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It may come as a surprise to some, but the movement has found strong support among many veterans,

ATLANTA -- With chants of "The banks got bailed out, we got sold out" ricocheting off the tall buildings in the Fairlie-Poplar district, the Occupy Atlanta protestors returned downtown on Veterans Day to ceremoniously foreclose on the local Bank of America.

Demonstrators climbed the ornate iron-work to post a foreclosure sign on the entryway then locked the front doors with two thick bicycle locks.

It may come as a surprise to some, but the movement has found strong support among many veterans, several of whom joined them for the rally Friday.

"When I took an oath when I enlisted it clearly stated to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States," said Hector Barraza, an Army veteran. "And that's what I'm here doing."

By some estimates, there's an army of 76-thousand homeless vets in America, and Occupy has resonated with many.

"Look around," said Navy vet Antoine Odom. "They treat these (Occupy) individuals like they're a disease; they treat veterans like they're a disease. As I walked around the city of Atlanta, I could barely get one individual to tell me thank you for your service."

Vets gathered at Occupy Atlanta's Woodruff Park day camp say adjusting to civilian life is harder than many might think.

"A lot of them don't find jobs," said Army veteran Oliver Beinlich. "Their skill sets are not directly applicable to the modern workforce."

And sometimes help to assimilate back into society is hard to find without positive reinforcements.

"I was homeless once. I was on the street," said veteran R.J.Price. "I've been incarcerated; I've had a lot of problems in my life; but I had people in my life to help me get to where I'm at."

Occupy Atlanta says it wants to help other vets with similar problems find their way home as well.

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