As a veteran (US Navy 1973-79) Veterans For Peace is quite simply a group of veterans who think there has to be a better way to solve conflicts than running off to war all the time, especially wars cheered on by people who never were in the military. This group does amazing things with little money, but loads of dedication and passion.
Sadly, and apologetically, I was one of those out in right-field who supported Vietnam and every other incursion during the past 40 plus years until that "cowboy" walked us into Iraq under fraudulent circumstances. It was a game-changer for me. I discovered Veterans for Peace, found it to be a strong national organization with focused goals and have been a member now for several years. Best single contribution I have ever made to a non-profit.
J. B. Hooper
Winter Haven, FL
I was drafted in 1969 and went along with the program. It was an eye opening experience, the madness of the military, following orders handed down from the elite. By the time I got out i wanted nothing but to forget the whole ordeal. Years went by knowing in the back of my mind that I should be exposing the truth about war and the mindset that perpetuates it. I don't recall how or even when I found Veterans for Peace but knew imediately that I needed to be a part of such a worthy organization. It takes dedication to maintain an organization that stands for something that you would rather forget forever. Veterans for Peace has true grit and that's noshit.
I am a 20 year veteran of the US Army. While I was on active duty I felt I couldn't reveal how I REALLY felt about our countries constant drive for more conflict, more war, and my confusion as to why the United States still has bases in countries where the conflicts have been over more than 60 years ago??? We waste SO much money with all the testosterone driven "presence" all over the world. I felt I had a great ally in the Veterans for Peace organizations. They speak the truth passionately and stand up for what is really right. I admire all their hard work to put the word out there for people who normally wouldn't be heard. I support Veterans for Peace whole heartedly!
My husband is the veteran and I'm his "Partner for Peace." The VFP helps us to be part of a group that can speak up for peace with authenticity because of their experiences with war. Thank you Veterans for Peace for all the witness you do for those of us who share your goal of peace. You are valued and we hope more Americans will hear your message.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.