I'm another Vietnam era draftee who regrets having any part in the military at that time, even fifty years
later. Why are we still funding the military at obscene levels while most of our leaders complain that there isn't enough money for education, social services, taking care of children, infrastructure, health care, or even taking care of the needs of combat veterans!
I'm very pleased with Veterans For Peace. It keeps me informed about ongoing and new peace issues and opportunities for effective activism to oppose them.
I'm equally pleased with my local chapter, which is passionately interested in national, international and
local peace and justice issues. Fellow members are smart, keep current, and teach and inspire me to stay involved.
Respect for the veterans, largely Vietnam era, who have kept their commitment to peace and exposing the lies and commemorating those killed which goes with involvement in war. Despite their opposition to war, they have not forgotten their fellow vets who continue to suffer-pscyolologically and physically-from wars. They are committed to not forgetting those who have died and also work with other groups that some mainstream peace groups avoid. Even before renewed political activism generated by the Occupy movement, Veterans for Peace were there. They are doing a great job. Their involvement lends credence to the peace movement.
The Veterans For Peace have done a great job in raising attention for the difficulties war veterans face today. They relieve loneliness and isolation and help creating awareness about the silent longterm aftermath of wars. The importance of Veterans For Peace stretches across international borders.
I am an Iraq vet. I have a sixty percent service connected disability for PTSD and Hearing Loss. Veterans for Peace is an organization that I believe in, now more than ever. I knew a young girl, 18 just out of basic training. I trained with her at Ft. Bliss. She was apprehensive about going to Iraq. Now she is dead. She was killed by an IED/roadside bomb.
I have known only a few veterans who belong, but have seen their Facebook page and the information compiled there is useful to activists of any level. Veterans telling the truth about War, Veterans Affairs and the world in which we live. Since the Pentagon's crushing disinformation campaign distorts, so does VFP clear the muddied waters of discourse in many ares. Their protest work is superb and effective across the board, since vets are diverse as the US itself.