WASHINGTON -- A group of military officers and their families rallied on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, calling for an end to what they call the "occupation of Iraq."
The group hand delivered an appeal to Congress to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq from more than 1,000 active-duty troops.
A Bethesda, Md., woman whose son died in Iraq last year was among the protestors who spoke to the crowd.
"We must stop this escalation," Gilda Carbonaro said. "We must bring these children home. They're our children. We must do what we haven't done before. We must pay attention. We must demand that Congress bring them home."
Carbonaro's son Alex is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was killed when his Humvee rolled over an explosive device last May. It was his second tour of duty in Iraq.