleast until we are the majority. Creating that barrier would further distance the message of veganism from people, making it difficult for people to adopt the lifestyle, Veganism is simply being nice to other living animals and treating everyone fairly. It doesnt have to be religiously independent but rather incorporated into every religion, because religion is not going to be obsolete soon enough. It has a message that should resonate with every human, immaterial of their other beliefs.

  30. Seventh Day Adventists adhere to the vegan lifestyle in many cases. So by saying that, I would assume the military makes an effort to get them the vegan food choices. Just a thought-I don't know much about the military, but was just interested in vegan soldiers because there's a dichotomy there. Promoting specific alpha males, such as in the military and sports, can really help veganism and very healthy eating. The myth to be destroyed is that alpha males can't get their big muscles with just plants. We know that is false. It's learning though, spreading the message. I wouldn't blame people who don't know.

  31. Im a vegan im the army. Not going to lie i had tto give it up for a while because i was getting sick. Im.deployed right now in qatar and i wanna go back to being vegan. Any advice for getting enough protine for someone who works out twice a day. I recently started taking vegan protine but im not sure what to eat to keep my natural sugar count down and to help keep weight down.

    Thanks for thr video!
    PFC Jankuski CBRN

  32. I'm a Warrant Officer in US Army Food Service and looking to make improvements for Soldiers. I can help. Join my page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1840564079294709/

  33. Awesome video thank you. I'm in the Australian Army Reserves and I find it hard as there are no vegan options for when we go out field. I am going to take this inspiration and talk to my superiors and try to work out something for when I do go field and on course. Thanks for giving me the confidence to do so.

  34. Currently halfway through Canadian BMQ, a strict vegan. I was afraid it would be difficult for me, but I've been able to get by without many problems 🙂

  35. I am a vegan Army veteran and there are definitely things you can eat while in basic training in the chow hall: oatmeal made with water, fruit, bread with peanut butter and jelly, rice, beans, potatoes, plain pasta with marinara and steamed vegetables. With the MRE you can eat crackers with the peanut butter (if you let people know you don’t eat dairy, they might be nice enough to trade their peanut butter with whatever else you have) and apple sauce. During the field exercises, we always had plain rice, some type of vegetable and bread with peanut butter. You definitely don’t have to starve yourself. Once you are out of basic training, things get a lot easier.

  36. I'm sorry, but being vegan is about not causing any unnecessary harm to an other sentient being, and, being in the military, just being there is causing harm to someone somewhere in the world. Unnecessary harm. So, showing compassion to animals, while going to war zone, to fight others and destroy their land, home and lives in the process is… Hypocritical.

  37. Psssht just say youre vegan do to religious reason " im a 7th day Adventists bro, ARE U DISCRIMINATING ME CAUSE OF MY RELIGION" bam problem solved

  38. bravo Alex , but what's really surprising is that fruits aren't offered in abundance in the first place ! how could it be said that the soldiers are being fed a healthy diet ( whatever their morals ) without giving them fruit to eat ?

  39. My dad had "Haloism" on his dog tags when he was in the SF. I'm sure you could put "VEGAN" down in the same way.

  40. im about to join the military and this video does not help me in any way. I need actual answers. Perhaps claiming a religion or something might work. Im still trying to find the answer.

  41. There are only three religions in the world, when defined as having a dogma: Judaism, Christian, and Muslim.  All other practices are more properly refered to as faith:  Buddhism is a set of practices without dogma, likewise veganism is a set of practices –so that's a great idea!

  42. I’ve been vegan for 5 months and I’m about to leave for basic soon.. my number one worry is having to starve..

  43. I'm working through these issues. Its a little different on submarines tho. Lol. Its cool to know I'm not alone. Thank you.

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  45. I am currently serving the military and changed to a vegan lifestyle almost a year ago. My family and I made the change from omni to vegan literally overnight. I got a lot of flack for it at work and still do to a certain extent. However, people have seen that it was not a passing diet and see that it is a serious change in my life. My experience has influenced some of my peers to try the vegan lifestyle and others to respect it. I can definitely relate to this video.

  46. As another member of the Armed Forces and Vegan I agree that they should create a vegan friendly MRE and I also agree for adding to registered beliefs in the military.

  47. Try surviving in a jungle warfare and see what happens when you ran out of supplies. You got three choices:
    Starve and lose your strength, eat grass, or eat a frog.. or some bugs. or earthworms.

  48. This is a great video! My husband has been in the military for 22 years. We know several fellow military members that are also vegan. Most are forced to forgo their beliefs for vegetarian food when in the field or deployments for survival necessity. It’s wrong and un-just. Giving the option of a bean, rice, and vegetable MRE would not be expensive or difficult to make. I’m going to also look into how I can help change this issue. It would be great if there could be a box check for this item too on paper work!

  49. It Depends On What Ur Doing In The Army I Think And What Kind Of Army You In US Army Does Allot Of Few Days Or Weeks Missions Then Its Possible But In A War Like ww2 A 24/7 War Where You Live 5 yrs On The Front A Vegan Will Have A Really Hard Time.

  50. All these comments about how vegans shouldn't be in the military is astounding to me. Of course you can be vegan. Protecting and defending is not the same thing as murder. For example, let's say you are a vegan and a bear tries to attack you. Naturally you try to defend your life and kill the bear. Does that mean you are not vegan ? Absolutely not. You didn't go out of your way to murder the creature or pay to have it murdered. You were simply defending your life. Military Men and women protect us from violent groups in other nations. They risk and or sacrifice their lives for us. To all the military men and women out there, I respect you and thank you for your service.

  51. I just found your video and was very interested in the story. My daughter left for Ft Benning in Aug of this year. She says she thinks she is gaining weight because all she is eating is carbs. She we harassed because she wouldn't eat the spaghetti with meat sauce they served. When she told them she was Vegan they got her another plate. She refused to eat it again. She only ate the corn and the salad. They still don't have Vegan MRE's. She is a Christian so it's not a religious thing for her but it's crazy that they still haven't changed. She says she tried to eat something that we meat and she said she didn't think it was fully cooked. Yuck! It is definitely a road less traveled. I tried and living in the South and not in a big city you are always the weird one who won't eat anything at a family gathering or restaurant.

  52. This does NOT apply to USMC. Believe me, no one at Boot Camp will give a fuck, up to you to grab extra peanut butter and bread, have your family send you vegan protein bars, after boot it’s a little easier at MCT or ITB (for us real ones), once you get to the Fleet it’s a lot easier.

  53. What about the boots? How did he manage? For now the only two brands that actually make (field proven) combat boots that I am aware of are 5.11 and Danner. Any other suggestions?

  54. I mean like veganism is almost similar to a religion in a way because it’s an extreme moral opposition to animal suffering in a way that’s executed similarly to a religion

  55. What about potatoes??? Lots of potatoes. You can live off them! Potatoes with a little salt on them.

  56. I am not a vegan and never will be but I was riveted by this video . Had never thought about it in the military but this is an eye opener. Thanks young man. Vegan as a religion nice idea

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