An indictment of Proud Boys for sedition primarily consists of US military veterans.

An indictment of Proud Boys for sedition primarily consists of US military veterans.

According to, the bulk of Proud Boys members indicted for sedition for violence during the Jan. 6 incident were U.S. military veterans.

Among the five members of the right-wing extremist group Proud Boys charged with sedition, four were veterans.

An Army veteran with a Purple Heart, two marines, and a sailor recruit are among those charged.

Hundreds of Trump supporters came to riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the allegations against the Proud Boys.

According to the Department of Justice, Proud Boys members "directed, mobilized, and led members of the crowd onto the Capitol grounds and into the Capitol."

According to the Department of Justice, the group also attempted to remove barricades, harm property, penetrate the Capitol, and assault law enforcement officers.

Four Proud Boys members indicted on Monday had a wide range of military experience.

  • Nordean served as a sailor recruit before the Jan. 6 attack. He assisted in gathering materials and money.

  • According to, Joseph Biggs served in the Army for 12 years and was one of the first people to break through the Capitol's defenses. After two combat tours, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

  • Zachary Rehl allegedly maintained the group's radios and was a four-year Marine logistician. Prior to his dismissal in 2012, he had never been deployed.

  • Dominic Pezzola, the man suspected of smashing the Capitol's first window after reportedly taking a riot shield, served in the reserves as an infantryman for seven years.

"There is concern about the impact of [extremism] on the military's and veteran community's reputations. Jensen explained that when a veteran commits a violent act, it generates a lot of negative press that smears the veteran community, "Jensen explained. "What we miss out on in that news cycle is that there are millions of veterans who will never radicalize."