VETERANS FOR PEACE INC - National Office

Rating: 4.78 stars   36 reviews

Issues: International, Veterans

Location: 216 S Meramec Ave Saint Louis MO 63105 USA

Mission: Veterans For Peace, Inc. (VFP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others (a) To increase public awareness of the costs of war (b) To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations (c) To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons (d) To seek justice for veterans and victims of war (e) To abolish war as an instrument of national policy. To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am not a veteran, being a woman when women did not go to war. But I admire the work of Veterans for Peace. I have been to VFP national conventions and have participated in many programs that the Veterans have sponsored. Their dedication to peace is phenomenal. Their kindness is also phenomenal. I know also they are a great support to each other. And they are inspiring to others. They help each other, and they help all of us to understand the trauma of war and the need to strive for peace through their work nationwide and worldwide.

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I joined VFP in 2002. I used to be satisfied that I'd done a good job during my nearly-full military career. I began to realize the lies and abuses my country causes while I was in and thought it was enough to remove myself from the military. But our militant attitudes permeate our country. I came home to a different society than the one I left in 1979. I was the one who was different, I guess. Suddenly I saw we couldn't get enough violence at the expense of the world's poor. Since Oct 2001 we've caused such misery at home and abroad by our extravagant, excessive spending to dominate the global scene militarily. My dream is that the work of groups like VFP will help shift public acceptance of this imbalance. I believe in our Constitutional rights AND obligations. We can change our country's focus. JOIN US!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Without VFP I'd be a mental wreck. I woke up to my military experience (Army, infantry in the U.S. war against the people of Viet Nam) in January of 2003. I turned on the TV one night and the movie "Platoon" was playing. I had never read or watched anything about Viet Nam since I left there in early 1971. I figured I could handle it now. Wrong. I saw the children with big brown eyes and tatted clothes and it all came back - like a lightening bolt - the sights, the sounds, the smells. I was introduced to VFP by Bob Krzewinski in Michigan. I joined and am now immersed in VFP. It is my life line. I wear something VFP everyday and engage in dialogue about our mission at every opportunity. VFP is the place for me!

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I woke up to my military experience (Army, infantry, Viet Nam) in January of 2003. I was overwhelmed with striff/panic/shame/anger for many months. I have an MBA and I used my research skills to learn all I could about war, violence, politics, foreign affairs, other cultures, and many other topics. I gained knowledge, but I needed more than knowledge. About a year later I attended a peace rally in Ann Arbor, MI . A guy approached me and asked if I had heard of Veterans For Peace. I hadn't. I took his info., went home and researched the group. I joined soon after that and the association has changed my life. I thought I was alone with my issues. I wasn't. The people I've met via VFP have introduced me to books, videos, and other resources that I would never have found on my own. More importantly, I've met many great folks all over the country who have followed the same path and are speaking and acting for true, Gandhi style peace. They give me the strength and courage to oppose violence as a solution.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I joined VFP in 2001 knowing that we were headed into another long and futile war. The members I have met in the last 13 years are dedicated to abolishing war, are courageously and non violently standing up to the powerful war mongers, and continually educating people that war can be resisted. We need more vets to join us and we could definitely change the national discussions on how to wage peace.

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Have been involved for over 25 years, interacting with other Veterans in educating the public regarding the true costs of our unnecessary wars, to abolish war as a means of resolving conflicts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure that the media is better informed of, and uses, the resources of Veterans For Peace.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Inspiring interaction with other Veterans and supporters regarding their experiences, and efforts to end war as a means of conflict resolution.
Excellent use of time and resources and up-to-date website with pictures and descriptions of events and actions.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am quite active in spreading the word about the mission of VFP, to Abolish War, and pursue Peaceful Alternatives to conflict.

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Definitely

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Veterans For Peace held an incredibly successful 29th annual convention July 23 - 27 in Asheville, NC. For the 2nd consecutive year (also Madison in August 2013), VFP was welcomed by our host city's mayor. The convention lasted 5 days, drawing nearly 400 participants. One highlight was an Iraq and Afghanistan veterans caucus, drawing over 3 dozen young veterans. Our keynote speaker, Cynthia McKinney, was preceded by keynoter Alice Walker at our 2012 convention in Miami, which itself was followed by a fact-finding tour to Haiti with Alice, Colonel Ann Wright (ret.) and 16 other participants.

Veterans For Peace is unique in its demographic, institutional viability, and enthusiasm for activism shown consistently in over 100 communities. Veterans For Peace is one of the most reliable groups on the American scene in the fight for peace and equality.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue our efforts at institutionalizing our funding streams (bequests, recurring credit-car donations, etc.). Solidify efforts to pass the torch to a younger generation of veterans/peace activists, with special attention given to women vets and vets of color.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Excellent usage of time and resources as well as exemplarary image of non violence. The dialogue was encouraging and inspiring. Everyone can benefit.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The work of VFP is essential in keeping the consciousness of peace forefront in our thinking. VFP can help us evolve from using war to resolve conflict, to peaceful, beneficial, cooperative methods.

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2012

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Veterans for Peace brings actions and awareness to the importance of being and acting fore peace rather than merely being against war.

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

Veterans for Peace lends its voice of authority to the peace movement. They rock!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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